To apply for a CSCS card you must demonstrate your occupational competence 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 pass will depend on the job you do. Use the cardfinder to find out more.
The aim of the test is 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 at either a mobile testing unit or an accredited test centre. With the exception of the exemptions described below, everyone applying for a CSCS card must pass the appropriate health and safety test as well as prove their competence in the required way for the card they are applying for. From 2 April 2012 the CITB Health, Safety and Environment Test replaced the Health and Safety Test. The new test introduced a host of new updates to help raise construction standards in a changing industry, while retaining traditional health and safety elements.
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 FAS (Eire) Safepass which acts as an exemption to the Operative or Specialist CITB Health and Safety Test requirement. However, please note that the FAS (Eire) Safepass is not acceptable as an exemption to the Supervisor or Manager and Professional (MAP) level CITB Health, Safety and Environment test.