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How to Get a Gold Supervisory CSCS Card



If you are in a supervisory position within the construction industry, then the Gold Supervisory CSCS card provides proof of your competence to employers.

Here, we explain what you need to apply for a Gold Supervisory CSCS Card, how to apply, and the benefits it can offer you.

What is the Gold CSCS Card?

The Gold Supervisory CSCS card is issued by Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS) and is one of several different types of CSCS cards .

The CSCS has the aim of increasing safety on construction sites, and ensuring that people working in construction work to proper industry standards, carrying out their roles safely and effectively.

The CSCS card system recognises the competencies of card holders. The Gold Card applies to people at a supervisory level.

Which Trades Require a Gold CSCS Card?

Basically, if you are going to supervise workers within the construction industry, you will need a Gold Supervisory CSCS card.

CSCS cards are for construction-related occupations only, and you require a Gold Card to supervise a broad range of trades within construction, including:

  • Bricklaying
  • Carpentry and joinery
  • Roofing
  • Steel fixing and erecting
  • Steel 
  • Electrical installation
  • Plastering

How Long Does it Take to Get a Gold CSCS Card?

First, you need to take a relevant NVQ or SVQ course.

Once you have completed and passed your course, then you can apply for the Gold CSCS card.

NVQ courses vary in length, and some contain both mandatory and optional units, which will make a difference to how long it takes you to complete your chosen course.

Typically, a supervisory NVQ takes around six to nine months to complete and includes an onsite assessment visit.

What Qualifications Do You Need for a Gold CSCS Card?

There are two main types of qualification you need to apply for a Gold Supervisor CSCS card.

But, if you have already achieved the Level 3 or Level 4 NVQ, within the last two years, then you do not need to take the CITB HS&E test.

This is because the NVQ covers the essential health and safety elements that are in the HS&E test.

What are the Benefits of the Gold CSCS Card?

Because the aim of CSCS is to drive up and maintain industry standards, employers and managers are looking for construction workers who have achieved these recognised qualifications.

Even if you are already an experienced supervisor working in the construction industry, without the Gold Supervisory CSCS card, you cannot demonstrate you have a nationally recognised level of competence in your role.

Gaining a Gold CSCS card is going to provide far more career opportunities for you, and help you compete more effectively on the job front.

Plus, all employers in construction must comply with Construction Design and Management (CDM) Regulations 2015, which means they must ensure that all workers have the correct level of skills, knowledge and experience.

Therefore, you are unlikely to be able to work on most sites without a relevant and valid CSCS card.

How Do You Apply for a Gold CSCS Card?

You can apply for your Gold CSCS card directly to CSCS. The recommended route to do this is to apply online.

You will need a copy of your qualification certificate, showing you have passed the relevant courses and the test ID number of your CITB Health, Safety & Environment test.

How much does this all cost?

There is no industry standard of pricing as it all depends on the NVQ you undertake and the company you choose. To find out about the price of NVQs with SB Skills Solutions, give us a call on 01695 558 420.

The Health, Safety and Environment test for operatives will cost you £21 through Pearson Vue and the card application fee is £36.

How Do You Renew Your Gold CSCS Card?

The Gold Supervisory CSCS Card is valid for five years. You must renew this card after five years if you want to continue using it.

You can do this by applying online to CSCS. When you renew, you must be able to prove you have the qualifications that match the card’s requirements. The good news is that NVQs do not expire, so if you have these qualifications, they are for life.


Ringway to replace Kier on Surrey roads deal worth up to £2.5bn




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Cabinet Member for Transport and Infrastructure, Matt Furniss said: “Ringway will work with SCC to invest £200m in Surrey’s highways over the next five years which will see improvements to approximately 350 miles of road and 180 miles of pavements. This will include the development and adoption of innovative materials, construction techniques and ways of working.

“I would like to thank Kier Highways Limited who have successfully delivered highways activities on behalf of the Council over the past eleven years.  We will work with them to ensure a smooth transition that doesn’t detrimentally affect services for residents.”

Mike Notman, Ringway Managing Director added: “We are very much looking forward to working with local people, partners and communities, ensuring that Surrey’s roads deliver connectivity and accessibility benefits for local people, as well as supporting the council’s climate change ambitions.”

The contract was awarded following a 12-month procurement process which saw seven organisations initially submit expressions of interest for the contract and Amey, Kier and Ringway make the shortlist.

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John Nicolson takes aim at Newcastle Supporters over Saudi takeover




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The SNP culture spokesperson criticised some sections of fans for being “numpties dancing around in cod-Arabic dresses outside Newcastle United” after the takeover, and for the “enormous abuse” journalists received when reporting on Saudi Arabia’s human rights record.

Nicolson claimed “there was nobody who could have taken over that club, no matter the level of evil of the person… that would have resulted in anything other than celebration for large numbers of these Newcastle United supporters.”

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BFT boosts fleet with new mastclimbers




The new BFT120 Mastclimbing machines can reach heights of 130m with a total platform length of 30m when in a twin mast configuration.

The standard platform is 1.1m wide with a max SWL capacity of 3,700kg making it very versatile and suitable for many different construction projects.

BFT has around 600 of this machine type making up around one third of the fleet.

The new machines are all sourced from European manufacturers that BFT has held longstanding relationships with and come complete with CE certification and full service records available throughout their life.

BFT said: “It is important to note that these high quality machines meet all UK construction safety standards and we would actively encourage contractors to book a visit to our health and safety and maintenance facilities to see for themselves how this will benefit their projects.

“By keeping the machines maintained via rigorous safety checks both on site and back in our new manitenance facilities we are proud of our safety record and look forward to having more brand new machines out on sites in 2022.

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