How to meet the criteria and apply for a CSCS Labourer Card (Green Card)
Labourers play an integral role in the construction industry and without them a building site would grind to a halt. Working at the heart of a construction site in a high risk industry, labourers are exposed to a surfeit of potential threats and dangers so it’s important that they have a good understanding of both their roles and health & safety legislation. To prove they are competent, most construction site managers ask labourers to produce a CSCS Labourer Card before they are allowed on site.
What is a CSCS Labourer Card?
The Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS) is a not-for-profit organisation tasked with accrediting UK construction workers with evidence of their competence for work. A CSCS Card demonstrates that the holder has achieved a qualification relevant to their trade, usually a National Vocational Qualification (NVQ), accompanied by a health and safety test certificate. As there is no NVQ, or other formal qualification, for labouring work, a building labourer is required to undergo health and safety training before they can obtain a CSCS Card. The Labourer Card (also known as the Green Card) is valid for five years and can be renewed after that time (see below).
How do I get the card?
To apply for a Labourer Card, you must pass the CITB Health Safety & Environment Test (£19.50). There are four versions of this test: make sure you book the ‘labourer’ test. Secondly, you must achieve one of the following qualifications:
- The one day QCF Level One or SCQF Level 4 Award in Health and Safety in a Construction Environment.
- The one day Site Safety Plus CITB Health and Safety Awareness Course.
- The one day IOSH Working Safely Course
(For more information on these courses, see the CSCS website)
Once you meet the criteria, apply for your card by calling the CSCS contact centre on 0344 994 4777. The card costs £30 and is issued within one working day.
Is there a temporary card I can apply for?
If you need to get (or stay) on site while you are waiting to take one of the health and safety courses, you can apply for a non-renewable provisional card which is valid for only six months. To obtain the provisional card, you must still pass the CITB Health Safety & Environment Test (Labourer test).
How do I renew my card?
The CSCS Labourer Card expires after five years. To renew your card, you must re-pass the CITB Health Safety & Environment Test then call CSCS on 0344 994 4777. You can renew your labourer card up to six months before the expiry date and six months after. Leave it any longer than this and you will have to apply for the card again which means retaking the health and safety course.
All information in this article was accurate as of November 2016.