What is a CSCS qualification?
CSCS stands for Construction Skills Certification Scheme. Brought in to allow employers and contractors to be sure who has the qualifications they’re looking for when hiring in the construction industry. You can demonstrate this by holding a CSCS card. To qualify for your CSCS card you have to have one of a set number of qualifications that the scheme sees fit to qualify you for it. If you want to know more about what qualifications will suffice click here.
How long does it last?
There are a few different CSCS cards and so the answer to this question depends on the type of card you’re getting. However, on average most of the CSCS cards tend to last for 5 years before you would have to renew it.
What jobs can you expect to apply for?
When it comes to the construction industry there are many different avenues of employment open to you. From scaffolding, bricklaying, plastering, roofing, and much more. How having a CSCS card opens up your options is that more construction employers than ever before are only taking on contractors or employees who hold a valid CSCS card.
This is understandable for a few reasons. Firstly they have the assurance that the person they’re taking on has sufficient knowledge and has demonstrated competency in their chosen craft. This secondly also reduces their liability as an employer taking on someone who isn’t qualified for the job.
Jobs by CSCS Card Type
We are going to break down the type of jobs you can expect to apply for based on what CSCS card you have:-
Green – a card generally given to laborers. One of the key requirements being that you need to health and safety in a construction environment qualification.
Blue – a card you can expect to be given if you’re classed as a ‘Skilled Worker’. To gain one of these cards you will have needed a qualification at the equivalent of level 2.
Gold / Advanced Craft – when you’re a skilled worker but you have the equivalent to a level 3 qualification.
Gold / Supervisor – as the name suggests having a gold CSCS card allows opens the door for you to apply for a range of supervisory positions.
The short answer to this question overall is that having a CSCS opens the doors to a wide range of jobs in the construction industry at all levels depending on your qualification. And holding that CSCS card also provides employers with your proof of credibility and competence in whatever craft or skill you’ve chosen to pursue.
If you want to know more about what is involved in gaining your CSCS qualification and what opportunities await you beyond the course why not get in touch and find out everything you need to know today.
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