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Health and Safety in a Construction Environment

This RQF level 1 award was developed for Labourers needing to obtain a CSCS card.

In addition, Training Providers and Employers who offer training which meets the same standard as the Level 1 Award in Health and Safety in a Construction Environment can have their training course approved as an equivalent.

Once the necessary approvals are in place CSCS will be able to issue the Labourer card against these courses.

How to get your training course approved

To get your training course approved as an equivalent for the Labourer card, you must do two things:

1. Apply to CITB to become an Approved Training Organisation (ATO)

An ATO is an organisation which provides construction training courses and qualifications to a defined and industry-agreed training standard.

An ATO could be, for example a commercial training provider, a construction employer’s in-house training department, or an educational establishment.

To become an ATO, the organisation will have successfully completed CITB’s approval process. For further information on becoming a CITB approved ATO please visit the CITB website.

2. Apply to CITB to have your training course approved as an equivalent to the Level 1 Award

Please note: CSCS are unable to issue the Labourer card against your training course until we receive confirmation from the Training Standards team at CITB that your course meets the industry-agreed training standard for Labouring occupations.

For further information about Training Standards and to request further information about the approval process click here:


The following awarding organisations have approval from OFQUAL to offer this qualification:

AIM Awards

APT Awards


British Safety Council

City & Guilds

CSkills Awards (now NOCN)


ETC Awards

Future Quals

Gateway Qualifications

GQA Qualifications

Highfield Awarding Body for Compliance (HABC)

Industry Qualifications




OCN London




Qualifications Network

The Royal Society for Public Health (RSPH)


Training Qualifications UK (TQUK)

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