The Quarries Skills Certification Scheme (QSCS) programmes are for non-craft operatives in the quarrying sector.

The scheme is divided into 3 occupational categories with each category requiring a different QSCS Registration Card. A full list of the occupations can be found below.

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

QSCS 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 QSCS Registration Card which is valid for 5 years.

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

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

If your QSCS 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: Applications for renewed or replacement cards may be rejected if the photograph is not of high quality, in this event, your fee will be refunded. Replacement and renewed QSCS Registration Cards are generally 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 QSCS 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.

QSCS Occupational Categories & Fees

QSCS Plant Card €32

  • 180° Excavator

  • 360° Excavator

  • Mini Excavator

  • Telescopic Handler

  • Slinger/Signaller

  • Rigid Dump Truck

  • Tower Crane

  • Tractor/Dozer

  • Front End Loader

  • Articulated Dumper

  • Site Dumper

  • Crawler Crane

QSCS Shotfiring Card €32

  • Shotfiring

QSCS Explosives Supervision Card €32

  • Explosives Supervision ​ ​ ​

Recognition of Equivalent Qualification

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.

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 Quarry Skills Certification Scheme. For further details please see the Data Protection Notice.