Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS) cards

What is a CSCS card?

CSCS cards provide proof that individuals working on construction sites have the appropriate training and qualifications for the job they do.

For more information about CSCS cards, including information on how to apply for one, visit the Official CSCS website.

The key changes to the CSCS Card Scheme

There have been two main changes to the CSCS card scheme, aimed at increasing the health and safety knowledge of card holders, and making the application process more rigorous to make sure card holders meet required standards.

The two changes are:

  1. 'Grandfather rights' have been scrapped
    Applicants can no longer gain their CSCS cards via industry accreditation, or employer endorsement. Any cards gained through this method will expire in December 2024; cards of this type can only be renewed until June 2024.
  2. Amendments to the Health and Safety test
    Before you apply for your CSCS card, workers must complete and pass the CITB health and safety awareness, (HAS) course, or an approved alternative.


The Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) offer grants and funding opportunities. Visit the CITB website to find out more about grants.

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