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One of the key roles of APT over the last few years has been to help hundreds of candidates working in Birmingham and the West Midlands gain the essential CSCS green card for labourers.

Furthermore, as we are a CITB Accredited test centre, we are also an approved ATO Centre. This means companies can claim money back if they have booked CITB training with us.

What is CSCS (Construction Skills Certification Scheme)?

Essentially your passport to working on a construction site, the Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS) Green Labourers Card is attained by passing the CITB Health and Safety Awareness (HSA) course, the CITB Health, Safety and Environment test (within the last 2 years) and completing the QCF Level 1/SCQF Level 4 Award in Health and Safety in a Construction Environment or SCQF Level 5 REHIS Elementary Health and Safety Certificate.

Background

CSCS’ function is to provide a scheme for the construction industry that confirms an individual site workers’ training and subsequent qualifications.

It had become apparent that many site workers carrying out skilled labouring jobs had been applying for the CSO Entry Level Green Card as a simple way of gaining access to construction sites.

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This made it difficult for contractors to use CSCS cards as a signifier that labourers had the required skills to work safely and effectively on site.  In other words, there was confusion as to whether CSCS Cards were just a passport to gain access to a site, or a true measure of someone’s competence on the job.

The aim for the all-new Green Card is to set a definite standard for all those working as labourers, that demonstrates their awareness and understanding of basic health and safety issues, without incurring any undue costs (in terms of money or time).

Do you or your employees need a new Green Card?

If so, you must provide evidence that you or your labourer has attained one of the following: QCF/SCQF Level 1 Award Health and Safety in a Construction Environment or a 1 day Site Safety Plus Health and Safety Awareness course.

You must also pass the CITB Operatives Health, Safety and Environment test within two years prior to applying for a new card.

How APT Health & Safety can help!

Fitting around your schedule, we can arrange on-site training for you and send one of our experienced trainers to deliver the 1 day Site Safety Plus Health and Safety Awareness training for anyone that may require it.  This means minimal disruption to you and reassurance that everyone you employ has the appropriate accreditation and training.

Site Supervisors and Managers

In addition to the 1-day course for site operatives, we also offer CITB Site Supervisors Safety Training Scheme and CITB Site managers Safety training Scheme courses from our Training Centre in Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire  and on-site at businesses across Birmingham and the West Midlands.

If you’re unclear about anything you’ve read in this article or would like a friendly, informal chat with us about the new Green Card, please don’t hesitate to contact us today.

 

The APT Team

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