To prove skills and competence on construction sites, workers are asked to show CSCS Skilled (Blue/Gold) Cards by Contractors. Access to sites can be restricted if workers do not hold correct and valid cards.

CSCS Skilled (Blue/Gold) Cards are available for hundreds of skilled construction jobs. To obtain a card, workers must:

  • Hold an NVQ Level 2 or 3 in the trade/job needed on site
  • Hold a valid CITB Health, Safety and Environment Test (within 2 years)

CSCS Skilled (Blue/Gold) Card are valid for 5 years

NVQs – NVQ Assessors visit Construction workers on-site to collect evidence that proves their skills and knowledge. Photographs, videos, testimonies, records of discussions, records of training, etc. are collected whilst workers carry out their job and these pieces of evidence are referenced, by the Assessor, against national standards. This proves that workers meet the Industry standard. An NVQ portfolio is built by the Assessor.

CITB Health, Safety and Environment Test – The CITB Health, Safety and Environment Test helps workers prove that they meet a minimum level of health, safety and environmental awareness while working on site. There are 50 multiple choice questions.

Duration – On average, 2 to 4 site visits are required over approximately 6 weeks to complete an NVQ. If training is required, the length of the course will be discussed with a Tutor/Assessor. The CITB Health, Safety and Environment Test is a maximum of 45 minutes

Location – Delivery of the NVQ is based on site. The CITB Health, Safety and Environment is taken at testing centres available Nationwide.

Those who successfully pass the test and meet the NVQ specification will receive a certificate from a recognised awarding organisation: Cskills Awards.

Once the NVQ is achieved and a valid CITB Health, Safety and Environment test (within 2 years) is held, CSCS Skilled (Blue/Gold) Cards can be ordered.