Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS) and CIPHE

Of course, membership of the CIPHE provides reassurance to your customers that you are a qualified and capable professional. However, did you know that your membership can also inform those you work alongside of your capabilities? This can include helping you fast-track an application for a Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS) card, opening up opportunities and safeguarding colleagues and members of the public.

About the CSCS scheme

The CSCS is a skills certification scheme for use within the UK construction industry. CSCS cards provide reliable proof that individuals working on construction sites have the appropriate training and qualifications for the job they do.

By ensuring the workforce is appropriately qualified, the card plays its part in improving the standards and safety necessary for UK construction sites.

Holding a CSCS card is not a legislative requirement. It is entirely up to a site’s principal contractor or client whether workers are required to hold a card before they are allowed on site. However, most principal contractors and major house builders require construction workers on their sites to hold a valid card.

Applying for a CSCS card

Usually, the process for applying for a CSCS card means scanning a copy of your qualification certificate, or other proof you are registered to complete a recognised construction- related qualification relevant to your occupation.

However, if you are MCIPHE or FCIPHE through your CIPHE membership, you will qualify for the Professionally Qualified Person (PQP) Card. This card is valid for five years and can fast-track you through the application process as you do not need to provide the usual supporting evidence required.

Applying for a PQP card

To apply for a PQP card, you will need to supply proof of current membership of the CIPHE (as a Member or Fellow), by providing one of the following:

• Membership certificate (showing membership for the current calendar year).

• Membership card (both sides, confirming membership for current calendar year).

• Up-to-date letter or email from the professional body confirming membership for the current calendar year.

• Receipt of payment for membership for the current calendar year.

• Clearly dated screenshot showing your current membership, from your professional body’s website.

Membership must be retained for the five-year lifespan of the card and then it must be proven again for its renewal.

Health and safety

All applicants for a CSCS card must pass either the CITB Managers and Professionals Health, Safety and Environment Test or the CIC Health and Safety Test. You can find out more about these at and

Apply online

If you would like to use your CIPHE membership to apply for a CSCS card, you can find out more at

This also includes a step-by-step video guide and flow chart (see page opposite) to help you with the process.

The professional recognition that comes with the CSCS card is just one more way in which you can take advantage of the status awarded to you as a Member or Fellow of the CIPHE. To find out more, please contact:


To apply for a skilled level CSCS card, an applicant must hold a nationally recognised construction-related qualification, as follows:

National Vocational Qualifications (NVQs)

Cards available: Skilled card, Advanced Craft card, Supervisor card, Manager card


Cards available: Skilled card, Advanced Craft card

Professional Body Membership

Cards available: PQP card

Visit the CSCS website to find out what each type of card means:

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