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Construction safety and CSCS FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions

Here is a list of common questions that people ask us. If you can’t find what you’re looking for please email [email protected] or call us on +44 (0)20 8741 1231.

Q: What are the costs to deliver the ‘Level 1 Award in Health and Safety in a Construction Environment’ qualification?

A: The cost is probably not as high as you might think. The British Safety Council offers competitive prices, and prices are discounted when credits are purchased in bulk. If you wish to become an approved centre, a one-off fee applies. Details can be found here.

A one-off fee also applies if you wish to deliver a single qualification only. You can read more about the pricing here. [link to Level 1 Award in Health and Safety in a Construction Environment]

If you're looking to offer an exam, either online or on paper, the cost will vary depending on the number of candidates and the qualification in question.

Q: How long does it take to deliver the ‘Level 1 Award in Health and Safety in a Construction Environment’ qualification?

A: It will usually take between 1-5 days to deliver the 'Level 1 Award in Health and Safety in a Construction Environment' qualification.

The time will depend on the experience level of the learners involved.

Q: What are the benefits of providing this qualification via the British Safety Council rather than via other organisations?

A: The British Safety Council has a long and successful history of providing health and safety qualifications, and has a long-standing reputation for its work with Industries of Risk. Founded in 1957, the British Safety Council has been a government-regulated Awarding Organisation since 2004.

Our qualifications are delivered by over 700 approved centres, both across the UK and overseas. Our qualifications have all been developed in collaboration with industry experts, and have been designed to be relevant to the construction industry. A qualification from the British Safety Council is nationally recognised as a high standard of achievement.

Q: How are learners assessed?

A: Candidates for the qualification are assessed by completing either an online or a paper-based exam.

It consists of 40 multiple-choice questions, which will test candidates on their learning and lasts 60 minutes.

Q: What is the turnaround time for the certificates to be issued?

A: If a candidate chooses to take the exam online, the results will be available immediately. If the candidate has passed, a certificate is issued within two working days. If a candidate chooses to complete a paper-based examination, the results will be issued to the centre.

If the test is completed successfully, a certificate will follow by post within two working days.

Q: What is a CSCS Labourer Card (green card) and why is it required?

A: The Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS) is in place to provide proof that labourers working on construction sites have the required training and qualifications to undertake work. This is vital for maintaining high standards and safety protocols within the construction trade, and ensures that only qualified labourers can undertake construction work.

The Level 1 Health and Safety in a Construction Environment is recognised as one of the requirements towards obtaining the CSCS Labourer Card.

Q: How much does a CSCS Labourer Card (green card) cost?

A: A CSCS Labourer Card (green card) costs £30.00. This can be paid by debit or credit card, or by cheque.

You can pay directly to CSCS by calling them on 0344 994 4777.

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