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CSCS White Card: Learn About Its Types, Costs, Renewal, and More

Talha Riaz

Oct 03, 2023

Read time : 09 mins

Table Of Contents

What is a CSCS White Card?
How to Get a CSCS White Card?
Cost of a CSCS White Card
Renewing the CSCS White Card
CSCS White Card vs CSCS Black Card

The CSCS White Card is for individuals with a formal education related to the construction industry.

In this blog post, we’ll cover what the CSCS White Card is, types, requirements, and how you can apply for it. We’ll also look at the card cost and the renewal process.

What is a CSCS White Card?

The CSCS White Card is for those with a degree in a construction-related subject. You can also get a CSCS White Card if you’re a member of a CSCS-approved professional body. There are two types of white cards:

1. Academically Qualified Person Card (APA Card)
2. Professionally Qualified Person Card (PQA Card)

Both of these cards are valid for 5 years.

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1CSCS White (Academically Qualified Person) Card 

cscs white card for academically qualified person

For the Academically Qualified Person Card, if you already have a degree in a construction-related subject, you don’t need an NVQ. You can get this card even if you hold a construction-related HND, HNC or CIOB/NEBOSH certificate.


The AQP Card is valid for 5 years. There’s a 6-month window before and after the card expiry date to renew your card.

Required Documents

To be eligible for the CSCS White Card (AQP), you must have the following documents:

  • Scanned copy of your qualification certificate (HND, HNC, CIOB, or NEBOSH diplomas or certificates)
  • Passed CITB Health, Safety and Environment Test or possess a CIC Health and Safety Certification

2. CSCS White Card (Professionally Qualified Person)

cscs white card for professionally qualified person
The CSCS White Card (PQP) Card is specifically designed for individuals who are members of approved CSCS professional bodies. The list of approved bodies includes the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE), The Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB), the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), etc.


It’s valid for 5 years, but you can’t renew it.

Required Documents

To apply for a PQP card, you must have the following documents:

  • Proof that you are a member of one of the approved professional bodies. This can be a membership certificate, a membership card, a payment receipt for membership of the current calendar year, or a screenshot showing your current membership from the official website of the awarding body.
  • Passed a CITB Health, Safety and Environment test or carry a CIC Health and Safety Certification.

How to Get a CSCS White Card?

Here’s how you can get a CSCS White Card

  1.  Select the Right White CSCS Card for You

To figure out which CSCS White Card is right for you, just check out the requirements section above. Like, if you want the PQP card, you need to first join one of the CSCS-approved groups. So, go over the needs and see where you fit.

  2 .  Pass the CITB test

The CITB test is a must-do for any CSCS card. It doesn’t matter if you’re aiming for a PQP or AQP card, you must pass this test. For the White CSCS Card, you must book the CITB Health, Safety and Environment test for Managers and Professionals (MAP).

You can use the CSCS Card Finder to see which specific CSCS test you need. This test consists of multiple-choice questions and it’s valid for 2 years. Before you book, we suggest you go through these mock tests to prepare yourself for the real test.

3. Submit an Application

Any of the following works:

  1. Call CSCS on 0344 994 4777, (8am to 6pm, Monday to Friday), and apply over the phone.
  2. Apply online on the CSCS portal — sign up, log in, fill in the necessary details and apply for the card

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How Much Does the CSCS White Card Cost?

Applying for the CSCS White Card will cost you £36. You’ll have to pay another £22.50 to book the CITB test. If you want to know more about the CSCS card cost, check out this guide.

How to Renew the CSCS White Card?

If you’re holding a CSCS PQP Card, renewing it isn’t an option. You’ll need to apply for it all over again, just like the first time. But, if you’re an AQP holder, there’s a renewal process you can follow. 

You need to upload your expired card on the CSCS portal, and other details for you to renew your AQP card. Also, this CSCS card renewal guide would help.

CSCS White Card vs CSCS Black Card

The CSCS White Card is for those who might not have got an NVQ (National Vocational Qualification) but have an academic or professional qualification.

Simply put, the CSCS White Card is for those with schooling or work experience who didn’t do an NVQ. On the other hand, to get a CSCS Black Card, you need to complete an NVQ/SVQ.

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Can I apply for the CSCS White Card online?
You can apply for the CSCS White Card on the CSCS online portal. All you need to do is create an account, fill in your details and make a payment.

What is the CSCS White Card test?
The CSCS Test is a health and safety assessment that evaluates you on your understanding of health and safety principles on a construction site. For the CSCS White Card, you need to pass the CITB Managers and Professionals (MAP) test.

How much does the CSCS White Card cost?
The application and the CITB test fee combined cost 58.50 pounds. This includes a £22.50 fee for the CITB test and a £36 fee for the CSCS card application. This is exclusive of the academic qualification you will enrol on.


In this blog, we talked about what a CSCS White Card is and how you can get it. We also covered what documents you must produce to apply for a CSCS White card. Follow the three steps we talked about in this guide to get your card.

If you want to know about different CSCS card types, take a look at this guide.