CSR Card Training Northern Ireland

CSR Card Training

About Our CSR Training Course

Health Matters are a leading provider of Health & Safety training including that of the CSR Card within the construction sector in Northern Ireland.

 

One of the sectors most popular courses is the one day CSR training course often referred to as the CSR card course, site pass course or safe pass course by individuals associated with the construction sector in Northern Ireland.

 

The 1 day Construction Skills Register (CSR) Health and Safety Training scheme is aimed at all construction personnel including new entrants, to ensure that they have a basic knowledge of Health and Safety to comply with relevant legislation and make them aware of the inherent dangers on construction sites.

 

Completion of the training and successful occupational assessment, participants will be registered with the Construction Federation and will obtain a CSR card.

 

The CEFNI who are the awarding body for the CSR card scheme state that all applicants must undergo Health and Safety Training and Skills Assessment delivered by an Accredited CSR Provider. Health Matters are one of these accredited providers based in Newry & Belfast Northern Ireland.

 

Health Matters continues to provide the construction sector in Northern Ireland with high-quality construction specific training and CSR card / Site Pass training will continue to be a large proportion of this training. Call either of our Newry or Belfast training centres for available dates and time of upcoming CSR card courses. Remember we can also travel to you for groups anywhere in Northern Ireland (NI).

 

Please Note: CSR Health & Safety Training is also mutually recognized in GB by the CSCS scheme – contact our team for further information/confirmation on this affiliation agreement.

Working in the Republic of Ireland with a CSR Card

A regular concern by many construction sector organsiations who work cross border is whether or not the CSR Card / CSR training is valid in the Republic of Ireland.

 

The CEFNI have recently acted to clarify the situation and have stated that the Construction Skills Register (CSR) has a mutual recognition agreement with SOLAS in the Republic of Ireland that confirms the CSR one day health and safety course is deemed equivalent to the Safe Pass health and safety course and vice versa.

 

This clarification will be welcome news to many construction firms within Northern Ireland who strive to obtain health and safety training that is recognised in both jurisdictions.Health Matters can confirm that it has experienced little issue with Republic of Ireland based contractors and clients rejecting the CSR training course / card as equivalent to the Republic of Ireland Solas Safe Pass.

 

Shaun Doran from Health Matters states “On a very rare occasion we will have a client who calls us to state that they have been rejected access on to site in the republic of Ireland with a CSR card. In such an instance this is dealt with very simply in that we will make direct contact with the contractor / client to inform them of the mutual recognition between the CSR / SOLAS scheme. Generally an email and correspondence obtained from the CEFNI will suffice and alleviate their concerns and the individual is there after granted access to site.”

 

There are however some construction categories within the CSR scheme that are not mutually recognised these being some types of plant machinery, scaffolding, roof & wall cladding/sheeting and built up roof felting. CSR does not have mutual recognition with the CSCS in the Republic of Ireland. Therefore CSR cards in these categories will not be accepted on site.

 

We have been informed that the CEFNI (CSR) have met with SOLAS and continues to discuss a potential solution to this issue. It is likely that the work required to agree mutual recognition will take some time, however there is an interim solution.

 

Details of this solution can be obtained by checking out the CEF website https://www.cefni.co.uk/news/update or alternatively contacting Health Matters Newry on 028 3025 6482 or Belfast on 028 9002 0044

Types of CSR Cards

NEW Green Card- Labourer 

This card is available to those enaged in a labouring occupational. Applicants must completed the CSR 1 day Health and Safety training and have an employer declartion 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 training.

Renewal requirement: CSR 1 Day Health & Safety Training

 

NEW White Card- Health & Safety Trained Card

This card is available to applicants who complete the CSR 1 day Health & Safety Training. This card provides evidence of appropriate basic health & safety training only and will not display the card holders occupation.

This card is accepted in Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland (as equivalent to Safe Pass). This card will NOT be accepted in GB.

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 1st September 2019, so from this date all new card applicants will be required to hold an NVQ Level 2 Qualification or above.

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 1st September 2019, so from this date all new card applicants will be required to hold an NVQ Level 2 Qualification or above.

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 1st September 2019, so from this date all new card applicants will be required to hold an NVQ Level 3 Qualification or above.

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

 

Blue Card – Plant Operator

All candidates are required to complete the CSR 1 Day Health & Safety Training and Operative Touch Screen Test. The candidate must achieve NVQ 2 in Plant Operations and must record a minimum of 300 hours operating experience on each category in the CSR logbook. Candidates who cannot record 300 hours will be able to complete a site assessment in its place. A Blue Plant Operator Card will not be issued unless six months has passed from the time of issue of the Red Trained Plant Operator Card, and the Operative Touch Screen Health and Safety Test has been passed within two years of the application date.

Renewal requirement: CSR 1 Day Health & Safety Training, Operative Health & Safety Touch Screen test, confirmation of 300 hours experience

 

Red Card – Trainee Supervisor/Manager

This card is available to both undergraduates and graduate entrants in the construction industry.

To qualify for this card, candidates must complete the CSR 1 Day Health and Safety training and provide evidence of either current registration with a further/higher education college for a nationally recognised construction related qualification or satisfactory completion of a nationally recognised construction related qualification in a further/higher education college. There is no requirement for an assessment to be completed.

Renewal requirement: 4 Day CSR Site Safety Supervisors Course & Supervisor Touch Screen test

 

Gold Card – Supervisor

All applicants must complete the CSR 4 day Site Safety Supervisors Course and Touch Screen Test. Applicants are required to have 5 years’ experience as a Construction Supervisor and complete a Supervisors occupational assessment, or hold an NVQ Level 3 in Construction Site Supervision.

Please note the Occupational Assessment route is being withdrawn on 1st September 2019, so from this date all new card applicants will be required to hold an NVQ Level 4 Qualification or above.

Renewal requirement: CSR 1 Day Site Safety Supervisors update and Supervisors Touch Screen test

 

NEW Experienced Worker Card (from 1st September 2019)

This card will be introduced for new candidates who are experienced but do not currently hold a qualification. To be eligible for an experienced worker card, candidates must:

  • Complete the CSR one day Health & Safety Training
  • Provide proof of registration on an NVQ Level 2 qualification or higher
  • Have en employer declaration signed confirming their experience

Renewal requirement: This card is valid for 4 years and cannot be renewed, as the card holders are expected to have upgraded on or before expiry to a card based on the qualification they have achieved.

 

NEW Experienced Supervisor Card (from 1st September 2019)

This card will be introduced for new candidates who are experienced supervisors but do not hold a supervisor qualification. To be eligible for an Experienced Supervisor Card, candidates must:

  • Complete the CSR 4 day Site Safety Supervisors course
  • Pass the CITB (GB) Health, Safety and Environmental test (touchscreen test) for Supervisors
  • Provide proof of registration on a supervisor NVQ (Level 3 or 4)
  • Have an employer declaration signed confirming their experience as a Supervisor

Renewal requirement: It will be valid for 4 years and cannot be renewed, as card holders are expected to upgrade on or before expiry to a card based on the qualification they have achieved.

 

CSR Changes in 2019

The Construction Skills Register (CSR) is making a number of significant changes during 2019. These changes are being introduced to ensure CSR continues to meet the needs of the Northern Ireland construction industry and to enable continued mobility and acceptance of CSR cards throughout the UK, through compliance with the Construction Leadership Council’s (CLCs) One Industry Logo requirements.

 

NVQ Qualification required for NEW craft and supervisor CSR Cards

 

From 1st September 2019, the Construction Skills Register (CSR) will remove all remaining occupational assessments, including supervisors.

From this date, all new blue and gold card applicants will be required to hold an NVQ Level 2 qualification (or higher), relevant to the card holder’s occupational. Please note this does not impact renewals. Current blue and gold card holders can continue to renew their cards by completing the relevant health and safety training upon expiry of their current card.

To complete an NVQ Qualification with us, click here

 

Changes to Green GCO Card

 

From 1 April 2019, CSR will no longer issue any new or renewal General Construction Operative (GCO) cards. GCO cards issued up to 31 March 2019 will continue to be valid for 4 years from the date of the health and safety training.

 

new CSR Labourer card will be introduced on 1 April 2019 for those working in a labouring occupation. Applicants must complete the CSR one day health and safety course and have an employer declaration completed to confirm they are working in a labouring occupation. The card will be valid for 4 years from the date of the health and safety training.

 

Cardholders whose GCO cards expire from 1 April 2019 should apply for a Labourer card, if they meet the requirements above, or another CSR card that is more appropriate for the job role they carry out.

 

Historically GCO cards have been issued to construction-related occupations that do not fall under the remit of the Joint Council for the Building and Civil Engineering Industry (Northern Ireland), the owner of the scheme. These occupations including electricians, plumbers, heating and ventilation and gas installation will not be eligible for a Labourer card when it is launched in April 2019. Other CSCS partner card schemes are available for these occupations.

 

Introduction of Health & Safety Trained Card 

 

From 1 April, 2019 CSR will also be introducing a Health and Safety Trained card. This card will provide evidence of appropriate health and safety training only and will not display the card holder’s occupation. Candidates must complete the CSR one day health and safety course to be eligible for this card which will be valid for 4 years from the date of the health and safety training.

 

The Buildsafe-NI Action Plan (2011) requires all site operatives and staff to have appropriate health and safety training. Government Construction Clients must include this as a contract requirement. The Health and Safety Trained Card will meet this obligation for operatives. It will also be accepted in the Republic of Ireland as a result of the mutual recognition agreement that deems the CSR one day health and safety course to be equivalent to the Safe Pass one day course.

 

It is important to note however that this card will not meet the CLC One Industry Logo requirements and therefore WILL NOT be accepted in GB.