Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS)

The Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS) provides proof that individuals working on construction sites have the necessary training and qualifications to carry out their work.

To apply for a CSCS card you need to:

  1. Find out which card you need and any qualifications required - using the card finder section on the CSCS website 
  2. Take the necessary Health, safety and environment test - which can be booked online or by calling 0344 994 4488. The test costs £17.50 and you can check which test you need to book by using the CSCS card finder                  
  3. Call the CSCS Contact Centre on 0344 994 4777

More information about CSCS, the occupations covered and applying for a card are available from the CSCS website –

CSCS Labourer card

The requirements for labourers changed in July 2014. If you are a labourer, take a look at the guidance video to find out about CSCS card requirements and how to get a card.

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Note: You can apply for a card directly or through your employer, however there are organisations who offer application services. If you are being charged more than £30 for a card or £17.50 for a Health, safety and environment test, check that you understand what additional services you will receive from these organisations.

Online Card Checker

The Online Card Checker lets you search card and test details for workers with scheme memberships or tests administered by CITB.

You can use the online card checker service to check if a CSCS card is valid. You do not need to register for this service and will be able to check a card straight away

Health, safety and environment test

More information on booking the test and how to prepare for it is available within our Health, safety and environment section

About CSCS

Set up in the 90s, the scheme keeps a database of those working in construction that achieve (or can demonstrate they have already attained) an agreed level of occupational competence.

Successful applicants are issued with a card giving them a means of identification and proof of their achievements.

Today there are over 1.7 million cards in circulation, and they’re increasingly being used as evidence of occupational competence by many, including contractors, public and private clients.

CITB administers the scheme under contract.

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