Your skills are your major investment when working or planning to work in the construction industry. While it is easy to say you have this and that certifications and qualifications, employers will always need a proof to support your claim. After all, the construction industry is one of the most important yet most dangerous fields today and having skilled and competent workers is essential.
Because of the risks associated, 80% of construction firms in the UK require proof of competence and skill from all its workers. Hence, the CSCS or the Construction Skills and Certification Scheme was introduced.
In a nutshell, CSCS is a scheme that is aimed to improve the quality of work in the construction industry. Aside from the skills, CSCS ensures that all the workers are equipped with the basic health and safety knowledge in order to reduce a number of accidents and other construction-related risks.
A CSCS Card is an important qualification in the construction industry. It proves your skills needed to work well in your trade. It also shows that you are equipped with the basic health and safety knowledge in order to safely and efficiently work on the site.
The CSCS Card is colour coded. Depending on your occupation, you will be issued with any of the relevant CSCS cards. Here’s a rundown of each colour codes:
Being CSCS-certified has become a mandatory requirement for most construction companies in the UK. To qualify, the following requirements must be complied with.
It is composed of 50 multiple choice questions that need to be completed within 45 minutes.
12 questions are related to behavioural case study about the “Setting Out” video. The video talks about the different safety measures on the construction site as well as tips on promoting a safer working environment on the site.
On the other hand, 38 questions will be asked to test one’s knowledge of health, safety and environment issues.
The primary purpose of the HS&E test is to improve the health and safety awareness among workers in order to reduce accidents, injuries and death on the construction site.
There are different HS&E tests depending on your skills and occupation. This includes the following:
For all the categories, a score of 47 out of 50 must be obtained in order to pass.
Once these requirements are met, you will be eligible for a CSCS Card. This is important in order to ensure competency, skill and quality of work of all the workers. At the same time, construction-related risks such as accidents or deaths will be reduced since every individual is equipped with the basic health, safety and environmental awareness. And above all, it’s your ticket to the construction world.
Yes, through apprenticeship. It can either be Employer’s Apprenticeship or Approved Apprenticeship.
Under the employer’s apprenticeship (blue card), you need to provide a completion certificate from your employer together with the details on when it was completed. A copy of the City & Guilds (Craft or Advanced) certificates must also be provided.
For the approved apprenticeship (gold card), you must provide a copy of fully indentured apprenticeship documents gained from an apprenticeship provider. A City & Guilds certificate should also be submitted.
Nonetheless, the HS&E Test must still be taken.
Upon the introduction the scheme, fatal accidents and other construction-related risks reduced significantly. It also provided a method to check the workers’ competency and knowledge before allowing them to enter the sites. Because of these benefits, acquiring a CSCS card has become a mandatory requirement for most construction companies.
The CSCS Card is your way of proving your competency in your stated occupation. It is also a proof that shows your awareness in terms of safety and health concerns. Without the card, you may even be denied access on the site.