What is the Skilled Worker Licence?
This licence comes in the form of a Blue CSCS Card or Skilled Worker CSCS Card. CSCS cards are issued as part of the Construction Skills Certification Scheme and are valid for 5 years. The scheme aims to maintain safety on construction sites and in the workplace generally. To acquire a CSCS card, you must complete health and safety assessments.
You are eligible for this card if you have either: Achieved a Level 2 NVQ Diploma in construction or completed an employer sponsored apprenticeship which included the achievement of a City and Guilds of London Institute Craft Certificate.
How do I apply for a Skilled Worker Licence?
You can apply via the CSCS website for a cost of £30.00. Once you have submitted the application and paid, CSCS will post your card the next working day.
If you have not completed the CITB’s Health, Safety & Environment Test a total fee of £49.50 must be paid upon application – £19.50 for the CITB’s Health, Safety & Environment Test and £30.00 for the card processing.
CITB's Health, Safety and Environment Test
As part of your CSCS Card application, you will also need to pass CITB’s Health, Safety & Environment test. This is conducted at external test centres which will need to be booked on the CITB Website. There are 50 multiple choice questions and it costs £20. Although the test is quite straightforward, you are advised to revise some of the practice questions before sitting the test.
To renew your Blue CSCS Card, you will need to refresh the qualifications you used to obtain the card. This is to ensure that your knowledge is current and you are up-to-date with any changes in the law. Therefore, renewing your CSCS Card will cost you the same as a new one: £30.
You can take refresher courses or training at any time. Certificates or qualifications are valid for a period of 2-3 years from the date of completion. You can apply for your CSCS Card during this period.