Red CSCS Card

This card is available if you are a trainee or experienced worker and registered for a qualification that leads to a skilled CSCS card.

Why get a Red CSCS Card?

If you have at least one year’s experience of working on a construction site, but hold no industry-recognised qualifications, this temporary card will make it easier to show prospective employers you can perform skilled tasks.
Once you have registered for a relevant SVQ or NVQ you can apply for the Experienced Worker Card, which will prove that you are taking steps towards gaining a recognised construction qualification. Once you have successfully completed your industry-recognised qualification you will be able to apply for a Blue, Gold or Black skilled  card, which is valid for five years.

The card is valid for 5 years as a Trainee and 3 years for an experienced worker both cannot be renewed.

Prior to applying for the card applicants must have completed the appropriate CITB Health, Safety and Environment Test.

Valid for 5 Years

*As a trainee

Valid for 3 Years

*As an experienced worker

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Key Information

On completion of your qualification, you are expected to move onto the appropriate skilled CSCS card for your occupation. The CSCS cardfinder will tell you which card to apply for.
Please note: SSSTS, SMSTS and NEBOSH General will not be accepted as routes to a Trainee card.

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CSCS Card Finder

Once you have completed your NVQ and have an upto date Health and safety test,  you will be able to apply for the suitable CSCS card. 

You can use the CITB CSCS Card Finder to help you decide which CSCS card to apply for and which CITB Health, Safety & Environment test you need to pass based on your occupation.

CSCS & CPCS Cards

Once you have successfully completed your industry-recognised qualification you will be able to apply for other types of cards, from red to green, blue, gold and black. 

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