The Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS) is a competence scheme for those who work in any form of construction or work in any capacity on a construction site. The CSCS card aims to reduce accidents and improve quality on large construction sites. Architects, site supervisors, electricians…even burger van vendors all have to brandish their CSCS card upon request whilst working on construction sites.
To apply for a CSCS card you must demonstrate your occupational competence and, in most cases, you must pass the CITB Health Safety and Environment Test within the previous two years.
The type of test you need to take depends on which card you are applying for.
The aim of the test is to examine knowledge across a wide range of topics to improve safety and productivity on site. It is usually taken as a PC-based touch screen test at either a mobile testing unit or an accredited test centre. With the exception of the exemptions described below, everyone applying for a CSCS card must pass the appropriate health and safety test as well as prove their competence in the required way for the card they are applying for.
From April 2012 all applicants have to sit the Health, Safety and Environment test. Statistics show that the pass rate for people who take the Health, Safety and Environment test without any form of revision is around 40%. This increases to around 90% for those who revise.
This short course has been designed to help learners revise for your Health, Safety and Environment test. You will be asked to answer 50 questions based on the knowledge section of the Health, Safety and Environment test. The revision questions are pulled at random from a large bank. This means that you are likely to be asked different questions each time to undertake the revision test. You will be given immediate feedback on whether you have got the answer correct. You can revisit the revision test whenever you wish.
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