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June 20, 2022
June 20, 2022
Tax essentials

How to get a CSCS card

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Rachel
The Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS) is used to give proof of your construction skills and qualifications to work on a construction site. CSCS cards were introduced to improve standards in the UK construction industry.


The Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS) is used to give proof of your construction skills and qualifications to work on a construction site. CSCS cards were introduced to improve standards in the UK construction industry.

Do I need a CSCS card?

It’s not a legal requirement, but many larger contractors and major house builders require that subcontractors hold them to be able to work on their sites. Getting one is therefore a good idea to prevent restricting the jobs you can work on.

I don’t know how to get a CSCS card

Don’t worry, we’ve got your back! You can apply online to get a CSCS card.

Here’s what you will need close by when you apply:

Once ordered, most cards arrive within 3-5 working days via Royal Mail, although wait up to 10 days before contacting them as COVID-19 has affected the speed of deliveries.

Do I need an CSCS card to join the CIS?

No, you don’t need a CSCS card to join the Construction Industry Scheme. Whilst closely related, you can be part of one without the other.

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