What is The CSCS Black Card?
CSCS black card is the manager level card in the Construction Skills Certification Scheme. Holding the card demonstrates that you’re experienced and can hold a management position on a construction site, whilst working safely.
Whilst a CSCS card isn’t a legal requirement. Holding one is a wise move for anyone working in the construction industry, including those at senior level. Most construction companies, especially major ones, insist that employees hold some type of CSCS card.
Even if you’re already working in a management position, gaining a CSCS card could still be a good career choice.
Holding a black CSCS increases your employability and earning potential. In addition to better job opportunities, you will be a more important asset to your current employer, as many construction companies are moving towards being 100% CSCS competent.
Construction firms need to demonstrate that they are compliant to Construction Design and Management Regulations (CDM) by making sure that employees are skilled and can carry out their roles safely. Being a black card holder makes you a CDM compliant employee.
A black managers card is also a pathway to CIOB membership which is a recognised professional construction platform.
Overall, gaining a black card is a worthwhile pursuit and worthy of your time and attention. If you want to further your career in the industry.
How Can I Get a card?
When you apply for a CSCS card, you need to prove that you have the training and qualifications required to carry out your job.
This black card is only available to manager and technical occupations. Who have achieved a relevant Construction Management/Technical related NVQ/SVQ level 4, 5, 6 or 7.
In most cases, you will also need to pass the CITB Managers and Professionals Health, Safety and Environment Test (if you have completed a construction manager level NVQ in the last two years you may be exempt from this test until the 2nd of September 2019.
Card application costs £36 and the separate CITB Health, safety and environment test costs £21 when booked directly with the CITB. Your card will be valid for five years.
if you don’t hold a level 4 and above NVQ/SVQ. Then your first step to becoming a black card holder is to find a relevant construction NVQ.