A Gold CSCS card will show employers that you have the competence you need to operate as a skilled worker. Whether you’ve completed your apprenticeship or hold an advanced NVQ/SVQ certification – this advanced card is to be used only for those workers with a high skill set within the construction industry.
Most people qualify for their Gold CSCS card by doing at least one of the following:
Achieved a level 3 SVQ or NVQ in a construction related environment
Completing an indentured apprenticeship with an approved body, such as the BATJIC or NJCBI, etc.
Completed an employer sponsored apprenticeship which included the achievement of a City and Guilds of London Institute Advanced Craft Certificate.
All attendees must already have passed the Health & Safety Test before applying for this card.
You can apply for the Gold CSCS Advanced Craft Card over the phone by directly calling the Construction Skills Certification Scheme on 0344 99 44 777. You will need to email evidence of your qualifications to email@example.com prior to calling.
CSCS Cards are issued as part of the Construction Skills Certification Scheme. The scheme aims to increase safety on construction sites and to ensure that those working in the construction industry have the necessary health and safety knowledge. Having a card contributes towards the overall safety and standard of a construction site.
The CSCS Card is not a legal requirement, but is highly recommended, as many contractors only employ those that have the card. Some construction projects may also have certain conditions regarding CSCS Cards, meaning you will need the card to work at certain sites.
The application cost to obtain a CSCS card is £30. However, there are also other costs for external tests or courses which increase the price.
Who pays for your CSCS Card depends on the agreement that you have with your employer. Some employers will pay for their staff to obtain a CSCS Card, others will expect the employee to pay for it themselves.
It takes up to 5 working days for your CSCS card to arrive. You will need to contact CSCS directly and apply for it. Make sure that you have your assessment certificate handy, as this will be required when you apply.
This card is valid for five years and can be renewed.
Many gold card holders seek higher NVQ or SVQ qualifications. If you become NVQ or SVQ qualified to level 4 or higher and gain sufficient work experience, you may attempt to earn your Gold (Supervisor) CSCS Card.