Black CSCS Cards: How Do I Get One? [2022 Edition]

Construction companies need to ensure that all employees are CSCS certified before they enter a construction site.
Black CSCS Cards: How Do I Get One? [2022 Edition]

It is important for anyone who works in construction, from labourers to senior level managers and engineers to be able demonstrate their competence if there’s a risk involved in your project or job-site location.

What is a Black CSCS Card?

The black CSCS card is for those in senior positions. To receive this prestigious CSCS card, you need to have at least five years of supervisory experience and have passed an NVQ/ SVQ related Construction Management course or equivalent qualifications from another relevant discipline such as engineering science

In order to hold a Black CSCS Card you'll need to go through anapplication process. This includes passing a health and safety test, and proving your experience and qualifications within the construction industry. The process for getting hold of one of these coveted CSCS cards will take some time but once complete, you'll receive greater benefits such as increased job security.

How to check your Eligibility

If you're looking to get a black CSCS card, start by checking the eligibility criteria on the CSCS website. For quick reference the Black Manager card is only available to those who have completed the relevant Construction Management related NVQ/SVQ level 4, 5, 6 or 7.

If you're unsure of your NVQ/SVQ level or don't have the required qualifications, then you can take a look at our Construction Management courses which will give you the skills and knowledge needed to apply for a black CSCS card.

The Application Process

Once you've checked that you meet the eligibility criteria, it's time to start your application process. This involves filling in an online form and providing evidence of your experience and qualifications. Before you can be awarded your black CSCS card, there is a health and safety test that needs to be passed. The purpose of this test is to prove the person taking it knows that they're working within the latest set of health and safety guidelines.

Preparing for your Test

To prepare for your health and safety test, you should practice by taking a mock exam. This will allow you to get acquainted with the types of questions that will be asked as well as giving yourself an opportunity to improve your existing knowledge. Once you've completed your health and safety evaluation, you'll be ready to begin the application procedure for your black CSCS card. Good luck!

How long is the Black CSCS Card valid for?

CSCS Black cards are valid for five years. At the conclusion of this term, you must renew your card by passing CITB Managers and Professionals Health, Safety and Environment Test to keep it active. This is CSCS's way of ensuring that you remain up to date with the most stringent health and safety standards when on a construction site.

What is the cost of a Black CSCS Card?

There is an application fee which you will need to cover as part of the process. To summarise - black cards are designed for those who have been working within the construction industry for over 5 years, and can demonstrate their experience with previous work references. It's not simply a case of 'buying' one from a training provider!

For more information on Black CSCS cards, visit the CSCS website or get in touch with our team today. We'll be happy to help you every step of the way.

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