One of the most recurring questions among new applicants is; what does an CSCS card cost? There are several factors that are to be put into consideration while attempting to answer it. These factors revolve around; the cost of the card itself, additional costs like the all applicable tests fees, administration fee and so forth.
For starters, the cost of the card at face value is £30. This cost is normally 20% VAT inclusive.
Other factors that are likely to compound the cost include the cost of the mandatory Health, Safety and Environment Test, which is approximately £22.5. This includes the £5 administration cost. This will bring the total of obtaining the CSCS card cost to £52.50.
Incase the candidate who is eligible to sit for this particular test session is not employed, there are available options for funding for such cases.
Third party input
There are situations where one relies on the input of third party companies in order to acquire the CSCS card. In this particular scenario, the said company will go along way in guiding an individual when filling out the CSCS card application form. It will also ensure that one gets equipped with the necessary tips for sitting and passing the exam. This service is however offered at a fee, which will obviously impact on your card acquisition budget.
The type of service accorded includes the availing of materials such as revision materials and study guides; which aptly prepares a candidate to sit the test. Using of these materials also gives one a very probable chance of passing the exam. Other companies will charge a booking fee for their services to individuals, for enabling one to book the tests with them. The bottom line is, before taking the option of companies who provide the service at a fee; ensure that their pricing is satisfactory to you before engaging their services.
Black and Gold CSCS cards
The aforementioned categories require the sitting and passing of a set of different tests as the professionals holding them need to have extra qualifications. The CSCS gold cards are meant for individuals who work in the construction site as supervisors while the black CSCS cards are held by the construction site managers.
There also exists the option of profiling route. This whereby highly competent construction site managers or supervisors; get the opportunity to acquire their respective gold and black CSCS cards while omitting the NVQ step.
This process will involve the filling of evidence sheets by the site managers and supervisors in question. Details are filled in respect of the specific duties that are undertaken at work being compared against the known guidelines of competencies as per the National Occupational Standards.
NVQ vs. Non-NVQ routes
Profiled Non-NVQ route is in availed to candidates who bear gold CSCS cards in respect of construction site supervisors, and those who have Black CSCS cards in respect to site managers. For new managers and supervisors whose competencies do not quite add up, they are better off pursuing the NVQ or SVQ options.
The following table represents two groups of professionals; what it takes for them to attain their respective profiled qualifications and the cost attached to their cards.
|ROUTE||ON SITE ASSESSMENT||TIME TAKEN||COST|
|NVQ route||Candidate will have to be visited on site||Assessment process will cover a period of at least 3-6 months||The charges range from between £1800-£2600.|
|Profiled Non-NVQ route||Candidates will not need to be visited on the construction site. What it takes is the filling of the evidence sheet at their own convenience||The period taken is normally two weeks.||This will attract a fixed cost of £699.|
The introduction and usage of the CSCS card has brought with it a host of benefits including; enhanced safety measures at the construction site, competent professionals who are confident to display their skills at work, things became easier on construction firms as far as the hiring process is concerned among many other advantages.
Therefore the importance of acquiring a CSCS card cannot be understated. The challenge now comes with identifying the most appropriate way to get it without having to dig too deep in your pocket. As it is there are many providers who will come up with all manner of solutions, bearing differing costs.
The most important thing at this point is to go for accredited providers, who will guide you every step of the way; the booking of test process, provision of revision materials, to the point of actually getting the card itself. All this should be within the recommended cost bracket and with no hidden charges attached.