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Health and Safety Testing

All applicants must meet SKILLcard’s health and safety requirements.
The ConstructionSkills Health, Safety and Environment Test is the principal means of satisfying the health and safety requirements of SKILLcard.  The test is designed to give everybody working on site a minimum level of health and safety awareness.  Some exceptions are permitted - see below.  SKILLcards issued on the basis of passing the ConstructionSkills Health, Safety and Environment Test are specially overprinted 'H&S Tested' in silver on the front of the card.

SKILLcard applications must be made within two years of meeting the health and safety requirements.

Test Type
The test you need to take is determined by the type of card you are applying for.  More information can be found on the occupations page of this website.
 

Colour of SKILLcard applied for

Which test to ask for

To identify this test you may need to refer to the following code when booking

Red (for new entrant site-based Adult Trainees), Green, Blue, Gold

 

One of the following depending on your occupation: 

HVACR Pipefitting/Welding (Industrial and Commercial)

PFW

HVACR Ductwork

DUCT

HVACR Refrigeration and Air Conditioning

RAAC

HVACR Domestic Heating and Plumbing Services

HAPS

Plumbing – Industrial and Commercial

JIB

HVACR Service and Facilities

SAF

Gold (Supervisory)

Supervisory

SPVR

Black (Managerial)

Managerial & Professional

MAP

Dark Green and White Construction Related Occupation (CRO); and Yellow Regular Site Visitors

Operative test

Operative

White ACRIB Refrigerant Handler (CRO)

HVACR Refrigeration and Air Conditioning

RAAC

 

Booking
To book the test, simply call the booking hotline on 0344 994 4488 or click here to book online.

The test costs £17.50.  A book containing guidance on the testing process and all the questions to help you prepare can be purchased seperately for £10.95, and a revision DVD including a simulated test for £12.42 Exc VAT.

Exemptions
If you have achieved a relevant NVQ/SVQ within the past two years and are applying for a SKILLcard for the first time, this may also satisfy the health and safety requirements of SKILLcard.  This is because the NVQ/SVQ contains a health and safety module.

You can also satisfy the health and safety requirements of SKILLcard if you have undertaken appropriate certificated health and safety training, provided such training was undertaken not more than two years before the date of your SKILLcard application, as indicated below:

For Operatives and Trainees/Apprentices:

  • Client Contractors National Safety Group (CCNSG) 2-day Safety Passport scheme course.

For Supervisory cards:

  • B&ES (the Building & Engineering Services Association, formerly the HVCA) health and safety awareness training courses:  Either Working Safely in Building Services plus Managing Safety in Building Services, Or Building Services Safety Management.  Note: Managing Safety in Building Services is aimed at those Supervisors who have already completed the Working Safely in Building Services course.  The Building Services Safety Management course is designed for experienced Supervisors (and involves some pre-course work and preparation).
  • CITB Supervisory Site Safety Training Scheme (SSSTS) course.

  • Client Contractors National Safety Group (CCNSG) 2-day Safety Passport scheme course.
  • National Examination Board of Occupational Safety and Health (NEBOSH) Construction Certificate (Note: not the general certificate as this is not construction oriented)
  • IOSH Managing Safely

For Management level cards:

  • B&ES health and safety awareness training courses:  Either Working Safely in Building Services plus Managing Safety in Building Services, Or Building Services Safety Management.  Note: Managing Safety in Building Services is aimed at those Supervisors who have already completed the Working Safely in Building Services course.  The Building Services Safety Management course is designed for experienced Supervisors (and involves some pre-course work and preparation).
  • CITB Site Management Safety Training Scheme (SMSTS) course.

  • Client Contractors National Safety Group (CCNSG) 2-day Safety Passport scheme course.
  • National Examination Board of Occupational Safety and Health (NEBOSH) Construction Certificate (Note: not the general certificate as this is not construction oriented)
  • IOSH Managing Safely