CSCS Test, CSCS Card Information, CSCS Mock Tests and CSCS Revision Material
The CSCS Test or Construction Skills Certification Scheme Test was set up in 1995 by the UK Government to both reduce accidents and to better on-site efficiency on construction sites. It covers a total of 220 occupations and it is the largest scheme in the construction industry.
How to get a CSCS Card
To get your card there are a few things you will need to do first. You will need to first fill out the application form, then sit and pass a Heath, Safety and Environment test, once these have been completed you will be able to sit the CSCS test itself.
Once you have completed these steps you will be added to the database that contains the details of all the tradesmen that have completed the necessary competence that is required for working in the construction industry. It is mandatory to have a CSCS card if you have chosen a career in the construction industry.
About the test
Basically, the test is to assess the skill and knowledge of the worker in the construction industry, along with testing the individuals on different safety standards. Knowledge of these safety standards is essential to ensure the safety of the employees as well as any other people who may be present on construction sites.
The Different Types of CSCS Cards
There are many different types of cards you can apply for and it all depends on the occupation you will be applying for and the qualifications you have in the construction industry, there are around 13 different types of cards you can apply for, do not fear though you will be given guidance on which card is right for you when you go through the application.
The Construction Skills Certification Scheme is designed to improve competency among workers and at the same time, equip them with basic health and safety knowledge in order to carry out a safe working environment. Once the worker passed the relevant Health, Safety and Environment Test, a corresponding colour-coded card will be issued depending on the skills and occupation.
The different CSCS Card Types are the following:
- Yellow, Site Visitor – This card is for those who frequently visit the site but have no construction skills.
- Green, Construction Site Operative (Labourer) – This is for those who have basic site skills and achieved N/SVQ Level 1 or employer’s recommendation.
- White/Yellow, Professionally Qualified Person – This card for those who are members of CSCS-approved professional bodies.
- White/Grey, Construction-Related Occupation – This card is for workers who perform construction-related occupations but are not covered by any of the card categories available.
- Gold, Advanced Craft / Supervisory – This is for workers who achieved a Level 3 S/NVQ or have completed an indentured apprenticeship or employer-approved apprenticeship with City and Guilds of London Institute Advanced Craft Certificate.
- Blue, Skilled Worker – If you achieved a Level 2 S/NVQ or has completed an employer-sponsored apprenticeship with City and Guilds of London Institute Advanced Craft Certificate, then you can apply for this type of card.
- Black, Manager – This is for managerial employees who have Level 4 or 5 S/NVQ or Level 6 or 7 QCF in the relevant occupation.
- Red, Trainee (Craft and Operative) – This card is for trainees who are registered but has not yet completed S/NVQ.
- Red, Experienced Worker – This card is available for those with at least one year’s on-the-job experience.
Except for the Red CSCS Cards, all cards are valid for three (3) years and are renewable.
For more information about the different types of cards click here.
What Other Cards Can I get?
If you are in the plumbing industry then you should get a JIB Card, including the Blue JIB Card.
Demolition operatives should have a CCDO Card, these cards prove and ensure others of their safety in the workplace. There are a few different types of cards from Demolition Manager down to Green Labourer.
To uphold the highest of safety standards with scaffolders and other workers working at height then the CISRS Card is designed for you. These include cards such as Green, Red, Blue, Gold and White, with different variations depending on your individual’s role.
A few different colours of card, these include Green, red, black, blue and gold. The SKILL cards are issued for those that are within the engineering services, maintaining a level of high-quality safety standards.
Mock and Practice Tests
Before sitting your CSCS test it is very important that you study for it, only applicants that pass the test will be granted their card. It is also very good practice to take as many CSCS mock exams as you can, we have a load to help you practice, so take as many CSCS Mock Test questions as you can.
To help you there is a wide range material to help you study in many languages as well to benefit anyone who works in construction in the UK. Once you have yourself registered to take the test you study material will be delivered straight to your door. Once you feel ready to take you test you can choose one of the many test centres around the UK to sit your test. Wherever you are in the UK you will not be too far away from a centre as they are dotted all across the country.
What are the behavioural case study questions?
From April 2012 the CITB health, safety and environment test have added another way for you to be tested on how you would react and behave on a construction site. There are 12 case study questions that will test how you react to a certain situation, some basic common sense in most cases.
How much does the card cost?
The cost of the CSCS card is only £30 which is inclusive of vat, while you will find that some companies out there will stand the cost of the training for their staff it is generally your responsibility to pay for their own card cost. Please bare in mind that this does not include the cost for the Health, Safety and Environment Test, that’s a separate £17.50.
What Should I do If I Some How lose my Card?
You are in luck if you lose your card you can apply for a duplicate card to be sent out to you, only if your original card was still valid and in date. These will be sent out to you without having to take any extra tests.
Why is a CSCS card so important to me?
If you do not hold a CSCS card then it will be almost impossible for you or anyone to be able to work within the construction industry in the United Kingdom. Pretty much every company in the construction industry will need you to have a CSCS card before they would even think about letting you have the job, this acts a proof that you know the information/health and safety guidelines that will keep you and others safe on the construction site.
Who needs to have a CSCS card?
Everyone that is thinking or currently working in the construction industry should hold a valid cscs card. This doesn’t just mean the operatives, this also includes the managers and the supervisors. Depending on the card you hold with depend on the privileges you have, just for an example, a site operative will not have the same access to machinery that a supervisor would have. Pretty much all worksites in the UK will need all of their subcontractors to have a valid card or that cards equivalent, no matter what work they are carrying out. Even if you are just a regular visitor to a construction site who does not even have any construction skills or and training should at the least have a yellow card before they are able to enter the work site.
How Long is a CSCS Card Valid For?
Depending on which CSCS card you have will dictate how long your card will be valid for, lengths of validity range from six months all the way up to 5 years. Check the details of each card when you apply and be sure to check out the information we provide.
How Long Will It Take To Receive The Card?
When you have passed your exam, and all the documentation and paperwork has been received you should receive your CSCS card by post within 30 working days.
Choosing the right CSCS study material and books
There are many ways you can study for you CSCS exam, there are a few revision books you can buy on the market, Amazon is a good place to start, some people do prefer a more interactive way of studying, such as you training CD’s which have the same exams we have listed on your site but some people will just fancy using the old fashioned book to read as and when they can and get a chance to. They will both will have the same amount of useful content in them to help you pass so it is all up to personal choice.
How to pass the test
To pass the CSCS test is a quite simple and easy task to achieve, we find that most of the people that sit their CSCS test pass first time after using our mock exams to help them practice. All that is need to pass your exam is a simple two-step process, the first part is to help over to our CSCS revision material and read up on the topics you will face in the test. The second part is to take some of our practice mock tests, these test will give you a feel of how the exams work and the type of questions you will face. All it will take to get your card are those 2 steps.
You can use our revision material we have laid out on this site to help you study and to get a better feel for the exam questions use our mock exams which have the most common types of questions you will face.
Taking the CSCS Test in different languages
At the time of writing this page (2015), the main default language for the CSCS exam is English.
Those of you who would like to take the operatives test will have a choice of using voice-overs in these following languages: Bulgarian, Portuguese, Hungarian, Polish, Punjabi, Russian, Romanian, German, Czech, Lithuanian. If you need the test in another language than the one’s we have listed you should request and interpreter when booking.
Those of you who would like to take the specialist test, unfortunately at the moment there is no pre-recorded voice-overs available. You will have to ask for an interpreter when booking your test if you need one.
Those of you who would like to take managers and professionals test, there will be no voice overs and no interpreter as these tests require you to have a basic command of the English language.
For a list of the CSCS test centres in the UK click here.
Or if you would like to site some mock test questions then click this link.