What is CSCS?
CSCS is the Construction Skills Certification Scheme. Introduced in 1995, CSCS is designed to significantly improve the quality of work done by individuals throughout the industry and also to ensure that all workers have at least a basic knowledge of health and safety, a factor that has lead to a reduction in the number of construction accidents.
Becoming CSCS Certified
To become certified by CSCS you will have to pass a Health, Safety & Environment Test and, for the advanced cards, have a recognised construction qualification. CSCS have designed a number of different CSCS Health, Safety & Environment Tests which are tailored to examine the applicant on the different hazards faced by construction workers in different trades.
Qualifying for a CSCS Card
To qualify for a CSCS Card you will have to pass a CSCS Health, Safety & Environment Test. If you do not have any recognised construction qualifications you will be able to get a Red CSCS Card however to hold one of the more advances Green, Blue, Gold or Black CSCS Cards you will be required to take and pass construction qualifications recognised by CSCS, usually the NVQ.
The Stamp of CSCS Certification
The card which you will qualify for after you have passed a CSCS Health, Safety & Environment Test is the final stamp of approval from CSCS. The CSCS Card shows that you are qualified to the level denoted by your card under the guidelines of CSCS. With your CSCS certification you are qualified to work on any construction site in the UK.