Renewing your card under the Construction Skills Certification Scheme

Get the right CSCS Card

Firstly, you need to make sure that you get the right CSCS card. This depends on your skills, experience and what your role will be in construction.

We have highlighted the main cards below but other, more specialised, cards are available.

  • Green: Labourer's card:
    For many this card is adequate to provide access to a site. This card can be renewed through training and a CITB test in the same way as your previous card.
  • Blue: Skilled worker:
    As the name suggests this card is valid for those in skilled trades likes plumbers and glaziers. In the case of renewal you will likely already have the required advanced construction qualifications such as a NVQ/SVQ level 2 or a City and Guilds Craft Certificate.
  • Red: Experienced worker:
    This is a temporary card valid for one year for workers with recent experience of construction (CSCS suggest one year in the last three).
  • Black: Manager
    Available to manager occupations with NVQ/SVQ Level 5,6,7 in relevant construction management level qualification or hold a pre-existing NVQ level 4 qualification in construction management.
  • Trainee/Apprentice cards
    These cards cannot be renewed!

We focus on the renewal process for a CSCS Labourer's card (green) below

Renewing a CSCS Labourer's (Green) card

Even if you have had a CSCS card before you will still need to meet the scheme requirements before you can renews. In the same way as obtaining a new card, there are two routes to meeting these requirements:

  • Classroom training + CITB touchscreen test
  • Level 1 Qualification (in Construction) + CITB touchscreen test

The Level 1 Qualification needs to be in a construction subject but the good news is that many are lifetime awards so you only have to pass once.

A previous touchscreen test will only be valid for the lifetime of the previous CSCS card. To ensure you pass the touchscreen test we would advise that you prepare and take practice exams. These are perfect for online training!

Online training for CSCS Green Cards

The Digital College offers an online training course and flexible exam system. Study in your own time wherever you may be (as long as you have internet).

Why not have a look at our CSCS Green Card package, which handles the training and application process for you.

Just need a suitable qualification? We have the Level 1 Health and Safety in a Construction Environment

Online training for CSCS cards

Get your CSCS Green card the easy way. Train online in your spare time.

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