Changes to the CSCS Green Card

CSCS has implemented important changes to their current Green Card scheme from the 1st July 2014, The Green Construction Site Operative (CSO) card has been discontinued and will no longer be issued. CSCS has introduced a new Green CSCS Card called the ‘Labourer’ Green Card and is only available for people working as a labourer on any site that operates the CSCS carding system.

Can I renew my old Construction Site Operative CSCS Green Card?

Unfortunately the old Construction Site Operative CSCS Green Card cannot be renewed. As of the 1st July 2014 this Green Card can no longer be renewed and will no longer be issued by CSCS. If you want to stay with a Green Card you will have to complete one of the below options.

If your Green Card expires after the 1st of July your Green CSO card will remain valid until its current expiry date.

How do you get the new CSCS ‘Labourer’ Green card?

Complete either:

Or

Pass the Health Safety & Environmental Operative Test.

Once achieved complete a CSCS Card Application form.

** A CIEH Level 2 Award Health and Safety in the Workplace will also qualify you to hold the new CSCS Green Labourer’s Card.


Pros and Cons of the two different options:

Site Safety Plus Health & Safety Awareness – 1 day course

  • Only a one day course
  • Gets your CSCS Labourers’ card quicker and in a guaranteed timescale
  • Site Safety Plus courses have a 99% pass rate nationally
  • £50 CITB grant per day, per delegate for CITB Registered Companies
  • Low in-company costs – use CITB Grant claim to maximise savings

NVQ Level 1 Award in Health & Safety in a Construction Environment (QCF)

  • Harder to manage – the company will have to produce a lot of evidence/witness testimonials
  • Any gaps in the candidate’s knowledge will be required
  • Longer to complete than HSA course
  • 40 guided learning hours to complete
  • More extensive than 1 day HSA course
  • Qualification for life – no need to renew
  • No CITB Grant Aid

 


Renewal of the New CSCS Green ‘Labourer’ Card:

Renewal Route 1:  The CITB Site Safety Plus – Health & Safety Awareness:

If you achieve the CSCS Labourer’ Green card by attending and achieving the CITB Site Safety Plus – Health & Safety Awareness – 1 day course you will have to attend that course every five years. In addition to the above you have to complete the following:

Pass the Health Safety & Environmental Operative Test

Complete a CSCS Card Application form

Renewal Route 2: Level 1 Award in Health and Safety in a Construction Environment (QCF)

If you achieve the CSCS Labourer’ Green card by achieving the NVQ Level 1 Award in Health and Safety in a Construction Environment (QCF) you need to achieve the following:

Pass the Health Safety & Environmental Operative Test

Complete a CSCS Card Application form

With this route, you do not need to repeat the Health and Safety in a Construction Environment L1 Award due to it being a qualification awarded for life.

** If you have achieved the new Green card because you hold a CIEH Level 2 Award Health and Safety in the Workplace, the renewal process is the same as if you had competed a Level 1 Award in Health and Safety in a Construction Environment (QCF).

Why have CSCS changed the Green Card criteria?

The old CSCS Green Card (CSO) is being used as an easy passport to site and CSCS believe that using the green card in this way undermines what the CSCS card scheme stands for.

The changes to the green card renewal process have also been implemented to encourage any person that wrongly has a green card to gain the correct card for their occupational level, aiming to deter them from just opting for the easiest route. The changes are meant to ultimately reduce the amount wrongly issued cards.

If the CSCS Green card is not right for you, ATS Group also offers different levels of CSCS qualifications.