If you’re starting out in the construction industry as a trainee, obtaining an entry level Red CSCS Card will make it easier for you to show a future employer you can work safely on site.
The Red CSCS Trainee card will prove that you are following the right course of training and that you have the competence to complete the assigned tasks. It will also hold details of your qualifications, demonstrating that you have fulfilled the industry requirements and understand the rules and regulations attached to your role.
The Red CSCS Trainee Card is ideal if you have just started working in construction as a trainee. You should be studying for your NVQ or SVQ level or one of the following:
a non NVQ diploma
an Intermediate Construction Award
a Foundation Construction Award
You can apply for the Red CSCS Trainee Card over the phone by directly calling the Construction Skills Certification Scheme on 0344 99 44 777.
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 will expire after five years and is non-renewable.
Starting 1st August 2016 the Trainee (Craft & Operative) card and the Trainee Technical, Supervisory and Management (TSM) card will no longer be issued. CSCS now only issues one Trainee card, which requires you to be registered for a CSCS recognised construction qualification.
Work towards acquiring a Blue or Gold CSCS Card.