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Impact on CSCS applications

In some areas the Coronavirus (COVID-19) is impacting CSCS’s ability to issue cards to first-time applicants or those wishing to renew their card prior to expiry.

A key requirement for all applications (new or renewal) is proof that the applicant has passed the relevant CITB Health, safety and environment (HS&E) test within the last 2 years.

Current position – 25th January 2021

HS&E tests are available at Pearson Professional Centres in England and Wales. HS&E tests will be available at Pearson centres in Scotland from 6th April.

Due to social distancing measures the centres cannot run at full capacity, so you may experience longer wait times than usual.

Please check your test confirmation email or letter for details of safety measures at the test centre including the requirement to wear face coverings, or for any changes to your scheduled appointment.

Visit CITB’s urgent messages page for further information on test centre availability.

CITB are working alongside their partners to increase the testing capacity, so please continue to visit the CITB website to check for availability and to book your test.

What steps are CSCS taking?

We recognise that construction workers may face delays in obtaining a card while test centres cannot run at full capacity or are required to close. Therefore, we are asking the industry to continue to support the following temporary measures:

  1. Employers and those responsible for site access and card checking procedures to use their discretion towards workers whose cards have expired since March onward. But a worker must always hold the correct card for the job they do on site.
  1. CSCS has extended the grace period for card renewals from 6 months after the card expires to 12 months. This means that the card can be renewed, once the CITB HS&E test has been passed, up to one year from the card’s expiry date. This will assist those applicants struggling to find availability to sit the test and renew their card.

We are in unprecedented times. Employers should expect their workers to hold a valid CSCS card as proof of their training and qualifications. However, until COVID-19 is brought under control we are asking the industry to support these temporary measures.

Keep informed

CSCS will continue to monitor the situation and where necessary introduce further proactive measures to limit the impact on CSCS applicants and the wider industry.

Go here to view what the other card schemes are doing re: Covid-19.

We appreciate your support during this time and ask that you to continue to visit this web page for the latest updates from CSCS.

Any enquiries related to this matter should be emailed to [email protected]