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What is a CSCS Card?

Updated: Apr 28, 2023

If you’ve seen adverts for roles in construction you may have noticed that a CSCS card is often required. If you’re unsure what this is, here’s everything you need to know. about the card that no construction worker should be without.

CSCS stands for Construction Skills Certification Scheme, which is a UK-based scheme established to ensure that construction workers have the necessary skills, training, and qualifications to work safely and effectively on construction sites.

Although not a legal requirement in the UK, it is commonly required by employers and contractors working in the construction industry. Many construction sites require workers to hold a valid CSCS card to demonstrate their competency and qualifications for the job they are undertaking.

The Green Labourers CSCS card is aimed at individuals who are new to the construction industry and have not yet obtained any construction-related qualifications or training. It is a basic-level certification that demonstrates the holder's knowledge of health and safety practices and their ability to work safely on construction sites.

To obtain a Green Labourers CSCS card, individuals must pass both a Health & Safety in Construction qualification and the CITB Health, Safety and Environment Test, which assesses their knowledge of basic health and safety principles, such as hazard identification, risk assessment, and the proper use of personal protective equipment (PPE). The test is a multiple-choice exam that takes approximately 45 minutes to complete.

The Green Labourers CSCS card is valid for five years and can be renewed upon expiration.

Obtaining a Green Labourers CSCS card is an essential step for anyone looking to start a career in the construction industry in the UK.

Here at ANTA Education we’re dedicated to supporting people in gaining their CSCS cards, whether they’re new to the sector or looking to renew their cards.

Contact us to find out about our current CSCS card courses by emailing

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