How to Get a CSCS Card explained.
Understanding how to get a cscs card can be a bit tricky and confusing at times, it’s quite understandable with all the different types of cscs cards and occupations out there it’s no surprise that quite a few people are still unsure of how to get a cscs card.
Firstly you need to decide which type of cscs card you need, this depends on the work you do for example if you are a normal site operative you will need a green cscs card which is made for site operatives. Manager, supervisors and skilled workers will all have their own respective cards.
For most people acquiring a cscs card will involve taking the CITB Health Safety and Environment Test first, this test is designed to test your knowledge on specific health and safety topics that are related to the type of job you intend to do. The test is considered to be mandatory step towards getting your cscs card and only after passing it then you should apply for your cscs card. There are also exemptions from the health and safety test and when you call to inquire about your card it’s worth mentioning if you qualify.
After deciding which type of card you need there are three options available to help you get a cscs card.
Option 1- The first option would be to use a third party company that offers advice and support on acquiring your cscs card, these organizations have years of experience in helping everyone from the construction newbie to veteran managers. They will walk you through every step of the way from helping you decide which card you need all the way to helping you fill out your cscs card application form and everything in between.
This option is well suited for people who don’t have the time to sort out the bits and pieces on their own but need to get a cscs card quick. Depending on which company you use the overall cost of getting your cscs card will vary because some companies will charge a bit extra for cscs revision materials and a booking fee might also be applied. It’s very important you find out the overall cost before you proceed with booking your test and applying for your card because some companies are known for overcharging for their services.
Option 2- Another very easy and convenient way of getting a cscs card is to call 0344 9944 777, you’ll be asked a few simple questions about yourself such as you name, your date of birth, address and national insurance number. They’ll then have a brief chat with you about your current job and any previous working experience you may have, you’ll also be asked about any relevant qualifications and whether or not you are currently enrolled with any professional body.
The agent will then advise you on the type of cscs card you need to apply for and whether you need any extra qualifications and training before you can apply for your cscs card. At this point you’ll be advised whether or not you need to send any additional documents along with your completed cscs card application form. The final step would be to confirm your payment details with the agent and wait for your application form. Fill it out, post it in and get your cscs card.
Option 3 – The third and final method you can use to get your cscs card is to book it online, just visit the official CITB website and navigate to the designated booking service, you’ll need to sign up with them to proceed and book your test. You can also arrange or re-arrange your dates and cancel online as well.