The construction industry has probably the most diverse pool of workers among all industries today. As a matter of fact, the industry covers almost all of the most important skills needed in order to build a stable foundation. Because of its significance in the society, construction companies make sure that all its employees are qualified and competent.
In order to ensure competence among workers and at the same time, make them aware of the basic health, safety and environmental issues on site, the CSCS or Construction Skills Certification Scheme was introduced.
Because of the difference in skill level and competence, the scheme introduced colour-coded cards that will be issued according to the qualification of the worker.
If you are a skilled worker, then the Blue CSCS Card is the right one for you.
How to Apply for a Blue CSCS Card
The following requirements must be complied with:
- The worker must prove that he has sufficient training and qualification to carry out the job.
- The worker must submit an application that is relevant to the occupation.
- The worker must achieve Level 2 NVQ or SVQ.
- The worker must have completed an employer sponsored apprenticeship. This should also include the achievement of a City and Guilds of London Institute Craft Certificate.
- The must take and pass the Operative Citb Health, Safety and Environment Test. This means out of 50 questions, he should be able to get a score of 47.
On the other hand, if the worker does not have any of the qualifications mentioned in numbers (2) and (3), yet experienced in his job, he can apply for an Experienced Worker Card.
The Blue CSCS Card – Craft Unit Level
This type of CSCS card can be given to occupations where full NVQ or SVQ does not exist but has passed the trade specific units. The Operative Health, Safety and Environment test must also be taken.
The Blue CSCS Card – Skilled Workers is valid for five years. A total fee of £47.50 must be paid upon application – £17.50 for the HS&E Test and £30.00 for the card processing.