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The Different CSR Cards Available in Northern Ireland

There are a number of different card colours and levels that you can obtain. Our occupational assessment that is carried out after the course determines the level of card that you are awarded. BSD Training Northern Ireland can assess for a wide range of skills and trades to get you the card that best suits your skill set and shows employers you have been occupationally assessed. Below is a breakdown of the cards available and what each one stands for;

RED Card - APPRENTICE;

Apprentices registered for an NVQ in a construction related occupation
and working towards an NVQ will be eligible for this card. Applicants must
complete the 1 day CSR Health and Safety Training. On achievement
of NVQ Level 2, apprentices upgrade from a red card to a blue card.
Apprentices should upgrade to a gold card when Level 3 is achieved.

GREEN Card - GENERAL Construction OPERATIVE;

The green card is available to applicants who carry out basic site skills only.
Applicants must complete the 1 day CSR Health and Safety Training and
Occupational Assessment.
The green card will also be issued to those operatives whose occupations
do not fall under the remit of the Joint Council for the Building and Civil
Engineering Industry (NI) and therefore no occupational assessment is
available. In this instance applicants complete health and safety training only.

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.

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.

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.

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.

CARD TYPES;

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.

Platinum CARD - Advanced Craft;

The Platinum Craft card is available to Craftsmen who hold a CSR Gold
Craft Card and have completed the Advanced Craft occupational assessment.
Applicants must also complete the CSR 1 day Health and Safety Training.

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 assessment,
or hold an NVQ Level 3 in Construction Site Supervision.

Platinum CARD - MANAGER;

All applicants must complete Managing Safely in Construction or
Essential Health and Safety for Managers. Applicants are required to
have 5 years experience as a Construction Manager and complete the
Managers assessment, or hold an NVQ Level 4 in Construction Site
Management or Construction Contracting, or hold one of the following
professional qualifications;

MCIAT Member of the Chartered Institute of Architectural Technologists
MCIOB Member of the Chartered Institute of Building
MICE Member of the Institution of Civil Engineers
MIHIE Member of the Institute of Highway Incorporated Engineers
MRICS Member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors
MIStructE Member of the Institution of Structural Engineers
MIMBM Member of the Institute of Maintenance and Building Management
MICES Member of the Institution of Civil Engineering Surveyors
MIEI Member of Engineers Ireland
MCIBSE Member of the Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers

Black CARD - Senior Manager;

All applicants complete Safety for Senior Executives or Essential Health and
Safety for Senior Managers. Applicants are also required to have 5 years
experience as a Senior Construction Manager and complete a Senior
Managers assessment, or hold an NVQ Level 5 in Construction Project
Management or Construction Contracts Management, or hold one of
the following professional qualifications;
MCIAT, MCIOB, MICE, MIHIE, MRICS, MIStructE, MIMBM, MICES, MIEI,
MCIBSE (See Platinum Manager for full titles of professional bodies).

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.

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.

Contact us on 02892639459 or info@bsdtraining.com for more information about the various card schemes available and to discuss which one would suit your needs.