What is the best CSCS card for me?
When working within the construction industry, CSCS cards are absolutely essential. Whether you are a Labourer, Apprentice, Site Manager or even a Site Visitor there are a variety of CSCS cards available for you. Having the right card can help reduce any possible risks when working on site.
CSCS cards are in place to ensure that each individual working on a construction site has the appropriate qualifications and training to perform their job. There are 12 cards with 12 different colours, each representing a different meaning or job. This ranges from general labouring all the way to experienced site workers. So, which card should you get?
Labourer – Green CSCS Card
The green CSCS card is a basics site skills card, suited for a general labourer. If you are a candidate looking to apply for this card then you must hold a construction qualification or an industry accreditation, i.e. an employer’s recommendation. This card is valid for five years.
Apprentice – Pink
An apprentice CSCS card is for candidates who are undergoing an apprenticeship scheme. To be eligible for this card you must have met your Apprenticeship Managing Agency’s health and safety requirements. This card is valid for up to four years.
Skilled Worker – Blue
To apply for a blue CSCS card you must have achieved a construction related NVQ/SVQ level 2 or have completed an employer sponsored apprenticeship which included the achievement of a City of Guilds of London Institute Craft Certificate. This card is valid for up to five years.
Supervisor – Gold
This card is for candidates who have experience or are involved in a supervisory role. To apply for this card you will have already achieved your SVQ or NVQ level 3.
Manager – Black
To become a Site Manager you will need a black CSCS card. This card is available to managerial occupations that are subject to the achievement of a construction related NVQ/SVQ levels 4 or 5. The Manager CSCS card is valid for up to five years and can be refreshed.
Visitor – Yellow
The yellow regular visitor card is for people who do visit a construction site however do not possess a specific ‘construction’ skill. All applications for this must pass the CITB Operatives Health, Safety and Environment Test.
Once you understand which CSCS card is right for you, you will be able to know what you need to achieve to reach your career goals.
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