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Why are CSCS removing this exemption to passing the CITB Health, safety and environment test?

CSCS are bound by the requirements of the Industrial Strategy for Construction. The Industrial Strategy is overseen by the Construction Leadership Council (CLC) who, in 2015, announced that all card schemes displaying the CSCS logo should only issue skilled cards to applicants who hold nationally recognised construction related qualifications and have passed a separate health and safety element.

Accepting the recent completion of an N/SVQ as an exemption to taking the CITB Health, safety and environment test does not meet the requirements of the CLC and as such the exemption will be withdrawn.

You can find out more about the CLC at