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Why Do I Need To Take the CSCS Test

By on March 27, 2014 in CSCS Information with 1 Comment

Top 3 Reasons Why You Need to Take the CSCS Test


Being part of the construction industry means you achieved a certain level of qualification needed for the trade you belong to. Imagine if everything the public step on is made of incompetent and unskilled people – they will no longer trust the construction industry. Therefore, it is important that all workers in this field are equipped with the necessary skills and knowledge in properly carrying out the job.
There is no better way of doing this than requiring workers to undergo tests. One major test that each worker in the industry is required to take is the CSCS Test, also known as the Health, Safety & Environment Test. Introduced in 1995, the CSCS Test is a standardised test that aims to improve the efficiency in the construction industry in the UK.

You may ask – is it really necessary? Is there a need to pay for £17.50 for the test and £30.00 for the card just to prove my competency in my chosen field? Why do I have to take the CSCS Test when I am already knowledgeable on various health and safety issues?


To answer your questions, here are the reasons why you need to take the CSCS Test.


  1. It proves your knowledge in handling health and safety issues. The Construction Skills Certification Scheme was introduced in order to address the need for quality, competence and safety in the work field. Aside from getting the job done, employers want to make sure that all its workers are equipped with adequate health and safety awareness and techniques to promote a safe working environment.


By taking the test, it only shows that you are adequately fit to carry out safe working practices. It also proves your knowledge in case confronted with health or safety situations and emergencies properly.


The CSCS test is composed of 50 multiple choice questions that are focused on examining one’s knowledge on various safety, health and environmental issues in the construction site. Once you passed the test, you will be issued a corresponding card depending on your skills and occupation.


  1. It benefits you, your employer and the construction industry. Taking and passing the test has a lot of benefits. Aside from getting the CSCS card which will serve as proof of your skills and qualifications, it also shows you possess health and safety knowledge essential in carrying out on-site duties in a safe manner. Since you and your co-workers went through the same process in taking the test, you are assured of a safer work environment.


Taking the CSCS Test will also benefit your employer. The construction industry is an important industry hence employers want to employ only the best. By taking and passing the CSCS Test, it shows you are suitable and competent to carry out the job.


And because of the different health and safety benefits that resulted from the scheme, the number of fatalities and construction-related risks has reduced significantly. This resulted in confidence in the quality of workmanship.  


  1. It is your passport to employment. While the law does not require all workers to obtain a card, the majority of companies in the UK has made it mandatory for those working or planning to work in the construction industry. Employers are more confident and more willing to hire applicants that are CSCS card holders than those who cannot provide proof on their skills and qualifications. By taking and passing the CSCS Test, it assures the employers that the CSCS cardholders have the basic knowledge needed in order to carry out safe working practices.


Plus, you cannot access the construction site without taking and passing the CSCS Test.


Keep in mind that taking the CSCS Test is not an easy task. Therefore, preparation is necessary in order to obtain the card you deserve.

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  1. thanks for the mock test mate iv allready got a iosh in health and saftey with sita suez and part 1 and part 2 i did these at dorking head office sita suez my instrusters name is frank . i passed in 2009 i am a top london labour from skip yards brixton ,wansworth road. mitcham skipyards/ i can drive a loading shovel /and salvage and sort wood and metal ect from 200 tons builders skips every day . im 50 years old .

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