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CSCS Card Test – Basic Health and Safety Training for the Construction Industry
Posted by David Cant on March 26, 2012

The new CSCS card tests has been updated to include some of the important changes which have been introduced for 2012. The CSCS tests have been created to ensure that the Health and Safety standards in the construction industry are maintained and improved in order to reduce the dangers found in this industry.  In order to be awarded a card that proves you have studied basic health and safety for the construction industry you need to train towards and pass one of the tests available.

Qualifying for a CSCS Card

By taking the Health, Safety and Environmental CSCS test you are able to show that you have the minimum level of skills in health and safety and have a good knowledge of environmental awareness before setting foot on any site.  There are many different types of CSCS tests available, each designed for a certain trade or profession, so choosing the best one for you is vital. Current tests that are available include the management and professionals tests as well as the operative tests. There are specialists tests include:

  • Highway Works
  • Supervisory
  • Specialist Work at Height
  • Demolition
  • Plumbing or Gas
  • Lifts and Escalators
  • 6 various HVACR tests including DUCTS, HAPS and PFW
  • Tunnelling

What to Expect from the Health, Safety & Environmental CSCS Card Tests

Each of the CSCS Card tests have a set price and last for a total of 45 minutes. You will be given 50 multiple choice questions to answer which include 12 questions based on a behavioural case study which covers how to conduct yourself on a construction site to stay healthy and safe followed by 38 questions testing your knowledge of environmental issues and health and safety.

Behavioural and Knowledge Questions

Each test will give you three behavioural case studies and all of the case studies have four questions linked to them. The case studies follow the fictional progression of a person as they work in the construction industry. The knowledge questions are based on the British legislation and they cover the 16 core areas that are found in all of the CSCS card tests.

Specialist Testing

If you are going to be sitting a specialist test you will have an additional set of six knowledge questions to answer. This brings the total amount of questions to 38 in the knowledge section.

The new 2012 tests which have been introduced now include:

  • Behavioural case studies
  • Knowledge questions covering respiratory risks and environment
  • A tunnelling specialist test
  • Brand new question selection structure

If you are interested in sitting for your CSCS card test contact one of our advisors directly, call 0800 1488 677 today.


David Cant is a Chartered Safety and Health Practitioner extraordinaire. He has a wealth of Industry experience and is the MD of Veritas Consulting. David also Blogs about Health and Safety here Health and Safety Consultants

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  1. tomas
    April 24, 2012 at 1:41 pm

    hi! my name is i was for cscs test was pass.but problem i booking basic.when i testin 12 questions been specilist(Behavioural case studies).i cant find this in new book.where is it? you can said which page i have read? thanks!

  2. May 24, 2012 at 9:07 am

    Dear sir/madam,

    Ref:my operative test held last Saturday on 19 May 2012

    Always my feeling about missunderstandings and hunches to behold justified.
    I had a conversation by email lastFriday ,with one lady from constructionconstruction support line.
    I mean just one day before the exam,clearly reffering to chapters that must be learned to pass the exam for Operatives only CSCS card,to renew it.
    I spend five years on the Construction industry and of course Saturday I felt discrimination aganist my race.
    With new book 2012 ,it justifies exactly what that lady told me to read and study sections:
    Legal and Management
    Health and Welfare
    General Safety
    High risk Activities
    And last one Environment
    And Saturday I FAIL the test because of Behavioural case studies questions which are not mentioned in the new Book,or any other CSCS book…..
    Why this humiliation?when very well these questions should be public written in manual that I paid for.very simple.
    Manual examination with course booking cost me nearly 60 pounds,was about 58 ,however questions from the beginning had nothing to do with reality(ref:Behavioural case studies)and I knew that the sequence of over 10 questions will be difficult,because I did not read the questions in my book.
    My examination was set to 50 minutes also instead 45 minutes,of course my problem is really frustration,that’s why I feel.
    I would like everyone to be treat equal especially in this field when I do know enough about health and safety matters .
    I do have to work to pay the charity also,and I am stuck because I cannot work without CSCS card……………Of course I was always pay quite unremitting attention to details and read properly the book ………..CSCS book should not be bedecked with such secrecy,if such information is not published to be known…………
    any kind of bussiness must involve survey and see how people feel,working hard for every penny,and also to be involved with charities because of money,however no work no charities to pay………it’s not fair……..all kind of discrimination against people ,because someone made new rules with Behavioural case studies,charging people without playing with the cards on the table……….

    Yours sincerely,


    • May 28, 2012 at 1:22 pm

      Further to your comments regarding your CSCS Test.

      I can understand your disappointment and frustration if you had not been given the correct advice by the company you booked your CSCS test with.

      You must have overlooked page 2 in the new CSCS Book where it mentions “Behavioural case studies questions” the questions are based on the principles established in the film Setting Out – what you should expect from a site and what they expect from you..The transcript from this film is provided at the back of the book from page 216, again mentioned in the new book on page 3.

      Our records show that you didn’t book your CSCS test with ourselves..if you would like to re-book your CSCS Test please click here Book a CSCS Test or if you prefer please call the helpline 0800 1488 677.

      • Steve
        September 6, 2012 at 11:43 am

        I would like to comment on the behaviour case studies in the test as 1 of the questions asks as a visitor walking through a site you notice that the carpenters work area is untidy the two main options are tell the person to keep his area clean or tell the site manager and make a visitors report the answer being tell the person to keep it tidy you would not go in to any environment and tell an individual to keep their area clean would you you would inform their manager? yet another government tax, understand you need a safe area of work but not by a visitor to a site can you imagine common sense should prevail somewhere and one of the questions I answered is different from the citb book let alone the type o’s

    • Dave
      June 18, 2012 at 5:37 am

      I can’t see anything racist there, apart for the fact you are using it as an excuse, I’m sure everybody is treated equally, and you should in no way complain about being given an extra 5 mins when normally it is 45, if anything you are lucky and they were biased.

  3. Dorel
    March 21, 2013 at 2:44 pm

    Hi there, i have the same problem with this test, beacouse i didn’t now that i will have 12 question about Behavioural case studies and i fail my test, i didn’t find any answers in your film Setting out….. and i think this 12 question is for that, to FAIL the TEST!!! and make as to buy all your revising materials…..

    • johnmooney
      June 19, 2013 at 8:26 pm

      i too failed my test because on the dvd the behavioural case study questions were nothing the same as dvd ones

  4. Deaf
    August 7, 2013 at 11:02 pm

    As deaf man after having a diploma in carpentry I failed CSCS test… 5 T-I-M-E-S that I believe the test is making falsely on Behavioural case with MESS-ing questions or SAME questions play me be FOOL in doing answers with confusion and so plus NO showing the results with right and wrong answers during my work on answers in Behavioural case. I sent complaints about problem with Behavioural case study for dead as disabled person to CITB office 3 times and NO any RESPONCE because of their misunderstanding and ignorance in CSCS revision for preraring disabled people looking for a job with having CSCS card. I am sure all companies making money’s business in CSCS tests want a lot of people fail and waste their money + time for studying Health, Safety & Environment. CITB doesn’t have their wisdom how to help people and ready workers in construction with difficult mental understanding in English as Behavioural case without full explanation and doesn’t know what to do more materials and include quick-witted information in books and video. I “studied” book and video and there is a POOR LACK of revision in case for behaviour methods. *In Russia my friends work in different construction and large workshops without CSCS card and wonder why British Government needs people to have CSCS cards and believe Britain is small country doing NO jobs for people and too me.

  5. l
    May 27, 2015 at 8:58 am

    like all above i failed my case studies … twice… its embarrassing as i keep passing the actual important questions … by 100% .. i asked CITB what can i revise as i pass everything online, DVD, iPhone app etc, but when it comes to the real case studies i fail. case studies shouldn’t be a pass or fail, they should advise you that you need to read X,Y,Z. its only to see what you would do in that situation, in real life you would know what to do. OR give you case studies to read up on not a youtube clip that doesn’t reassemble the questions being asked in a real test. i guess it is what it is… money making scheme ..

    September 7, 2015 at 2:42 pm

    Savvy comments – I was fascinated by the information – Does anyone know if I can get access to a fillable 2005 HHS-729 copy to use ?

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