CSCS Blue Card

The CSCS Blue Card, or the CSCS Skilled Worker Card as it is sometimes called, is one of the most popular CSCS Cards. 

What is the CSCS Blue Card?

The CSCS Blue Card acts as evidence that the holder has the required level of competence to fulfil a particular role on site. They will only be issued to experienced workers that have completed the relevant training and demonstrate the required knowledge and skills to perform their role and responsibilities safely and effectively. 

The CSCS Blue Card will provide sufficient evidence for the majority of people working on site. However, it’s not adequate for anyone that is employed to oversee, supervise or manage other workers on site. In those circumstances, it would be more appropriate for the individual to hold a CSCS Gold Card or a CSCS Black Card. 

Who Is This Course Aimed At?

This qualification is targeted at individuals who work or want to work in the construction industry and specialise in the lifting suspended loads.

In particular it is suitable for:

  • workers who need the qualification to meet legislative requirements
  • workers wishing to progress into a supervisory position
  • people in employment who wish to enhance their career prospects
  • individuals who wish to start their own business
  • full-time and part-time study

This qualification is mainly taken by individuals employed or seeking employment as:

  • Controlling Lifting Operations Operative

What courses do we offer to help you get your CSCS Blue Card?

We offer a range of Level 2 NVQs across construction and plant operations that allow you to apply for your CSCS Blue Card. 

A number of our most popular Level 2 NVQs can be found on our NVQ page LINK. Alternatively, you can speak to one of our team by calling 0191 229 2031 or completing an enquiry form on our Contact Us page.

How do I apply for the CSCS Blue Card?

There are two key requirements when applying for the CSCS Blue Card.

Scanned copy of your NVQ qualification certificate or equivalent qualification. 

All applicants need to have completed a Level 2 NVQ or valid equivalent. Any completed qualification must be relevant to the day to day role and responsibilities of the applicant. For example, if the applicant is involved with moving steel sections or installing structural steelwork components, they should complete the Level 2 NVQ Steel Erecting. LINK A Level 2 NVQ in an unrelated specialty will not be sufficient to demonstrate competence and so will not be accepted by employers. If an applicant has a number of different responsibilities on site then they are able to hold multiple NVQs on a single card, instead of holding a different card for each area of specialty. 

Test ID number from your CITB Health, Safety and Environment (HS&E) Test.

All applicants must have completed a CITB Health, Safety and Environment Test (HS&E) in the past two years. The HS&E Test required is dependent on the qualification that is being applied for. Most CSCS Blue Card applicants will need to complete the Operative Test to ensure they have a minimum level of health, safety and environmental awareness before going on site. The test covers the five core knowledge areas; legal and management, health and welfare, general safety, high risk activities and environment. Potential candidates should note that the HS&E Test is owned and administered by CITB (not CSCS) and as such, any queries relating to the test should be directed to CITB directly. 

Can I apply for the CSCS Blue Card without an NVQ?

Applicants for the CSCS Blue Card usually hold a Level 2 NVQ. However, you are able to apply for the if you don’t have a Level 2 NVQ. To apply for the CSCS Blue Card you need to have either successfully completed a Level 2 NVQ in an appropriate subject OR a valid equivalent. 

Valid alternatives could include apprenticeships (e.g. an employer sponsored apprenticeship), a City and Guilds of London Institute Craft Certificate or a CSCS Approved Trailblazer. If you are unsure whether you hold a valid alternative, contact the CSCS directly

How do I renew my CSCS Blue Card?

CSCS Blue Cards need to be renewed every five years.  The easiest way to renew your card is via the CSCS online application service.

To renew your CSCS Blue Card you need to prove you have the appropriate training and qualifications required to carry out your job and will also need to pass the CITB Health, Safety and Environment Test (HS&E). 

CSCS cards can be renewed 6 months prior to and up to 6 months after, the expiry date printed on the card. The expiry date of a renewed CSCS card will be the expiry date of the original CSCS card plus the lifespan of the card.

How much does the CSCS Blue Card cost?

All CSCS cards cost £36 and all CITB HS&E tests cost £22. Please note that the CITB HS&E test will cost £22.50 from April 1st 2022.

There are a number of third party organisations that offer CSCS card application services. If they are charging more than the prices quoted above then please ensure you understand what additional services you are being offered, if any. Invariably, the cheapest and most efficient way to apply for a CSCS card is directly via the CSCS online application service