Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS)
The Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS) aims to improve site workers’ competence to reduce accidents and drive up on-site efficiencies.
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 demanded as evidence of occupational competence by many, including contractors, public and private clients.
CITB administers the scheme under contract.
Cards cost £30 and the Health, Safety & Environment Test is £17.50.
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, check you understand what additional services you will receive from these organisations.
For more information about CSCS, the Occupations covered and how to apply for a card: