CSCS

Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS) programmes provide non-craft operatives with the knowledge and skills needed for occupations within the construction sector.

The scheme is divided into 8 occupational categories, with each category requiring a different CSCS Registration Card. You can find a full list of the occupations below.

Anyone working in one of these occupations is legally required to hold a SOLAS CSCS Registration Card.

CSCS programmes typically take place over 2 to 3 days and are delivered by Approved Training Organisations. When you successfully complete the programme you will receive QQI certification and a CSCS Registration Card.

For more information on course content, fees and Approved Training Organisations, see Course Information:

Course Information

Renewing or replacing your card

Your CSCS registration card is valid for 5 years.

If you go on to successfully complete additional programmes in a category, your Registration Card will remain valid for 5 years from the most recent renewal date.

To renew a CSCS Registration Card, complete the online form, attach a current passport-quality photograph and make an online payment.

If your CSCS Registration Card has been lost, stolen or damaged you can apply for a replacement for an administrative fee. Please complete the Online Replacement Card Form, attach a current passport-quality photograph and make an online payment.

Renewal Application Replacement Application

Please note: Your application to renew or replace your card may be rejected if the photograph is not of high quality. In this case, your fee will be refunded. Replacement and renewed CSCS Registration Cards are issued within 2-3 weeks.

Fees and Waivers

Your Approved Training Organisation will charge a fee to cover the cost of the training programme, the QQI certification, and an administration fee for issuing your SOLAS CSCS Registration Card.

For more information on course fees, check with your Approved Training Organisation.

Waivers for CSCS QQI Certification Fee

Waivers in respect of further education and training award (certification) fees are available to social welfare recipients and/or medical cardholders. Providers should have a procedure to verify that a learner satisfies the exemption criteria and should retain this evidence.

If you are eligible for a waiver of the CSCS QQI Certification Fee as per the above statement, please download the Waiver Application form here. For Social Welfare recipients, Section 2 must be signed and stamped by your local Social Welfare Officer. For Medical Card Holders you must present your Medical Card to the Approved Training Organisation on the first day of your CSCS Experienced Operator Programme.

Queries regarding eligibility should be directed to QQI.

CSCS Occupational Categories & Fees

CSCS Plant Card €32

  • 180° Excavator

  • Telescopic Handler

  • Tractor/Dozer

  • Mobile Crane

  • 360° Excavator

  • Slinger/Signaller

  • Articulated Dumper

  • Crawler Crane

  • Mini Excavator

  • Self Erect Tower Crane

  • Site Dumper

CSCS Roofing Card €32

  • Roof and Wall Sheeting/Cladding

  • Built-Up Roof Felting - Bituminous

  • Built-Up Roof Felting - Single Ply Roofing Systems

CSCS Scaffolding Card €32

  • Scaffolding Basic

  • Scaffolding Advanced

CSCS Mobile Tower Scaffold Card €32

  • Mobile Tower Scaffold ​ ​ ​

CSCS Locating Underground Services Card €32

  • Locating Underground Services ​ ​ ​

CSCS Signing, Lighting & Guarding at Roadworks Card €32

  • Signing, Lighting & Guarding at Roadworks ​ ​ ​

CSCS Health and Safety Roadworks Card €32

  • Health and Safety Roadworks ​ ​ ​

CSCS Shot firing Card €32

  • Shot Firing

CSCS FAQs

What is a CSCS Trainee Registration Card?

Construction Trainees are required to hold a valid SOLAS CSCS Trainee Registration Card.

Trainees must complete the New Entrants Plant Operator course. This course is delivered over 3 days by an Approved Training Organisation.

The SOLAS CSCS Trainee Registration Card is valid for two years. For more information contact your Approved Training Organisation.

Are equivalent international qualifications recognised in Ireland?

If you hold an equivalent qualification issued by an EU Member State, SOLAS may recognise your existing qualification. For more information, email rpq@solas.ie.

Can I transfer a UK CPCS Competent Operator Card to a SOLAS CSCS Experienced Operator Card?

If you hold a valid blue CPCS Plant Operators Card, issued in the UK, you can apply for the equivalent SOLAS CSCS Plant Operator Card.

To apply for this certification you must:

  • Hold a valid blue CPCS Plant Registration Card,

  • Meet all CPCS entry requirements (including NVQ/SVQ certification),

  • Hold a valid Safe Pass Registration Card.

Download and complete an application form here and attach:

  • A current, signed passport photo,

  • Colour photocopies of your Safe Pass Registration Card and CPCS Competent Operators Card,

  • A postal order or bank draft made payable to SOLAS. (Cash payments are not accepted).

Post the completed application form and all attachments to:

  • CPCS, NOCN Job Cards, PO Box 1242, Kings Lynn, Norfolk PE30 QF

Can I transfer a SOLAS CSCS Experienced Operator Card to a UK CPCS Competent Operator Card?

If you hold a valid SOLAS CSCS Plant Operator Card, you can apply for the equivalent blue CPCS Plant Operators Card.

To apply for this certification you must:

  • Hold a valid SOLAS CSCS Registration Card in the relevant category.

  • Complete a CPCS Skills and Experience Interview and Theory Test in the relevant category.

  • Have completed the Construction Skills Health, Safety and Environment test within the previous two years.

The CPCS theory test, Skills and Experience Interview and Construction Skills Health, Safety and Environment test are available at the Mount Lucas Training Facility.

For further information and booking forms, please contact:

  • Mount Lucas Construction Training Facility, Mount Lucas, Daingean, Co. Offaly

  • Phone: [057] 9362508

Data Protection: Information provided by you or others (such as your Approved Training Provider) will be processed by SOLAS for the purpose of assessing, providing and administrating the Construction Skills Certification Scheme. For further details please see the Data Protection Notice.