The Most Common Certificates & Qualifications Required For Construction
There are many very useful qualifications and certificates required to work within the construction sector as follows:
Why you need it – Most employers will require that a construction worker has a CSCS card.
Jobs you need it for – Almost every construction job where you work on a site requires a CSCS card.
How long it lasts – Most CSCS cards are valid for 2-5 years.
How to get it – Go to the CSCS website and complete the steps listed:
For a labourer without a health & safety qualification, the easiest way to get a CSCS is by completing the Health & Safety Test.
Cost – A CSCS card itself costs £36 and the CITB health & safety test costs £21
Why you need it – The CPCS scheme shows that you have the skills to operate relevant machinery. It also shows that you have a health and safety awareness of the machinery you are operating.
Jobs you need it for – Most plant operators require a CPCS card, including:
How long it lasts – The CPCS blue card lasts for 2 year and is non-renewable. The CPCS red card lasts for 5 years and is renewable.
How to get it – There are two types of CPCS card; a red and a blue one. The red card shows that you are a trained operator, and the blue card shows that you are a competent operator.
For the red card you need to:
For the blue card you need to:
Cost – The cost depends on what card you have, what machinery it is for, and what test center you go to. You can expect to pay anywhere in the region of £500-£2000.
Why you need it – The SMSTS certificate shows that you have knowledge of health and safety practices, CDM regulations, risk assessment, and other construction practices.
Jobs you need it for – Main jobs requiring SMSTS are:
How long it lasts – The certificate lasts for 5 years.
How to get it – The course can be booked on the CITB website. It can be taken in a 5 day block, or one day a week over 5 weeks.
Cost – From £615
Why you need it – First aider’s are needed in all construction sites.
Jobs you need it for – This certificate is required mainly for managers.
The main job titles where this is required are:
How long it lasts – 3 years.
How to get it – The easiest way to get the first aid at work qualification is to do the 3 day St John Ambulance course. This can be booked online.
Cost – The course costs between £250-£350.
Why you need it – Anyone who works in an environment where asbestos is present is legally required to have asbestos training
Jobs you need it for – Any job where you will be working on a building built before the year 2000.
Examples of these occupations are:
How long it lasts – Most courses do not carry an expiry date, however an employer may require you to take one every 12 months.
How to get it – The UKATA has a list of training providers on their website. This course may be done online.
Cost – £0-£25
Why you need it – The SSSTS course is will help you in understanding health and safety, what is expected of a supervisor, and teach construction best practices.
Jobs you need it for – Most jobs where you have supervisory responsibilities, such as:
How long it lasts – 5 years
How to get it – The course can be booked on the CITB website. It will take 2 days to complete.
Cost – The course normally costs £300-£400
Why you need it – The ECS card shows that you meet a health & safety standard in the electro-technical industry.
Jobs you need it for – The main job that the ECS is required for is and Electrician, as well as anyone else working in the electro-technical industry.
How long it lasts – 18 months – 3 years depending on the type of card
How to get it – You can apply for the card online at the ECS website. You’re usually requires to have a BS7671 qualification, health & safety certificate, and sometimes an NVQ.
Cost – £48-£60 depending on the method of application