CSCS (Construction Skills Certification Scheme) has ended an exemption that applicants could previously use to get a CSCS card without passing the Construction Industry Training Board’s (CITB) Health, safety and environment test

In most cases, to get a CSCS card, an applicant must:

However, before the 2nd September, applicants who had achieved an SVQ or NVQ within the last 2 years did not have to pass the CITB Health, safety and environment test.

This exemption has now been ended, regardless of when they obtained their NVQ or SVQ. If applicants have not passed the test, a card will not be issued.

CSCS’s director of operations Gordon Jenkins said: “Accepting the recent completion of an SVQ or NVQ as an exemption to taking the CITB Health, safety and environment test is no longer in step with the wishes of the industry and as such the exemption will be withdrawn.”

Gordon Jenkins continued “CSCS, together with our 35 partner card schemes, are bound by the requirements of the Industrial Strategy for Construction. The Industrial Strategy is overseen by The Construction Leadership Council (CLC) who, in 2015, announced that cards displaying the CSCS logo should only issue skilled cards to applicants who hold nationally recognised construction qualifications and have passed a separate health and safety element.”

For further information on the withdrawal of this exemption to the CITB Health, safety and environment test click here.


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