CSCS card – An essential for a career in the Construction Industry
For those of you who may be looking into going into construction as a career path, or are just interested in the sector, you may wonder why you should get a CSCS Card. What type of benefits are there exactly? Do I necessarily need one? How would I go about getting one? In our latest construction series, we’ll take you step-by-step through everything you need to know over the next few weeks.
To start off, the Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS) is the leading UK construction industry’s skills certification scheme. CSCS cards thereby provide documented proof that any individuals working on a construction site have undergone the appropriate training and qualifications for their assigned job. Therefore, by proving that the workforce is fittingly qualified, the card system plays its part in improving the level of standards and safety on the vast majority of UK construction sites.
Putting it simply, CSCS offers a detailed catalogue of different cards so any employers can recognise which job an individual is qualified to carry out, from supervisory roles to trainee positions. A specific example would be that the Green CSCS card is available to those working in labouring occupations.
Now whilst possessing a CSCS card is not necessarily a legislative requirement, it is vital to understand the decision is entirely up to the main contractor or client(s) whether workers are required to hold a card before being allowed to operate on-site.
Here is a brief summary of the type of CSCS cards available:
- Green CSCS Card: Construction Site Operative/ Labourer Card
- Blue CSCS Card – Skilled Worker
- Gold CSCS Card – Skilled Worker
- Black CSCS Card – Senior Manager
- White CSCS Card – Construction Related Occupation (CRO)
- Yellow/White – Professionally Qualified Person CSCS Card
- Yellow CSCS Card – Regular Visitor
- Red CSCS Card – Trainee
- Red CSCS Card for Experienced Worker
If you would like to apply for a CSCS card, please click here, also keep an eye out for our construction series as we go into more detail about the different CSCS cards and the types of requirements needed.
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