The Black card is available for Construction Manager occupations.
An NVQ level 6 or 7 in a relevant occupation is required to be able to apply for this CSCS card.
The NVQ level 6 or 7 application is for experienced Managers with a minimal managerial history of between 2 and 3 years.
All CSCS applicants must pass the Managerial and Professional (known as MAP) ConstructionSkills Health and Safety Test. Please note that there are specific revision materials for this test.
Can You Get A CSCS Card without NVQ Qualifications?
The CSCS Profiled Route, as a route to gaining a CSCS Manager or Supervisor Card without qualification, was up to April 2016, the only viable route for practicing professionals. However to gain a CSCS Card without an NVQ is now unfortunately no longer available directly from the CSCS. However, there is an alternative!
The best alternative route for all experienced construction professionals who do not yet have suitable qualifications is, as before, by a profiling and assessment of your working history. In brief, previous qualifications are not required, it’s a part of the National Vocational Qualification QCF system known simply as an NVQ, a route that gives its candidates a CSCS Black Manager Card, a qualification and card for life and is completed 99% online. All candidates are assigned a personal assessor who assists the candidate in presenting their evidences at the correct standard.
What is the Profiling Assessment Route?
The profiling and assessment route is a process by which a candidate is awarded the qualification for the job they have been doing and are doing, and not the one they would like to be doing. This process leads to an NVQ Diploma in Construction Management and makes you eligible to apply for a Black Manager Card from the CSCS. So if you do not have any an NVQ, or any qualifications for that matter, you can enrol on this NVQ assessment route to gain your CSCS card based on your experience alone.
What Does It Involve?
The profiling and assessment route for professional construction managers seeking their CSCS card involves completing unit knowledge questionnaires and providing site documentation and records to substantiate given answers.
The route commences with the candidate being inducted into the NVQ system to gain an understanding of what is required and how to complete their assessment portfolio and the candidate is always assessor led.
At first registration candidates will be registered onto the NVQ National Database.
As the candidate commences with the first unit, they will learn what evidence to collect, how to present and reference the evidence in their online portfolio and how to complete the knowledge sections of their portfolios. Taking that knowledge forward, this enables our candidates to embark on the next unit of the NVQ, and so on.
The candidate’s personal assessor will hold and record regular progress planning meetings where agreed achievable progress targets are set and subsequently reviewed from the outset of the qualification to completion, thus piloting the candidate through the NVQ process.
At RivaSure we work with each candidate on supplying the best NVQ to suit their working history, not only to gain their Black Manager Card but also to aid them in their professional development.
We achieve this by getting to know our candidates by interviewing them, reviewing their CV’s, supplying their NVQs and where necessary, providing the added support and guidance to enable them to achieve their qualification.
Having gained an NVQ level 6 or 7 in Construction Management it is then a straight forward case of forwarding the NVQ certificate to the CSCS, having previously completed the relevant CSCS Health & Safety touch-screen test ie. Manager Professional Safety and Environmental (MAPs). All applicants must pass the appropriate CSCS H&S test. So if you don’t have one or you passed your test more than 2 years ago, please book a CSCS touch screen test at your local test centre. This can all be achieved online directly with the CSCS. https://www.cscs.uk.com/applying-for-cards/
The photograph that will appear on your new Black Card for identification purposes will be the photograph taken at the CSCS test centre when you take or took your CSCS Managers safety test.
How Long Does It Take?
This is totally dependant on the candidate’s ability and availability. It is our experience that it is quite possible that a construction management NVQ can be completed within 6 weeks and typically, depending on workload, within 3 to 6 months. However once registered onto the NVQ, candidates can immediately apply for a CSCS temporary Manager’s card, a red card that is valid for a year and not renewable. With this card in place employment is more likely to be secured. A full CSCS Black card will be issued on successful completion of the NVQ… more
How Much Does It Cost?
At present, an the NVQ profiling and assessment route will cost in the region of £1500 +VAT. 50% at enrolment 50% at completion…. more
Additional Support by a Work Based Recorder
The NVQ process by design is a matter of completing an academic process. The problem is that many construction management NVQ candidates do not come from an academic background. As with our previous CSCS card applications, at RivaSure we can provide, on request, and where needed, added Work Based Recorder NVQ guidance & support. This is in addition to a personal NVQ candidate assessor assigned to each candidate, thus ensuring that all eligible candidates successfully complete their NVQ in a timely fashion.... more
Read this testimonial from a recent candidate;
"I was in a desperate situation to get the black site manager card quickly… So I contacted William at Rivasure and he took me on and tutored & mentored me through the long list of questions. He was always attentive and his guidance was excellent. He was able to help me put into words what I knew in a professional manner which enabled me to answer the questions..." Mark C.