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
- Specialist Work at Height
- Plumbing or Gas
- Lifts and Escalators
- 6 various HVACR tests including DUCTS, HAPS and PFW
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.
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.