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Applying for CSCS cards


Due to Covid-19 our contact centre staff are working from home.

The telephone lines are open to provide guidance on applications, but we are unable to take credit card payments over the phone.

This means all applications must be made via the online service.

Thank you for your support during this time.


Validating your CITB Health, safety and environment (HS&E) test

To apply for your CSCS card you will need to enter your CITB HS&E test ID, which is found on your test pass certificate, into the online application form. You will also need to enter your National Insurance number. This is so you can validate your HS&E test when you apply online.

Your CITB HS&E test ID will begin with CITB00.

If you are unable to validate your test despite entering your CITB HS&E test ID and National Insurance number, click the “Your CITB Testing ID Doesn’t Validate or Don’t Have your Testing ID” button and enter your postcode. This must be the postcode that your training centre was given when you took your test, so it may be the postcode of a previous address or your employer.

If you still can’t validate your test, click “Save and Next” at the bottom of the screen to continue your application.

Applicants who are unable to validate their test will need to upload a profile photo, which must meet our photo requirements.


Apply online

Online applications are quicker and more convenient than any other means of application.

Before you begin an online application, please ensure you:

  • Have a scanned copy of your qualification certificate, or proof that you are registered to complete a recognised construction related qualification relevant to your occupation
  • Have the test ID number from your CITB Health, safety and environment (HS&E) test, this can be found at the top of your pass certificate
  • Know the type of CITB HS&E test you completed. There are several tests available, the correct test must be selected from the drop-down list. The type of test you took can be found at the top of your pass certificate
  • Provide the correct personal details for your CITB HS&E test. including your date of birth, surname (as on the test certificate) and National Insurance number
  • Have a credit or debit card to pay the £36 application fee.

IMPORTANT NOTE: When renewing existing cards please ensure that you first add them to your CSCS Online account. You will not be able to renew an existing card unless you first add it to your account. More information is available here.



To find out how to use the online application system, read our instruction guide or watch our video below:

PLEASE NOTE: in most cases applicants are not required to upload a passport style photograph or a copy of your CITB Health, safety and environment test pass certificate. This video and instruction guide will soon be amended to reflect this change.



Apply as an employer

Employers should also apply online. To find out more, visit Employer Applications.

 Apply over the phone

If you do not have a CSCS Online account, you can apply over the phone by calling 0344 99 44 777.

Please be advised that you will need access to your email account during the call so that we can verify your details and complete the application process.

 Contact details

The quickest way to get in touch is via your new CSCS online account. If you already have an account, please login and select “Query” on the top menu, enter your details, and a member of the team will come back to you soon.

If you do not have an online account, then please call 0344 994 4777 (8am to 6pm Monday to Friday).


Please note: A verification message is sent to your email address during the account registration process. If you do not click the verification link contained in this message CSCS are unable to complete your application and issue the card. Watch the video above for further information on the registration process.

When your application has been approved your CSCS card will be posted out to you the next working day. Most cards arrive at their requested destination within 3-5 days of application approval. If your card does not arrive within 10 days then please contact CSCS.


All CSCS cards cost £36 and all CITB HS&E tests cost £21.

There are a number of organisations that offer card application services. If you are being charged more than £36 for a card or £21 for a CITB Health, safety & environment test, please check that you understand what additional services you will receive. The cheapest and quickest way to apply for a card will be to apply directly to CSCS via the online application service.

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