CSCS Health, Safety and Environment

What is the HS&E test?

The HS&E test is an important way for construction workers to show employers that they can be safe on the job. The aim of the test is to examine knowledge across a wide range of topics to improve safety and productivity on site.

Which type of test do I need to take?

There are different types of test and the one that is right for you depends on your occupation and the qualifications you hold. Please make sure that you sit the correct test as completing the wrong one will delay your CSCS card application.

There are 3 types of HS&E test:

  • Operative – tests for a basic level of health, safety and environmental awareness. This test is required when applying for the Labourer card, the Trainee card, the Apprentice card, most Blue Skilled Worker cards and most Gold Advanced Craft cards.
  • Manager and Professional – tests for everything in the operative test, plus additional material relevant to managers and professionals. This test is required when applying for the Black Managers card and the Academically or Professionally Qualified person cards.
  • Specialist – tests for everything in the operative test, plus additional material relating to a specialist area such as supervision or working at heights. Specialist tests are required when applying for the Gold Supervisor card, as well as Blue Skilled Worker and Gold Advanced Craft cards in certain occupations.

If you are unsure which HS&E test to take, use the CSCS Card Finder.

Simply enter your occupation or qualification into Card Finder and follow the steps on the screen. Card Finder will show you which card you are eligible for and which CITB HS&E test you need to take.


The test has 50 multiple-choice questions including 12 behavioural case study questions about how you should conduct yourself on a construction site to stay safe and 38 knowledge questions to check your awareness of health, safety and environment issues.

Different tests have been developed to meet the demands of different trades and professions. You will need to make sure that you take and prepare for the right one.

You will need to resit this test to keep up with industry updates, this test is a pre-requisite for any CPCS plant operator training and plant renewal tests.

For the CSCS Health, Safety & Environment test, download CITB HS&E revision APP for operatives and specialists for  £5.99

Just learn operatives section. It’s a really good interactive APP with tests to practice . Pass mark is 45 out of 50.

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