The red card is provided as a transitional arrangement for those who are just starting out or for those with relevant industry experience but who do not yet have the necessary qualification for the full CSCS card.
Provisional Card – (from 1st July) a temporary measure (up to 6 months) for new workers who have just started their first role. Labourers who have not yet obtained the new green card can also apply for a provisional card as a stopgap measure. It is not renewable and applicants must have completed the health, safety and environment test.
Apprentice Card – (from 1st July) for apprentices on a registered framework. The card lasts for up to 4 years. The health and safety test is the first module in an apprenticeship so the test does not need to be done when you apply for the card.
Trainee (Craft & Operative) – For those just starting out this card is available if you are an apprentice or trainee and are registered for an NVQ, SVQ or are registered for or have achieved a Construction Award but have not yet achieved an NVQ or SVQ. This card is valid for three years.
Trainee (Technical, Supervisory and Management) – This card is available if you can provide evidence of current registration with a further/higher education college or university for a nationally recognised construction related qualification. This card is valid for three years and can be renewed for a further three years on application.
Applicants will need to take the Specialist Test and use the Technical, Supervisor or Manager Application Form
Experienced Worker – This card is available to workers with on the job experience but don’t yet have the necessary NVQ or SVQ. The card is valid for one year and is non-renewable as it is expected to be replaced it is expected to be replaced by a skilled five year card on achievement of NVQ or SVQ Level 2 or higher.
Applicants will need to take the Operatives Test and use the CSCS Craft Application Form
Experienced Technician, Supervisor or Manager – This card is available to Supervisors and Managers with on the job experience (normally at least one year in the last three) who do not hold an NVQ or SVQ level 3,4 or 5 and are not a member of an approved Professional Body. The card is a temporary measure and is expected to be replaced by a skilled five year card on achievement of NVQ or SVQ Level 3 or higher.
For Supervisor occupations you should take the Specialist/Supervisors Test and for Manager occupations you should take the Managers and Professionals test. Apply with the Technical, Supervisor or Manager Application Form
Graduate (Discontinued) –
If you have completed a recognised building qualification but do not have the necessary experience or qualifications for a higher level card you’ll need to apply for the Graduate red card. The card is valid for 3 years and can be renewed for a further 3 years.
You must supply a copy of your qualification and complete the CITB Managers and Professionals Health, Safety & Environment Test and apply with the Technical, Supervisor or Manager Application Form