Orchard Training & Education can assist you with ensuring you are able to claim the correct card for your role within the industry. Please contact us today for further information. 

This card is available to people who have commenced on a recognised apprenticeship framework. This card is valid for four years and six months, and cannot be renewed.

You can also apply for this card over the phone by calling 0344 99 44 777. You will need to email evidence that you are registered for an apprenticeship to cscs@citb.co.uk prior to calling.

You can confirm that you are registered for an apprenticeship using one of the following:

  • A letter from the Managing Agency of your apprenticeship, confirming that you are registered with them and which qualifications (with full titles and pathways) you are registered for
  • A letter from your apprenticeship training provider confirming that you are registered with them and which qualifications (with full titles and pathways) you are registered for
  • Your Apprenticeship Agreement, provided that it shows the occupation and qualification (including pathways) you are registered for.
  • A letter from your training provider delivering a CSCS Approved Trailblazer Apprenticeship (England Only)

When applying for this card, you may be exempt from the CITB Health, Safety & Environment test if you have:

  • A letter or email from the Managing Agency of your apprenticeship (which must be clearly identified that they are a Managing Agency) confirming that you have met the Managing Agency’s Health and Safety requirements
  • A certificate for a one day Health and Safety Awareness course
  • A Health and Safety unit included in your induction or initial qualification.

If you have none of the above, then you will need to take the CITB Health, Safety & Environment test before applying for the Apprentice card.

This card is available if you are a trainee and are registered for a qualification that leads to a skilled CSCS card (in the majority of cases a NVQ/SVQ). Please note: SSSTS, SMSTS and NEBOSH General will not be accepted as routes to a Trainee card.

You can also apply for this card over the phone by calling 0344 99 44 777. You will need to email evidence that you registered to do a qualification to cscs@citb.co.uk prior to calling.

The card is valid for five years and can not be renewed.

*Prior to applying for the Trainee card applicants must have completed the appropriate CITB Health, Safety and Environment Test.

On completion of your qualification, you are expected to move onto the appropriate skilled CSCS card for your occupation. The CSCS cardfinder will tell you which card to apply for.

*Important note: Applicants must be able to provide proof of registration onto their qualification. As a minimum, you are required to provide evidence from your training provider’s awarding body that includes:

  • Applicants Name
  • Full qualification title and level of the course you are registered to
  • Date of registration (must be in the last 2 years)

This card is available to workers with on the job experience (normally at least one year in the last three).

The card is valid for one year and cannot be renewed.  It is issued on a temporary basis, while a Construction Related QCF qualification is being achieved. It is expected to be replaced by a skilled five year card on achievement of a Construction Related NVQ or SVQ Level 2 or higher.

An Experienced Worker Card cannot be replaced by a Provisional card.

You can also apply for this card over the phone by calling 0344 99 44 777. You will need to email evidence that you have registered for a qualification to cscs@citb.co.uk prior to calling.

*All applicants must have passed the relevant CITB Health, Safety & Environment Test within the past two years and be registered for the relevant Construction Related NVQ or SVQ.

To find out the level of Health, Safety and Environment test you should take please check your occupation here

*Important note: Applicants must be able to provide proof of registration onto their qualification. As a minimum, you are required to provide evidence from your training provider’s awarding organisation that includes:

  • Applicants Name
  • Full qualification title and level of the course you are registered to
  • Date of registration (must be in the last 2 years)

This card is available to Supervisors, Managers and Technical Workers with on the job experience (normally at least one year in the last three) who have not achieved a construction related NVQ or SVQ level 3, 4 or 5 (or construction related QCF NVQ Level 6 or 7) and are not a member of an approved Professional Body.

The card is valid for three years and cannot be renewed.  It is issued on a temporary basis, while a Construction related NVQ or SVQ is being achieved. It is expected to be replaced by a skilled five year card on achievement of a Construction related NVQ or SVQ Level 3 or higher.

All applicants must be registered for the relevant Construction related NVQ or SVQ and have passed the CITB Health, Safety & Environment Test within the past two years.  For Supervisor occupations you should take the Supervisors test and for Manager occupations you should take the Managers and Professionals test.

To find out the level of Health, Safety and Environment test you should take

Please check your occupation here

*Important note: Applicants must be able to provide proof of registration onto their qualification. As a minimum, you are required to provide evidence from your training provider’s awarding organisation that includes:

  • Applicants Name
  • Full qualification title and level of the course you are registered to
  • Date of registration (must be in the last 2 years)

You can apply for this card if you have either:

Achieved a construction related NVQ or SVQ level 2

or

Completed an apprenticeship, such as an Employer sponsored apprenticeship, a City and Guilds of London Institute Craft Certificate or a CSCS Approved Trailblazer

You can also apply for this card over the phone by calling 0344 99 44 777. You will need to email evidence of your qualifications to cscs@citb.co.uk prior to calling.

If you do not have these qualifications, but you are experienced in your job and have registered for a qualification applicable to your occupation, you may apply for an Experienced Worker Card. Click here for further details on the Experienced Workers card.

All applicants must pass the CITB Health, Safety and Environment test

This card is valid for five years.

This card is available if you have either:

  • Achieved a Construction Related NVQ or SVQ level 3
  • Completed an approved indentured apprenticeship (e.g.with NJCBI, BATJIC etc.)
  • Completed an employer sponsored apprenticeship which included the achievement of a City and Guilds of London Institute Advanced Craft Certificate.

You can also apply for this card over the phone by calling 0344 99 44 777. You will need to email evidence of your qualifications to cscs@citb.co.uk prior to calling.

This card is valid for five years.

All applicants must pass the CITB Health, Safety & Environment Test.  For Advanced Craft occupations you should take the Operative or the Specialist test depending what your occupation is.   Before you book your test check out the requirements for your occupation using cardfinder.

This card is available for supervisor and technical occupations subject to the achievement of a Construction Related Supervisory/Technical NVQ or SVQ level or 4

You can also apply for this card over the phone by calling 0344 99 44 777. You will need to email evidence of your qualifications to cscs@citb.co.uk prior to calling.

This card is valid for five years.

All applicants must pass the Supervisors CITB Health, Safety & Environment Test.    Before you book your test check out the requirements for your occupation using cardfinder.

This card is available for manager and technical occupations subject to:

  • Achievement of a relevant Construction Management/Technical related NVQ/SVQ level 4, 5, 6 or 7

You can apply for this card over the phone by calling 0344 99 44 777. You will need to email evidence of your qualifications to cscs@citb.co.uk prior to calling.

This card is valid for five years.

All applicants must pass the CITB Managers and Professionals Health, Safety and Environment Test.

To search for your occupation and the level of qualification required use of Card Finder here

This card is available to people who have completed certain construction related degrees, HNDs, HNCs, CIOB Certificates and NEBOSH diplomas. There is a list of the qualifications accepted here

To apply for the card, applicants will need to supply a copy of their qualification and where possible evidence of the units achieved within the qualification.

You can also apply for this card over the phone by calling 0344 99 44 777. You will need to email evidence of your qualifications to cscs@citb.co.uk prior to calling.

All applicants must pass the CITB Managers and Professionals Health, Safety and Environment Test

This card is valid for five years.