CSCS Labourer Card (Green) 101

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CSCS Labourer Card (Green) 101

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We’re often asked about the process of achieving a CSCS Labourers (Green) card and if it’s compulsory to have before working on a construction site. So let’s talk about it.

What is CSCS?

Starting at the beginning, CSCS stands for Construction Skills Certification Scheme. The organisation is a not-for-profit limited company and aims to be the leading certification scheme in the UK relating to the construction industries.

In the words of CSCS “The Scheme keeps a database of people working in construction who have achieved or are committed to achieving a recognised construction related qualification”. CSCS don’t directly offer any training or qualifications themselves, instead the scheme uses qualifications achieved elsewhere to evidence and displays a Members competence.

The way CSCS displays it’s Members competence is by issuing CSCS cards. Different CSCS cards exist which have different demand requirements of the applicant. It is up to the applicant (or their employer) to demonstrate to CSCS that the requirements have been met to achieve the desired card.

Card types

Click here to see the different type of CSCS card available and what requirements need to be met to achieve them.

How to achieve a Labourers card

The CSCS Labourers card (green card) is the most widely used card and as the name suggests is aimed at Labourers on construction sites. The requirements for the card are:

  • CITB Health, safety and environment test within the last 2 years

and one of the following:

  • QCF Level 1/SCQF Level 4 Award in Health and Safety in a Construction Environment. This is a lifetime qualification that only needs to be completed once
  • CITB Health and Safety Awareness (one day)
  • IOSH Working Safely (one day)

(There are some other alternatives you can complete instead of one of the three qualifications above – which can be seen here – but I’ve only included the most commonly used ones above to keep it simple.

In my experience the route which the vast majority of delegates take to achieve this card is:

  • CITB Health, safety and environment test
  • CITB Health and Safety Awareness (one day)

This is arguably the most appropriate route. It involves taking the CITB Health and Safety Awareness course which is designed by CITB specifically for entry-level construction workers (ie labourers). This means that your delegates are taking a course which is the most relevant to the role they’ll be undertaking when they’re on site.

The card lasts for five years and then you must renew it through the same process.

How much does it cost?

You’ll need to pay separately for each of the qualifications that each CSCS card requires. You’ll also need to then apply and pay for your CSCS card directly to CSCS. The price of each of the qualification requirements will be different depending on where you book them. Below is an example of what the most commonly taken route (discussed above) could cost you.

  • CITB Health, safety and environment test – £19.50 when booked directly with CITB.
  • CITB Health and Safety Awareness (one day) – £125 + vat when booked with randr Safety
  • CSCS Card application – £30 when done directly with CSCS

Is it compulsory to have a CSCS card to work on constructions sites?

Yes and No. Legally – no, but in practice, you’ll find you’ll most likely need one.

Health and Safety Regulations state that employees working on construction sites must be competent. It’s entirely up to the employer and employee how that competence is displayed.

However, most principal contractors and major house builders require construction workers on their sites to hold a valid CSCS card.

In practice holding a valid CSCS card is the most practical way of displaying your competence to work on construction sites, regardless of whether the Principle Contractor demands it or not.

This blog post was written Liam Jones, Director of randr Safety Systems Ltd. For more information please feel free to get in touch on 0151 427 1678 or







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