About the health, safety and environment test

The CITB Health, safety & environment test helps raise standards across the industry. 

It should be used as a stepping stone for employers and their workforce to develop their knowledge even further. Find out more below:

Important: 18 June 2018 CITB HS&E test price increases 

The CITB HS&E test price will increase from £19.50 to £21 from Monday 18 June 2018. 

If you pre-book and pay for your HS&E test/s online or by phone before 18 June, but take your test after the 18 June, you will not be charged extra.

Alternatively, if you buy HS&E test vouchers before the price increase, as the vouchers are valid for 12 months, you will not be charged extra.

The increase will allow CITB to continue to reinvest in a product that meets the expanding health and safety requirements of construction, as well as keep up to date with developments in how best to assess the application of knowledge.

About the test

CITB is reviewing the Health, safety and environment (HS&E) test to ensure that it continues to contribute towards a qualified workforce with the right knowledge, skills and training.

All tests last for 45 minutes and have 50 questions. The test now includes two new question styles. The content of the questions will not change but a few questions may be presented in a different way. Information regarding the changes, the new question styles and what is happening in the future can be found here. The test will still be made up of behavioural case studies and knowledge questions to check your understanding of how to behave and raise your awareness of health, safety and environmental issues.

Tests available

All tests include the behavioural case study questions and the five core knowledge sections of:

  • Legal and management
  • Health and welfare
  • General safety
  • High risk activities
  • Environment 

The Operatives test ensures workers have a minimum level of health, safety and environmental awareness before going on site.

The Labourer test (including L1 award) is no longer available as of 7th February, this test was in place solely as the end test for the Cskills Awards Qualification AWD057, Level 1 Award in Health and Safety in a Construction Environment.

If you are registered with an NOCN Cskills Awards approved centre for this qualification your end test will now be available through that centre; please contact that centre for detail on taking this test.

Specialist test

As well as the behavioural case studies and the five core knowledge questions, relevant specialist questions will be included from the list below:

  • Supervisory (SUP)

  • Demolition (DEM)

  • Plumbing (JIB) (PLUM)

  • Highway works (HIW)

  • Specialist work at height (WAH)

  • Lifts and escalators (LAEE)

  • Tunnelling (TUNN)

  • HVACR - Heating and plumbing services (HAPS)

  • HVACR - Pipefitting and welding (PFW)

  • HVACR - Ductwork (DUCT)

  • HVACR - Refrigeration and air conditioning (RAAC)

  • HVACR - Services and facilities maintenance (SAF)

As well as the behavioural case studies and the five core knowledge questions, relevant specialist questions will be included from the list below:

  • Construction (Design and Management) Regulations

  • Demolition

  • Highway works 

 

Special assistance available

The below table shows what accommodations are available to candidates taking the
different tests.

Special Assistance Available

CPCS – RT**

HS&E

CPCS – RT

Operatives

Labourer

Specialist

Map

Voice Over

1 – English

All 14 – see below

2 – English and Welsh

2 – English and Welsh

2 – English and Welsh

BSL*

No

Yes

Yes

No

No

Wheelchair Access

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Translator

Yes

Yes

No

Yes

No

Signer

Yes

No

Yes

Yes

Yes

Reader

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

*British Sign Language

**CPCS Renewal Test

You can book the HS&E test with an English or Welsh voiceover, or with any of the following voice-over languages, by request:

  1. English
  2. Welsh
  3. Bulgarian
  4. Czech
  5. French
  6. German
  7. Hungarian
  8. Lithuanian
  9. Polish
  10. Portuguese
  11. Punjabi
  12. Romanian
  13. Russian
  14. Spanish

For queries about special assistance, call 0344 994 4491 or email citb.testingspecialassistance@pearson.com

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