Construction Skills Certification Scheme

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INFORMATION OVERVIEW

Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS) ________________________________________________________________________________

ABOUT

The Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS) provides for the training, assessment, certification and registration of non-craft operatives within the construction sector. The Construction Skills Certification Scheme was developed following detailed consultation with the social partners (Construction Industry Federation and ICTU), the Health and Safety Authority and specialist working groups. The consultation focused on identifying the training needs and occupational standards required for a range of occupations in the construction sector.

The aim of the CSCS is to enable participants to apply the skills and knowledge that are associated with their occupations in the construction sector.

LEGISLATION

Information on CSCS is provided under Schedule 5 of the Safety, Health & Welfare at Work (Construction) Regulations 2013. This schedule provides the list of the occupations which are covered under the Construction Skills Certification Scheme, click here for occupations.

Individuals working in construction in any of the occupations listed in Schedule 5 of the Construction Regulations are LEGALLY REQUIRED to be in possession of a current SOLAS CSCS Registration Card.

ELIGIBILITY

Applicants must satisfy the candidate profile for the skills category for which they are seeking a SOLAS Registration Card. Further information may be obtained from CSCS Approved Training Organisations (ATOs), click here for list of ATOs.

Operators, who successfully complete a CSCS training and assessment programme, are awarded QQI Certification and are issued with a CSCS Registration Card. Operators may add further categories to their cards by successfully completing additional programmes. For single-skill category registration cards the card is valid for five years from the date the card is issued.  For registration cards with two or more skill categories listed the card is valid for 5 years from the most recent renewal date for all skill categories documented on the card or if a new skill category is being added.

RECOGNITION OF QUALIFICATIONS

SOLAS, through its Construction Services Unit (Operations Section) has a system in place for the recognition of qualifications of citizens of EU Member States wishing to operate in the construction sector in the Republic of Ireland.  The process is governed by S.1.No.139 of 2008 - Recognition of Professional Qualifications (Directive 2005/36/EC) Regulations, 2008. 

The recognition process only applies to the regulated occupations contained in Schedule 5 of S.I.No.291 of 2013 - Safety, Health and Welfare at Work (Construction) Regulations 2013.

CPCS UK EXPERIENCED PLANT OPERATOR CARD HOLDERS APPLYING FOR A SOLAS CSCS PLANT CARD

SOLAS and the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) have an agreement in place to facilitate people who hold a valid blue CPCS Plant Operator's Card to acquire an equivalent SOLAS CSCS Plant Operator Card in the same category.

To avail of this arrangement Applicants must:-

  • hold a valid blue CPCS Plant Registration Card;
  • have met all the CPCS entry requirements including NVQ/SVQ certification;
  • hold a valid SOLAS Safe Pass Registration Card.

To apply for a SOLAS CSCS Card Applicants are required to:-

  1. complete the SOLAS F1/4 Application Form click here
  2. attach a current and signed passport photograph;
  3. attach a colour copy (front and back) of your current in-date SOLAS Safe Pass Registration Card and CPCS Competent Operator Card;
  4. attach either Euro (€) Postal Order or Bank Draft for €25 made payable to SOLAS.
    Please note SOLAS will not accept cash payments.
  5. send the completed Application Form and all attachments to:-

    CPCS,
    PO BOX 320,
    Bircham Newton,
    Kings Lynn,
    Norfolk PE31 6WD


SOLAS CSCS EXPERIENCED PLANT OPERATOR CARD HOLDERS APPLYING FOR A CPCS UK CARD


The CPCS requirements for SOLAS CSCS plant operator cardholders who wish to gain a blue CPCS plant operator registration card are as follows:-

  • applicants must be in possession of a valid SOLAS CSCS Registration Card for the relevant category;
  • applicants must complete the CPCS Skills and Experience Interview for each category;
  • applicants must complete the CPCS Theory Test for each category;
  • applicants must have successfully completed the Construction Skills Health, Safety and Environment test within the last two years.  This test is available at the Mount Lucas Facility.

The CPCS theory test and CPCS Skills and Experience interview are available at the Mount Lucas Training Facility. For further information and booking form please contact:

Mount Lucas Construction Training Facility,
Mount Lucas,
Daingean,
Co. Offaly
Phone: (01) 533 2552

CSCS COURSE PARTICIPANT FEE

Each Approved Training Organisation (ATO) charges a participant fee for attendance on a CSCS training programme. The participant fee covers the cost of the training programme and also includes a charge for QQI certification and for the administration of the CSCS Registration Card by SOLAS. For further information on course fees please check with your chosen ATO, click here for the list of Approved Training Organisations.

NEW ENTRANTS - PLANT OPERATOR

The CSCS New Entrant Plant Operator course is an introduction course for new entrants. The course introduces the participant to good practices and provides an opportunity for participants to become familiar with the particular item of plant they intend to operate. The course is delivered over three days by CSCS Approved Training Organisations. Completion of the New Entrant course does not replace the requirement to have a minimum of six months experience as a trainee.

On successful completion of the new entrant course, participants receive a SOLAS CSCS Trainee Registration Card with an expiry date of two years from the date of the course. This two year period is to enable participants acquire a minimum of six months experience as a trainee operator. For further information you should contact one of the CSCS Approved Training Organisations, click here for the list of ATOs.

ISSUING OF CSCS REGISTRATION CARDS

First Issue of CSCS Registration Card:-
SOLAS processes your CSCS Registration Card when, on completion of your training, your QQI certification is approved and your Approved Training Organisation (ATO) submits your application form along with the fee payable to SOLAS for the administration of the CSCS Registration Card. SOLAS will then co-ordinate arrangements for the designated printing company to issue your CSCS Registration Card directly to your ATO. It is the responsibility of the Approved Training Organisation (ATO) to issue you with your CSCS Registration Card.

Renewal of CSCS Registration Card:-
Experienced Operator Cards must be renewed every five (5) years to ensure that the photograph of the card holder is current.  Applicants can apply for a renewal card by submitting the completed Renewal Form, a current passport sized photograph (signed on the reverse) and a postal order or bank draft for the appropriate administration fee made payable to SOLAS (see below for Card Fee Structure), click here for CSCS Renewal Form.

CSCS Registration Cards which are being renewed are sent by the printing company directly to the individual requesting the registration card. Renewal cards are generally issued within 2-3 weeks of receipt of fully completed Renewal Form and correct payment.


Replacement of CSCS Registration Card:-

If your card has been lost, stolen or damaged you can apply for a replacement card by submitting the relevant Replacement Card Form, a current passport sized photograph (signed on the reverse) and a postal order or bank draft for the appropriate administration fee made payable to SOLAS (see below for Card Fee Structure), click for CSCS Replacement Form.

CSCS Registration Cards which are being replaced are sent by the printing company directly to the individual requesting the registration card. Replacement cards are generally issued within 2-3 weeks of receipt of the fully completed Replacement Form and correct payment.

CARD ADMINISTRATION FEE STRUCTURE

The Construction Skills Certification Scheme is divided into eight categories. Each category is assigned a separate Registration Card.  Each Registration Card carries an administration fee of €25. For example, if you tick just one or several skills under the Plant Category the card administration fee is €25. However, if you tick Site Dumper in the Plant Category and Scaffolding Basic in the Scaffolding Category the card administration fee is €50.

CSCS Plant Card   €25 ​ ​ ​
180° Excavator Telescopic Handler Tractor/Dozer Mobile Crane
360° Excavator Slinger/Signaller Articulated Dumper Crawler Crane
Mini Excavator Self Erect Tower Crane Site Dumper Tower Crane
CSCS Roofing Card   €25 ​ ​ ​
Roof and Wall Sheeting/Cladding ​ Built-Up Roof Felting - Bituminous ​
Built-Up Roof Felting  - Single Ply Roofing Systems ​   ​
CSCS Scaffolding Card   €25 ​ ​ ​
Scaffolding Basic ​ Scaffolding Advanced ​
CSCS Mobile Tower Scaffold Card   €25 ​ ​ ​
Mobile Tower Scaffold ​ ​ ​
CSCS Locating Underground Services Card   €25 ​ ​ ​
Locating Underground Services ​ ​ ​
CSCS Signing, Lighting & Guarding at Roadworks Card   €25 ​ ​ ​
Signing, Lighting & Guarding at Roadworks ​ ​ ​
CSCS Health and Safety Roadworks Card   €25 ​ ​ ​
Health and Safety Roadworks ​ ​ ​
CSCS Shotfiring Card   €25 ​ ​ ​
Shot Firing ​ ​ ​


DATA PROTECTION

Information provided by Applicants or others (such as the Training Provider) will be processed by  SOLAS for the purposes of assessing, providing and administering the Construction Skills Certification Scheme, conducting research in relation to SOLAS services, SOLAS fulfilling its statutory functions and complying with legal obligations. SOLAS may share the information with others in countries inside and outside of the European Economic Area for these purposes including with SOLAS's agents or service providers, such as ETBs, potential employers, government/state authorities (including the Department of Social Protection) and as otherwise required by law. SOLAS respects the confidentiality of information provided and will process and store it securely. Further information is available from The Manager, SOLAS Legal Services, Block 1, Castleforbes House, Castleforbes Rd. Dublin 1.