Applying for CSCS cards


If you wish to apply for cards, we recommend using the online service. It’s quick, easy and available when you need it, all year round.


There’s a step-by-step video on how to apply for a CSCS card online below and on our YouTube channel as well as a handy guide for help with online applications, which you can find here.


Before you apply, please ensure you:

  1. Have a scanned copy of your qualification certificate, or proof that you are registered to complete a recognised construction related qualification relevant to your occupation. To check if CSCS accepts your qualification, you can use the CSCS Card Finder. Select ‘Search by qualification’, type in your qualification and see if your qualification appears.
  2. Have the test ID number from your CITB Health, safety and environment (HS&E) test ready. This can be found at the top of your pass certificate.
  3. Have a credit or debit card to pay the £36 application fee.

Profile pictures are taken when you take the HS&E test and these pictures will be used on your CSCS card, should your application be approved. If you are applying with an exemption to the HS&E test requirement then you will have to provide a passport style photograph as part of your application.

For guidance on making an online application use the CSCS Online instruction guide.

If you hold an existing card

You can claim existing CSCS cards from our previous system. Please follow these simple steps to claim your card.

  1. Once you have created your online account, please select ‘My cards’ from the main menu, then select ‘Claim my card’.
  2. Enter your registration number and the necessary personal details, then press enter.
  3. This will link your previous card to your new online account, while allowing to keep the same registration number.

You can then either renew your card, or apply for the same or a different card.

Please note: If your old card has expired or you hold a Labourer, PQP or AQP card you will not be able to renew. Instead, please make a new application and upload your qualifications when requested.

Apply as an employer

Employers should also apply online. To find out more, visit Employer Applications.

Contact details

The quickest way to get in touch is via your new CSCS online account. If you already have an account, please log in and select ‘Support’ on the top menu, click ‘Add Request’ and enter your details and required documents, then a member of the team will be in touch.

If you do not have an online account, then please call 0344 994 4777 (8am to 6pm, Monday to Friday).

When your application has been approved, your CSCS card will be posted out to you the next working day. Most cards arrive at their requested destination within 3-5 days of application approval. If your card does not arrive within 10 days then please contact CSCS.

You can also download the My CSCS app to use your virtual CSCS card on site straight away.


All CSCS cards cost £36 and all CITB HS&E tests cost £22.50 (we can arrange the booking of the the test and card application with addtional service charge, please call for more info.

There are a number of organisations that offer card application services. If you are being charged more than £36 for a card or £22.50 for a CITB Health, safety & environment test, please check that you understand what additional services you will receive, if any. The cheapest and quickest way to apply for a card is directly via the CSCS online application service.

Apply over the phone

We always recommend applicants use the online application service. Online applications are quick, easy and secure, with the service available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

If you do not have a CSCS Online account, you can apply over the phone by calling 0344 99 44 777.

Please note, telephone applications will take longer to process than an online application. You will also need access to your email account during the call so that we can verify your details and complete the application process. We always recommend applying online but uploading your documents to the support section of your online account before calling to make your application also helps ensure quicker results.

Without a valid email address CSCS may be unable to process your application.


How do you know which construction NVQ to choose when there are so many to choose from?

NVQ (National Vocational Qualification) are delivered in the workplace involving practical and knowledge assessments and are designed to demonstrate a learner’s occupational competence. NVQs give learner the opportunity to work and achieve a qualification at the same time. This means you can study at the level that’s right for your job role and level of experience, and progress accordingly.


All our assessors are industry qualified in their occupational trade, so you will get the best advice, guidance and support required to complete you NVQ qualification.


Your assessment is based on the practical activity you undertake in the workplace and a portfolio of evidence to show that you meet occupational standards. A qualified assessor will observe you while you’re at work and question you to test your knowledge and understanding.


Just give us a call and one of our trained staff will be on hand to answer any questions and provide you with the support you need in getting the right Construction NVQ qualification.



Higher levels of Construction NVQ means an enhanced CSCS card for you



Red CSCS Card


NVQ Trainee

This card is valid for five years and cannot be renewed. Cardholders are expected to complete their qualification by the time the card expires and apply for a skilled CSCS card.

This temporary card is available if you are a trainee and registered to complete a construction related qualification. The qualification may be vocational, academic or professional, but must be acceptable for a skilled CSCS card.

Applicants must also have passed the Operative level CITB Health, Safety and Environment test within the last 2 years.


Green CSCS Card


NVQ Level 1

The Labourer card is specifically for people carrying out labouring duties. Do not apply for this card if you work in a skilled occupation – to find the correct card for your occupation,

This card is valid for five years.

All applicants must pass the CITB health, safety and environment test for operatives and hold one of the following:

An RQF Level 1/SCQF Level 4 Award in Health and Safety in a Construction Environment. Please note: the RQF Level 1 Award is a lifetime qualification.

An SCQF Level 5 REHIS Elementary Health and Safety Certificate.

The NOCN/CSkills Awards Construction Health and Safety (F/618/0738) unit

A CSCS Alternative qualifications with an expiry date can only be used once, so you will need to retake these qualifications in the future when you renew your Labourer card.



Blue CSCS Card


NVQ Level 2

You can apply for this card if you have either:

Achieved a construction related NVQ or SVQ level 2 or Completed an apprenticeship, such as an Employer sponsored apprenticeship, a City and Guilds of London Institute Craft Certificate or a CSCS Approved Trailblazer

If you do not have these qualifications, but you are experienced in your job and have registered for a qualification applicable to your occupation, you may apply for an Experienced Worker Card.

All applicants must have passed the CITB Health, Safety and Environment test within the last 2 years, at the relevant level for the occupation being applied for.

This card is valid for five years.


Below are some of the NVQ qualification we offer:

NVQ Level 2 Stonemasonry

NVQ level 2 Trowel Occupations

NVQ level 2 Ceiling Fixer

NVQ level 2 Roofing Occupations

NVQ level 2 Plastering

NVQ level 2 Wood Occupation

NVQ level 2 Drylining Finishing

NVQ level 2 Drylining Fixer

NVQ level 2 Formwork Carpentry

NVQ Level 2 Painting & Decorating

NVQ level 2 Fitted Interiors

NVQ level 2 Wall & Floor Tilling

NVQ level 2 Multitrade

NVQ Level 2 Cladding

NVQ level 2 Groundworker



Gold CSCS Card


NVQ Level 3

This card is available for supervisor and technical occupations subject to the achievement of:

Construction Related Supervisory/Technical NVQ or SVQ Level 3 or 4

Occupational Work Supervision NVQ or SVQ Level 3 (including proof of endorsed occupation). 

This card is valid for five years.

All applicants must pass the Supervisors CITB Health, Safety & Environment Test.    Before you book your test check out the requirements for your occupation using card finder.


Below are some of the NVQ qualification we offer:


NVQ level 3 Occupation Work Supervision

NVQ level 4 Construction Site Supervision



Black CSCS Card


NVQ Level 4-7

This card is available for manager and technical occupations subject to:

Achievement of a relevant Construction Management/Technical related NVQ/SVQ level 5, 6 or 7

A SVQ Level 4 in Construction Management/Technical related qualification or

Holding a pre-existing NVQ level 4 in construction management.

This card is valid for five years.

All applicants must pass the CITB Managers and Professionals Health, Safety and Environment Test.


Level 6 NVQ Diploma in Construction Site Management




Call us now at 0333 011 6266 so we can help you take the next steps in your career.