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The CITB Health Safety and Environment test

The CITB Health Safety and Environment Test

Last Updated 1st Jan 2017 The CITB Health, Safety and Environment Test has been developed to make sure that construction workers on building sites have a basic knowledge of health and safety as well as environmental matters relevant to their work. The test replaces the CSCS (Construction Skills Certification Scheme) test with a more detailed and updated syllabus which includes the environmental elements.

Who will take the test?

The test is intended to make sure essential knowledge of health, safety and environment matters among workers on building sites. Construction workers wanting to apply for a CSCS card will need to have taken the test within the previous two years, with exceptions for those who have studied and achieved a relevant NVQ or SVQ in the same period.

What does the CITB Health Safety and Environment test involve?

The test is a multiple choice questionnaire which is usually taken online. Forty-five minutes are allowed to complete the 50 questions and those wishing to acquire a CSCS card will need to get 47 out of the 50 correct.

The test includes 12 behavioural case study questions about behaviour on a building site and 38 knowledge questions. The knowledge questions include 6 specialist questions for the Specialist and Managers and Professionals test. The three available tests are as follows.

The Operative test

These includes behavioural case study questions and questions on these five core knowledge areas:

– Legal and management
– Health and welfare
– General safety
– High risk activities
– Environment

Specialist test

This includes the behavioural case study questions, the core knowledge areas and questions from one of the following specialisms:

– Supervisory
– Demolition
– Plumbing or gas
– Highway works
– Specialist work at height
– Lifts and escalators
– Tunneling
– Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration
– Heating and plumbing services
– HVAC Pipe fitting and welding
– HVAC Duct work
– HVAC Refrigeration and air conditioning
– HVAC Services and facilities maintenance

Managers and professionals test

This includes the behavioural case study questions, five core knowledge sections and relevant specialist knowledge questions in the following activities:

– Construction (Design and Management) Regulations
– Demolition
– Plumbing or gas
– Highway works

Studying for the CITB Health Safety and Environment test

citb Health, safety & environment test

Students can prepare for the test by referring to learning materials produced by the CITB, available for purchase at bookshops and online, with various booklets relevant to specific study areas.
In addition to written material, there is also a film which can be downloaded from the CITB website. This looks at what employers are expected to do in order to ensure a safe working environment and how workers can also maintain and promote the same. This video should be watched before taking the test in order to understand and answer the behavioural case study questions. There are also timed practice tests available online.

A number of health and safety training organisations offer training courses for construction workers who wish to take the CITB test.