CSCS

Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS) programmes provide for the training, assessment, certification and registration of non-craft operatives, providing the knowledge and skills needed for occupations within the construction sector.

The scheme was developed following detailed consultation with social partners (Construction Industry Federation and ICTU), the Health and Safety Authority and specialist working groups to identify the training needs and occupational standards required for a range of occupations in the construction sector.

The scheme is divided into eight occupational categories, with each category requiring a different CSCS Registration Card. Information on CSCS is provided under Schedule 5 of the Safety, Health & Welfare at Work (Construction) Regulations 2013. This schedule provides the list of prescribed occupations which are under the Construction Skills Certification Scheme, click here for occupations.

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

CSCS programmes are delivered by SOLAS Approved Training Organisations. When you successfully complete the Experienced Operator 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

New Entrants - Plant Operator

On successful completion of the new entrant course, participants receive a SOLAS CSCS New Entrant Registration Card with an expiry date of two years from the date of the course.

This two-year period is to enable participants to acquire the minimum of six months experience required to attend a CSCS experienced operator course.

For further information, you should contact one of the CSCS Approved Training Organisations.

Renewing or replacing your card

Your CSCS Experienced Operator 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 Experienced Operator 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 provided that all of the information is correct. The renewal/replacement fee is €32 per card.

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 one of the CSCS 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

Are equivalent international qualifications recognised in Ireland?

SOLAS, through its Construction Services Unit (Operations Section) has a system in place for the recognition of qualifications of citizens of EU member states wishing to operate in the construction sector in the Republic of Ireland. The process is governed by S.1.No. 139 of 2008- Recognition of Professional Qualifications (Directive 2005/36/EC) Regulations, 2008.

The recognition process only applies to the regulated occupation contained in Schedule 5 of S.I.No.291 of 2013 – Safety, Health and Welfare at Work (Construction) Regulations 2013.

Note that skills must have been acquired in an EU member state. Enquiries to 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.