To apply for a CSCS card you must have the appropriate construction related qualifications and training and, in most cases, you must pass the CITB Health Safety and Environment Test within the previous two years. Exemptions to this requirement are listed below.
The type of test you need to pass will depend on the job you do. Use the cardfinder to find out more.
AIM OF THE TEST
To examine knowledge across a wide range of topics to improve safety and productivity on site. It is usually taken as a PC-based touch screen test. Apart from the exemptions described below, everyone applying for a CSCS card must pass the appropriate health safety and environment test.
TYPES OF TEST
The type of card being applied for will determine the level of test that needs to be taken. Further information on this can be found here.
You can find out how to book the CITB Health Safety and Environment Test here. The test costs £17.50.
If the person taking the test needs additional support eg accessibility or literacy please call the booking line to discuss the requirements.
A range of materials is available to help you revise and practice for the CITB Health, Safety and Environment Test. They are available from most high street and online booksellers or you can find out more here or by calling 0344 994 4488. The most up-to-date versions of these materials is available here. Or you can download revision apps from here.
If you have achieved a construction related NVQ or SVQ within the last two years and are applying for a CSCS card for the occupation the NVQ or SVQ relates to, you may not have to pass a CITB Health, Safety and Environment Test. Please check with your training provider. This is only available to new applications and cannot be used for card renewals.
CSCS has a mutual recognition agreement with SOLAS (previously known as FAS (Eire) Safepass) which acts as an exemption to the Operative or Specialist CITB Health and Safety Test requirement providing that it has been completed within two years of the application being made. However, please note that SOLAS is not acceptable as an exemption to the Supervisor or Manager and Professional (MAP) level CITB Health, Safety and Environment test.