FAQs

  • What if my CRO occupation is transferred to the Labourer card?
  • Following discussions with industry representatives, it has been agreed that a number of CRO occupations are labouring occupations and should be moved across to the green Labourer Card. Click here for more information and a list of occupations which now require a Labourer card.

  • What if CSCS require more information about my CRO occupation?
  • CSCS has identified 25 occupations that require further investigation and discussion with industry before deciding what to do next. We are asking for individuals or sector representatives involved in these occupations to get in touch with the CSCS team so we can better understand what it is these occupations do. Click here for more information and a full list of occupations which require further investigation

  • What if my qualification requires enhancement?
  • A number of CRO occupations have qualifications that currently don’t meet the nationally recognised standard for those skilled occupations. For many of these occupations the sector representatives and the standard setting bodies are working together to bring these qualifications up to the agreed national standards. Click here for more information and a list of occupations which require enhanced qualifications.

  • What if my CRO occupation is removed from the scheme?
  • Following discussions with Build UK (the employer association which represents many of the largest contractors and trade associations), it has been agreed that a number of CRO occupations are non-construction related and should be removed from the scheme entirely. Click here for more information and a list of occupations being removed from the scheme.

  • What if my CRO occupation is transferred to a Partner Card Scheme?
  • Following discussions with industry representatives, it has been agreed that a number of CRO occupations are better represented by transferring to one of CSCS’s Partner Card Schemes. Click here for more information and a list of occupations being transferred to our Partner Card Schemes.

  • What if my CRO occupation already has an approved qualification?
  • CRO card holders with approved qualifications will be able to move directly onto a skilled worker card without having to complete any further qualifications. A valid CITB Health, Safety and Environment test may be required. Click here for more information and a list of occupations with approved qualifications.

  • Why has the Trainee Card changed?
  • The primary objective of the CSCS card is to provide proof that individuals working on construction sites have the required training and qualifications for the type of work they carry out.

    Feedback from industry has told us the acceptance of qualifications not based on a National Occupational Standard caused confusion amongst card holders and their employers.

    In particular, Trainee TSM card holders who mistakenly considered SSSTS, SMSTS and NEBOSH General as qualifications that lead to a skilled CSCS card become increasingly frustrated when they realised they could not progress to a skilled CSCS card. Trainee Card holders must obtain a qualification based on a National Occupational Standard before moving onto the appropriate skilled CSCS card.

    The construction Industry requested that CSCS stop accepting qualifications not based on a National Occupational Standard and to only issue Trainee Cards when the qualification is based on a National Occupational Standard that leads to a skilled CSCS card.

  • Do I need to pass the CITB Health Safety & Environment Test to obtain the new Trainee Card?
  • Yes, all applicants must complete the appropriate CITB Health, Safety and Environment Test up to 2 years prior to applying for their Trainee Card. The operatives level test is the minimum requirement but CSCS will also accept a number of the specialist tests. Visit CITB’s webpage for further information on the test.

  • No qualification exists for my occupation, what should I do?
  • Talk to your employer or trade association to agree the best course of action.

    Please Note: CSCS does not issue cards for non-construction related occupations. This means some workers will be arrive on site without a card. It is the responsibility of the site managers to induct non-construction related workers and escort them where appropriate in order that they can carry out their work safely on site.

  • What happens if I have registered for but not completed my qualification by the time the new Trainee Card expires?
  • Applicants must complete their qualification before the Trainee card expires so that you can move onto the appropriate skilled card for your occupation. If you do not complete your qualification by the time the Trainee Card expires you will be unable to obtain any other CSCS card.