Tuesday, 25 February 2014

Why is a CSCS Card so important?

The CSCS (Construction Skills Certification Scheme) Card  is an essential card for all the people who work in the construction industry.  The reason it is  mandatory is because it provides a proof of an individual being fully aware of the health and safety implications of working on a Construction site. Not only that, the level of CSCS Card that a particular individual holds, also gives employers an indication to the level of qualifications an individual has and their level of competence in their particular field. The higher the level of CSCS Card an individual has the more job prospects they are likely to achieve. The qualifications that are most popular in the construction industry are Construction NVQ's (National Vocational Qualifications). 

A CSCS Card can only be gained by passing the appropriate CSCS Test. This test comprises of 50 multiple choice questions and has a duration of 45 minutes. The test is all about health and safety on site. However, all construction trades differ and the risk of working on site will differ from one site to another. Therefore , it is important that an individual takes the correct CSCS test depending upon their current job description and level of responsibility i.e may be a manager or supervisor. 

Overall the importance of a CSCS is not only mandatory from a legal point of view but also can increase chances of job prospects for an individual.

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