Nov 02, 2023
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Temporary CSCS Cards enable you to work on construction sites as you work towards the qualifications necessary for your desired CSCS card.
Read this blog post to understand temporary CSCS cards, the available types, and what to do in case of card expiration.
A Red CSCS Card is a temporary card issued if you seek employment in the construction industry. The card is for temporary purposes while you work towards the qualifications necessary for your desired CSCS card.
The image below illustrates the five types of temporary CSCS cards, each with its specific set of requirements. For a more thorough understanding of these CSCS Red Cards, please refer to our blog, CSCS Red Card – Application, Types, and Cost (2023).
Before you start the application process for a temporary card, you must review the various types of temporary cards and determine your eligibility.
The CSCS Card Finder tool can simplify this process. By inputting your qualifications, the tool will guide you in identifying the card for which you meet the eligibility criteria.
You must provide proof of being registered for an apprenticeship. Proof can be provided in any of the following forms:
The next step is to book and successfully pass your CITB test. To understand the CITB test, its costs, and the booking process, we recommend reading our blog on the various types of CITB tests.
If you’re still unsure about the steps for booking your CITB test, even after reading our blog, there’s no need to worry. Hurak offers a convenient service to book your CITB test on your behalf. To utilise this service, click here.
Prepare for your CITB test try out a mock exam or download one of our test prep books.
You have two options for submitting your card application. The first is to apply online through the CSCS website by setting up an account, and the second is to contact CSCS at 0344 994 4777, where a CSCS representative will walk you through the application process over the phone. If you’re looking for a detailed, step-by-step guide to applying online, check out our blog, How to Get a CSCS Card after Passing the Test.
We suggest applying online, as it is generally the fastest way to obtain your CSCS card. By applying online, you can typically receive your card via mail within 3-5 working days.
Moreover, our service is available to assist with your CSCS card application. Click the image below to obtain further information or benefit from this service.
The application fee for all CSCS cards, including the temporary one, is £36. Additionally, there’s an extra cost of £22.50 for booking the CITB test.
For an in-depth comprehension of the various costs associated with acquiring a CSCS card, we recommend reading our blog on CSCS card price.
Red CSCS Cards are intended to be used as a temporary measure, so they each have different expiration dates based on how quickly you complete your training and get a permanent card.
To find out the validity duration for each temporary card, please review the table below.
Unlike other CSCS cards, the temporary card cannot be renewed. So, it is important to complete your qualification for your desired occupation before the card expires.
When your temporary card reaches its expiration, it’s advisable to initiate the process for an upgrade. Below, you’ll find a list of available options to consider:
Permanent CSCS Cards
This card is for site labourers
Skilled workers or experienced workers can get this card
This card is for supervisors or those with a specialist level skill set.
These cards are for management level roles on a construction site.
What colour CSCS card is the best?
The card that does the job for you is the best — if you want to become a labourer, the CSCS Green Card should be your first choice. If you’re a manager on a construction site, the CSCS Black Card is what you need.
What is a CSCS card for?
A CSCS card serves as proof to employers that you possess the necessary skills for a job associated with your CSCS card and a strong understanding of site safety practices.
Temporary CSCS Cards grant you access to construction sites while you pursue the qualifications required for your preferred CSCS card. To obtain a temporary CSCS card, you must successfully pass the relevant CITB test, which has a fee of £22.50, and then apply for your card online, with an application fee of £36. The card typically arrives within 3-5 working days.
If you want to know the eligibility requirements for CSCS Red Cards, consider reading this article.