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Everything you need to know about the CSCS card
The number of workplace accidents taking place significantly increased during the past. As a result, both the employees as well as employers came across the need to reduce the number of workplace accidents taking place. In addition to that, they also came up with the need to reduce the severity of accidents that are taking place. CSCS card came into play with that.
What exactly is the CSCS card?
Along with the introduction of CSCS card, it was possible to reduce the number of accidents and the injuries. This made favourable conditions for people to work in construction industry of the United Kingdom. In fact, the authorities came across the need to have a unified and a single system, or a safety and a skill certification. It can make the life easy for the managers and employers within the industry to figure out and hire the qualified, HS&E trained and experienced individuals. In addition, they wanted to encourage the individuals who are interested in starting a career in the construction industry to go through appropriate training. Only the individuals who complete it were allowed to obtain the CSCS card. This helps them to obtain a qualification on their own and proceed with minimum hassle.
In today’s, all the employees who work for the construction industry in United Kingdom need have a CSCS card. If they don’t have this card, they will not be able to start working at the construction site. In fact, CSCS card has become a qualifier, which makes them eligible to work for the construction industry.
How to face the CSCS Test
Now you have a clear understanding about the importance of CSCS card. With that in mind, you should also understand how to obtain your CSCS card. You just need to go through three simple steps to obtain your CSCS card. Here is a quick overview of those three steps that you should follow.
1. As the first thing, you need to apply for HS&E test (CITB test). That’s where you should face the CSCS test. You will be able to apply for the test by calling an exam conductor or registering directly through their website.
2. Now you need to get through the HS&E test. This is a common requirement, which you can see in all the CSCS cards. In here, you should to pass it the HS&E test, before you apply for CSCS card.
3.You will not be able to obtain the CSCS card without pass HS&E test (CITB test). As well. For that, you need to obtain the appropriate qualifications. For example, you need Level 1 Award in Health and Safety in a Construction Environment to obtain CSCS Green card, NVQ level 2 to obtain CSCS Blue card, NVQ level 3 to obtain CSCS Gold card and NVQ level 4, NVQ level 6 to obtain CSCS Black card.
Is there are validity period?
All the CSCS card cards issued are valid for a period of up to five years. This is applicable for the CSCS green card as well. However, you need to understand that some of the cards would expire after six months, whereas the others will expire after a period of three months. When you get the card, you need to take a look at it for finding these specific details. Then you will be able to use it without any hassle.
How long does it take to obtain?
The time taken to obtain the CSCS card will vary based on the specific card that you apply for. For example, the CSCS green card can come in up to two weeks, whereas the gold, blue and black card will take up to few months.
How to renew the CSCS card?
This is a simple process, which is similar to applying for a new card. All you need to do is to take the HS&E test. However, you must also understand that it is not possible to renew the temporary issued CSCS card.
As you can see, there has been an increasing number of workplace accidents taking place and officials came up with the requirement to reduce them. The card was introduced as a result of that. It has been able to reduce the number of workplace accidents taking and has become a standard in the construction industry. Therefore, people who don’t have CSCS card are encouraged to go ahead and obtain it and get into the construction industry. You can follow these steps and obtain your CSCS card and increase your chances of securing your position in the industry.
What is included?
L1 H&S in a Construction Environment Course & Test
CITB HS&E(CSCS) Test
FREE revision materials for the L1 H&S in a Construction Environment
CSCS card application
The course will cover the two tests needed for one to get Green Laborer CSCS card