Applying for a CSCS Labourers ‘Green’ card
Prior to July 2014, those wishing to hold the CSCS Labourers ‘Green’ card only had to complete a CSCS Health, Safety and Environment test for Operatives which is a forty-five-minute touchscreen test. This was the quickest and cheapest way for those working as labourers to get onto a UK construction site.
The UK Construction Group (UKCG) and Major Housing Building Group (MHBG) quickly endorsed the CSCS’ plans to extend the training that candidates were required to complete before being issued with a Labourers card and as a result, in addition to the CSCS Health, Safety and Environment test, candidates will also need to complete the CITB Health, Safety and Awareness training course.
This one-day course is suitable for those wishing to work on construction sites as a labourer and teaches candidates about health and safety and how it can affect them whilst working on site. The course covers areas including; fire prevention, manual handling, working at height, using equipment, occupational health, construction hazards and legal requirements. Candidates are required to pass a multiple choice question paper at the end of the course and upon successful completion, will receive a CITB accredited certificate which is valid for five years.
Once the candidate has completed both the CITB Health & Safety Awareness training course and the CSCS Health, Safety and Environment test for Operatives, they will be able to apply for the CSCS Labourers ‘Green’ card which is again, valid for five years.