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CSR Card​ Course


1 Day


8.30am - 4.30pm


£100 (+VAT)

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FAQs about CSR Card Training Courses

A CSR card is a health and safety passport issued to construction workers, usually on completion of a one-day classroom-based course. It can sometimes be referred to as the site pass or safe pass and provides access to a construction site. The card will include the individual’s photograph and basic details such as their name and, sometimes, their occupation. The CSR card scheme is governed by the Construction Employers Federation, the sole certified representative body for the construction industry in Northern Ireland.
This course is aimed at all construction personnel ranging from apprentice level to those considered specialists in their field. The training aims to provide those who attend with a foundation-level knowledge of health and safety to aid them in complying with their legislative requirements and making them aware of the typical hazards associated with the construction sector.

Individuals can determine the most appropriate type of CSR card by considering their occupation and level of experience. Those who hold a trade, which can be verified by a level 2 or 3 NVQ, qualify for the blue or gold card, respectively. If the worker is a labourer, the green labourers’ card is available to suit this occupation. Finally, there is a generic card called the white health and safety trained card for everyone else. This card type is often chosen by tradespersons, such as electricians and plumbers, who do not have an occupational card type under the CEF scheme. It is also often utilised by those who only periodically visit sites, such as suppliers, security personnel or delivery drivers. For full details on all of the CSR card types, check out the CEF website by clicking here.

The course covers a wide range of health and safety-related construction-related topics. The course consists of four sections, the fundamental practicalities of health and safety, safe systems of work, health awareness and hazards and controls.

CSR card training involves one full day of classroom attendance. The standard timing for the course is 8.30 am to 4.30 pm. Delegates are typically afforded a morning and afternoon coffee break as well as a lunch break. The CEF stipulates that delegates must receive a minimum of seven guided learning hours with a trainer.

The course is assessed using a 20-question exam at the end of the day. Health Matters have a one hundred per cent pass rate in this training course. Those delegates who may have a limited reading or writing ability can be provided with discreet support at the end of the day to aid them in achieving the required pass mark. Individuals are encouraged to inform the trainer of this in private before commencement.
CSR cards are mainly issued with a four-year validity. The exceptions to this rule are those who choose to renew trade-specific cards without submitting a relevant NVQ level two or three or those who cannot provide a UK national insurance number. Individuals who renew trade-specific cards without submitting a suitable NVQ level two or three receive a card with a December 2024 expiry. Those without a UK national insurance number are issued a one-year temporary card.
It takes approximately two weeks from completing your training until receipt of the card; pending payment has been received in full. This turnaround time is also subject to the training provider having no outstanding information or documentation. As an interim solution, a certificate will be provided, with a 30-day validity until the receipt of the card.

You cannot complete CSR card training online. However, management and director-level employees who hold either an NVQ or a construction-related degree may have access to an online training route to obtain a card. Further details are provided within our blog.

The CSR card is accepted in the Republic of Ireland due to a mutual recognition agreement between the Construction Employers Federation and the Solas safe pass scheme. Those interested can confirm CSR’s relationship with other card schemes through the CEF or Solas Safe Pass websites.

Construction operatives can convert their Solas Safe Pass to a CSR card, pending it is within date. This action is undertaken by completing an application form and submitting it to an approved training provider for processing. The individual will also need to attend the training provider’s centre to provide a photograph. The purpose for undertaking this conversion may be to gain a card with a CSCS hologram recognised when working on construction sites in England, Scotland, or Wales.
CSR cards are accepted in Great Britain due to a mutual recognition agreement between the CEF and the CSCS scheme. Except for the white health and safety trained version, all CSR cards are recognised and carry the CSCS hologram on the top right-hand corner.
This course is aimed at anyone within the construction sector which requires access to a construction site within Northern Ireland, the Republic of Ireland, England, Scotland, or Wales. Those with a construction trade, which an NVQ can verify, benefit from the card offering proof of occupational competence. Holding a CSR card can aid those seeking employment in gaining a job within the construction sector.
If you lose or damage your CSR card, you can apply to get a replacement. This is done by contacting an approved training provider, completing a form, paying a card replacement fee and then waiting for the card to be processed, which can take up to 3 weeks.

Evidence of your CSR card status can be obtained using the CEFNI’s online card checker. To do this, you will need to provide a minimum of two pieces of information, one of which must be your national insurance number and the other either your surname or date of birth. Anyone can gain access to this tool by clicking here .