Types Of Official CSCS Cards From the Construction Skills Certification Scheme

Types of cards

CSCS issue a number of cards which reflect the different occupations and qualifications in construction.


The Labourer card is for those carrying out labouring duties on site.


The Apprentice card is for those on a recognised apprenticeship and is issued free of charge.

Experienced Technical, Supervisor or Manager

This card is available specifically to Supervisors, Managers and Technical Workers with on-the-job experience.

Experienced Worker

This temporary card is available specifically for workers with on the job experience registered to a complete a Construction Related NVQ or SVQ Level 2 or higher.

Trainee Card

The Trainee card is for trainees registered to complete a construction related qualification.

Industry Placement Card

This temporary card is for those undergoing a construction-related qualification or training programme requiring the completion of a minimum 30 day work placement, such as T-Levels or Trainee Skills Development Programmes.

Blue Skilled Worker

The Blue Skilled Worker card is for those who have achieved a construction related NVQ or SVQ level 2 or an apprenticeship, such as an Employer sponsored apprenticeship, a City and Guilds of London Institute Craft Certificate or a CSCS Approved Trailblazer.

Gold Skilled Worker

The Gold Skilled Worker cards is for those who have achieved a Construction Related NVQ or SVQ level 3, completed an indentured apprenticeship or an employer sponsored apprenticeship which included the achievement of a City and Guilds of London Institute Advanced Craft Certificate.


The Supervisory card is available for supervisor and technical occupations.


This card is available to managers and those in technical occupations.

Academically Qualified Person

The AQP card is for those who have completed certain construction related degrees, HNDs, HNCs, CIOB Certificates and NEBOSH diplomas.

Professionally Qualified Person

The PQP card is available to competence-assessed members of CSCS-approved professional bodies.

Provisional (temporary only)

The Provisional card is for those working through probationary periods while employers assess their suitability for employment.