Renew, replace or update your SKILLcard

In many cases, your SKILLcard is your licence to work. Many employers ask for it, so it’s more important than ever to keep your card up to date.

If you would like to renew your card:

Renewing your SKILLcard is quick and easy. We will send out a renewal pack when your card is around 10 weeks from expiry, containing all the information you need. Then you simply need to follow the steps below:

  1. Pass the relevant Health, Safety and Environment test. You can book a test online, or through the booking hotline on 0344 994 4488 (lines are open Monday-Friday 8:00 – 18:00). You will need to have to hand:

a. your full name, address, date of birth and National Insurance number

b. details of which test you would like to book. Always quote the test code from the table below. The test costs £21.00. 

Colour of SKILLcard applied for

Which test to ask for

Booking Code

Red (for new-entrant site-based adult trainees), green, blue or gold.


One of the following tests (dependent on your occupation):

HVACR Pipefitting/welding (industrial and commercial)


HVACR Ductwork


HVACR Refrigeration and air conditioning


HVACR Domestic heating and plumbing services


Plumbing – industrial and commercial


HVACR Service and facilities


Gold (supervisory)



Black (managerial)

Managerial & professional


White Construction Related Occupation (CRO) and yellow regular site visitors

CITB Health, Safety and Environment test

CITB Health, Safety and Environment test

White ACRIB Refrigerant Handler (CRO)

HVACR Refrigeration and air conditioning



  1. Complete the renewal form included in your renewal pack. Remember to include a photo, complete all sections of the form and enclose your card fee of £40.00 (Trainee cards are free of charge). Then simply return everything to us in the reply paid envelope we will send you.

You can also download a copy of the renewal form here.

If you would like to replace a lost or stolen card:

All you need to do is complete a replacement SKILLcard form, which you can download here . The fee to replace your SKILLcard is £40.00.

If you would like to update an existing SKILLcard:

If you would like to update your card with a newly completed qualification or course, you will need to send us a copy of your certificate by email or post. We will update your SKILLcard electronically at no cost. The new information will then be added to the information held by the card's chip when it is next read.

If you wish to replace your SKILLcard and have the updated qualification or course appear in writing on the back of your card, you will need to complete an upgrade/update application form (download one here), then return it to us with the appropriate fee.

If you would like to renew your ACRIB SKILLcard:

All you need to do is complete an ACRIB renewal form, which you can download here. The fee to renew your card is £40.00.



occupations available

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how to apply

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