If you have ambitions of working in the construction industry you may have seen in advertisements and job listings that an employer, agency or contractor is looking for workmen or tradesmen who have a current and valid CSCS card. If you have clicked through to this page because you want to learn more about CSCS cards then you have come to the right place. As well as learning all you need to know about what CSCS is and why CSCS tests and cards are so important you find the information you need to apply for the relevant CSCS tests, cards and advice on how to study for the tests as well.
What Is CSCS?
CSCS is the Construction Skills Certification Scheme and was introduced in the mid-90′s to improve on-site efficiency and reduce accidents by improving the competency of construction site workers. At the time there were a lot of unnecessary accidents and injuries occurring and many tradesmen and other construction workers were feeling unsafe in their working environment, so change was needed.
The test has been updated regularly since then, particularly on the 2nd of April 2012 when there was major changes and improvements made to ensure that tradesmen had a better experience when working on construction sites. These changes and improvements came in the form of the Construction Skills Health, Safety and Environment Test which was a replacement for the old, out of date Health and Safety Test to ensure it was in line with current HSE practices. As a result the standards across the construction industry are at a much higher level than they have ever been in the past.
The CSCS holds a database of everyone who is currently working within the construction industry who has achieved or shown that they have a reasonable level of competence while at work. All those who successful pass CSCS testing are issued a CSCS card which acts as both proof of their achievements and a form of I.D. There are a number of different CSCS cards available and as they are becoming mandatory with more and more employers and contractors, it is thought that there are around 1.7 million card owners in the industry at the moment.
This is why if you are looking for work within the construction industry you should seriously consider applying for and sitting the CSCS tests to gain a CSCS card. Without it you may find it very difficult to find work in the sector.