Construction Skills Register

General, Skilled and Craft Cards

CSR provides cards for site visitors, apprentices, skilled operatives and craftsmen

Red Card - Apprentice

Applicants registered for an Apprenticeship will be eligible for this card. Applicants must complete the 1 day CSR Health and Safety Training and provide proof of registration on an Apprenticeship.

Renewal Requirement 

CSR 1 Day Health & Safety Training.

On achievement of NVQ Level 2, apprentices upgrade from a red card to a blue card.  Apprentices should upgrade to a gold card when NVQ Level 3 is achieved.

Red Card - Trainee

The trainee card is available to applicants with limited construction experience who are in the process of completing a construction related NVQ qualification.

Applicants must complete the 1 day CSR Health and Safety Training and provide proof of registration on an construction related NVQ qualification.

Renewal Requirement

The Trainee card cannot be renewed.

On achievement of NVQ Level 2, trainees should upgrade from a red card to a blue card.  Trainees should upgrade to a gold card when NVQ Level 3 is achieved.

Green Card - General Construction Operative - Withdrawn from 1 April 2019

From 1 April 2019, CSR no longer issues any new or renewal GCO cards.  For more information on the possible card options, please Click Here

Valid GCO cards continue to be accepted until their expiry date.

The green card is available to applicants who carry out basic site skills only. Applicants must complete the 1 day CSR Health and Safety Training and Occupational Assessment. 

The green card will also be issued to those operatives whose occupations do not fall under the remit of the Joint Council for the Building and Civil Engineering Industry (NI) and therefore no occupational assessment is available. In this instance applicants complete health and safety training only.

Renewal Requirement 

GCO cards can no longer be renewed.  For more information on the possible card options please click here

Green Card - Labourer - Available from 1 April 2019

This card is available to those engaged in a labouring occupation.  Applicants must complete the CSR 1 day Health & Safety Training and have an employer declaration completed confirming the applicant is working in a labouring occupation.

The card is valid for 4 years from the date of completion of the CSR 1 day Health & Safety Training.

Renewal Requirement

CSR 1 day Health & Safety Training

Blue Card - Skilled Construction Operative

The Blue Skilled Construction Operative card is available to applicants with experience on site. Applicants must complete the CSR 1 day Health and Safety Training and Occupational Assessment.

Please note the Occupational Assessment route is being withdrawn on 1 September 2019.

Renewal Requirement 

CSR 1 Day Health & Safety Training

Blue Card - Craft

The Blue Craft card is available to Craftsmen who have completed the CSR 1 day Health and Safety Training and NVQ Level 2 in a craft occupation or an occupational assessment based on NVQ 2 standards.

Please note the Occupational Assessment route is being withdrawn on 1 September 2019.

Renewal Requirement 

CSR 1 Day Health & Safety Training

Blue Card - Basic Scaffolder / System Scaffolder

Applicants must complete NVQ Level 2 ‘Accessing Operations and Rigging - Scaffolding’ and the CSR 1 day Health and Safety Training and the Scaffolder’s Touch Screen test. Occupational assessment is not available for scaffolding.

Renewal Requirement 

CSR 1 Day Health & Safety Training and Scaffolder Touch Screen Test

Gold Card - Craft

The Gold Craft card is available to Craftsmen who have completed the CSR 1 day Health and Safety Training and NVQ Level 3 in a construction related occupation or an occupational assessment based on NVQ 3 standards.

Please note the Occupational Assessment route is being withdrawn on 1 September 2019.

Renewal Requirement 

CSR 1 Day Health & Safety Training

Gold Card - Advanced Scaffolder

Applicants must complete NVQ Level 3 ‘Accessing Operations and Rigging - Scaffolding’ and the CSR 1 day Health and Safety Training and the Scaffolder’s Touch Screen test. Occupational assessment is not available for scaffolding.

Renewal Requirement 

N/A

White Card - Temporary

1. The white card is issued to applicants who do not have a National Insurance number. Applicants must complete the 1 day CSR Health and Safety Training and appropriate occupational assessment. This card is valid for one year and may be upgraded when the cardholder has received a valid NI Number.

2. The white card is also issued to applicants with no experience in the construction industry. Applicants must complete the 1 day CSR Health and Safety Training. This card is valid for one year and may be upgraded when the cardholder has completed an occupational assessment.

Renewal Requirement 

This card cannot be renewed

Yellow Card - Construction Site Visitor

The Visitor card is for those who frequently visit a construction site but do not carry out construction tasks on site. Applicants must complete the CSR 1 day Health and Safety Training.

Renewal Requirement 

CSR 1 Day Health & Safety Training