The Red CSCS Provisional Card will help the holder demonstrate that they have the health and safety knowledge required to fulfil basic of tasks on site. It also proves that the individual is serious about pursuing a career within the sector.
This card is for people who are working through probationary periods while employers assess their suitability for employment.
Please note: Provisional cards are only available for those who have never held a CSCS card.
To be eligible for the Red CSCS Provisional Card potential holders must pass the following:
Completed the Operatives Health & Safety Test within the last two years.
Be aged 16 or over.
You must not have held other CSCS Cards.
You can apply for the Red CSCS Provisional 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
The provisional card will expire after six months and it cannot be extended or renewed.
Once this card has expired a natural path to follow is to apply for the Green CSCS Labourer Card.