Heritage CSCS Cards

 

CSCS cards are available for 370 different trades within the construction sector. CSCS cards help workers prove they have the qualifications and skills to do their job along with health, safety and environmental awareness. Types of card

The Facts

  • CSCS cards use NVQ levels as standards.
  • The cards for all construction related occupations at Level 3 are GOLD coloured.
  • All CSCS Cards at Level 3 are coloured gold. Heritage CSCS cards are GOLD because they are currently only available at Level 3 as there is currently only a Level 3 NVQ  Diploma available for Heritage Crafts. However, Level 2 pathways are in development and this may lead to Level 2 Heritage CSCS cards.
  • Applicants applying for the Heritage CSCS card will need to have sat (and passed!) the CITB Health, Safety and Environment test (Supervisory Level)  within the last two years. (This currently costs £17.50)
  • CSCS Heritage cards are valid for five years, then they must be renewed. An administrative fee of £30 applies for renewals.
  • Upon renewal of card, applicants will need to re-sit the CITB Health, Safety and Environment test before applying for the renewal.
  • An application form can be found here, further details available here www.cscs.uk.com.

Why Get the Card?

  1. Demonstrate the quality of your business offer by ensuring a skilled, qualified and certified workforce 
  2. Show property owners, professionals,  local authorities & prospective employees that you are serious about skills training and have an interest in the development of your team.
  3. In the future, heritage organisations such as English Heritage and the National Trust and funding bodies like Heritage Lottery Fund, may insist that only conservation craftsmen & builders will be allowed to tender for their projects..
  4. Better to have the Heritage CSCS card than not. The more relevant qualifications and certifications that you can achieve, the more evidence you have of your level of traditional building skills, expertise, knowledge and understanding.
  5. Ensure you are 'up to speed' on modern Health & Safety standards.

Crafts currently available for Heritage CSCS card: 

  • Bricklayer
  • Dry Stone Waller (Construction Related Operative)
  • Craft Mason
  • Stone Mason - Banker
  • Stone Mason - Fixer
  • Stone Mason - Banker/Fixer
  • Stone Mason - Granite and Marble
  • Stone Mason - Setter Out
  • Memorial Mason
  • Finisher
  • Painter & Decorator
  • Wall & Floor Tiler
  • Roof Slater & Tiler
  • Carpenter & Joiner
  • Earth Waller
  • Stone Carver
  • Plasterer - Fibrous
  • Plasterer - Solid
  • Specialist Leadworker
  • Hard Metal Roofer

Check out the CSCS website for Heritage L3 cards

Routes to getting a Heritage CSCS card:

  • Holders of a Level 3 (or equivalent) craft occupation and conservation qualification (e.g CITB Apprenticeship and William Morris Craft Fellowship Certification).
  • Holder of Heritage NVQ/Diploma at L3.

 

Heritage CSCS Card Holders

At present there is no list of people who are in possession of a HeritageCSCS Card. A craftsperson that holds a Heritage CSCS card will have obtained one either by being awarded an NVQ L3 Dioloma in a Heritage Skills Occuptation, or they have provided sufficient evidence to Construction Skills Certification Scheme through the Managed Industry Accreditation Scheme (Which is now closed, but ran from August 2008 until September 2010) which demonstrated that they have skills commensurate with those in line with the NVQ at Level 3 (A level equivalent). They may also have been able to apply for the card if they hold an advanced apprenticeship in addition to a conservation qualification which can include a craft fellowship.

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