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Test changes for CSCS cards on the way

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A new and refreshed CSCS card test will be introduced as from 2 April 2012, a move that will affect all new applicants.

Three card tests will be available, Basic, Specialist, and Managers and Professional (MAP), and each of these will incorporate case studies that provide the safety awareness element of the test. Candidates will also be asked a series of questions encompassing a common range of topics, all drawn from the core question bank.

Candidates taking a Specialist or MAP test will be asked additional questions relating to the particular requirements.

“Before taking the test a candidate should undertake appropriate training,” said Peter Walker, BCSA Health, Safety and Training Manager.

Thirty case studies each dealing with a different scenario have been developed. These have been divided into ten lots of three, with four questions within each. Every candidate will sit three of these case studies and will need to score 10 correct answers to pass.

There is a requirement for candidates to correctly answer two questions on each of the core question topics. The questions are always slanted towards the candidates trade and topics include: accident reporting and recording; health and welfare, noise and vibration, working at height; site transport safety, and manual handling.

Each candidate taking a specialist test will be asked six further questions appropriate to their trade, and will need to get five answers correct to pass the overall test.

It is advised that a DVD entitled ‘Setting Out’, which gives a basic overview of the test’s case studies, is viewed.

The DVD will be made available ‘free to air’ as a gift to the industry by ConstructionSkills. It will be available for companies to show through their intranet sites, and trade bodies via their websites; also for individuals to access through YouTube or Alternately, for those without computer access, libraries will also support on-line usage.

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