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Watch the video guide for applying for a Labourer Card below:

Video by CITB

Card Requirements

You can apply for this card if you have either:

  • Completed the RQF Level 1/SCQF Level 4 Award in Health and Safety in a Construction Environment
  • Completed the SCQF Level 5 REHIS Elementary Health and Safety Certificate.

To find out how to take these qualifications contact your local college of further education, training centre or Jobcentre Plus. You can see a full list of awarding bodies offering this qualification here. They will advise you about training and assessment availability, pricing and whether funding is available.

All applicants must pass the CITB Health, Safety and Environment test

This card is valid for five years.

Alternative Courses

CSCS also accepts a number of alternative courses.

Training Providers and employers which offer training of the same standard as the Level 1 Award in Health and Safety in a Construction Environment can apply to CITB to have their training assessed as an alternative course. Details on this process, and how to become a CITB Approved Training Organisation (ATO) can be found here.

CSCS are unable to issue Labourer cards against alternative training courses and qualification until we recieve confirmation from the CITB Training Standards team that the course or qualification meet the industry-agreed standard for Labouring occupations.

Important note: Alternatives to the Level 1 Award/SCQF Level 4 Award and SCQF Level 5 may not be lifetime qualifications. This could mean that the learner will be required to complete a refresher course every 3-5 years before they can renew their Labourer card.

Awarding Organisation Course Name Validity of Course Website Link
BESA BESA – Site Operative Safety Course 5 years Click here
CIDORI CIDORI Introduction to Construction Course Lifetime course Click here
CITB Health and Safety Awareness Course 5 Years Click here
COSAC Safe2Site 5 years Click here
Drilling and Sawing Association DSA Health and Safety Awareness Course 3 Years Click here
Education and Skills Partnership ESP Foundation into Construction Certificates No website
IOSH Working Safely (classroom assessed)

3 Years


Click here
NPORS NPORS Site Safety Awareness Course 5 years Click here
Priestman Associates Principles of Construction Site Health Lifetime course Click here
SPA – Safety Pass Alliance SPA – Core Construction Course 5 Years Click here
Steve Hoskin Construction Employee Training


You can apply for this card over the phone by calling 0344 99 44 777. You will need to email evidence of your qualifications to [email protected] prior to calling.

This card is valid for five years.

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