Current position 11.1.21 

Pearson Professional Centres continue to operate the HS&E test in England and Scotland. Due to social distancing measures the centres cannot run at full capacity and some are experiencing longer wait times than usual.

Testing in Pearson Professional Centres is currently suspended in Wales, this will be reviewed in line with any changes to the Government guidelines.

Please check your test confirmation email or letter for details of safety measures at the test centre including the requirement to wear face coverings, or for any changes to your scheduled appointment.

Visit CITB’s urgent messages page for further information on test centre availability across the whole of the UK.

CITB are working alongside their partners to increase the testing capacity, so please continue to visit the CITB website to check for availability and to book your test.

What steps are CSCS taking?

CSCS recognise that construction workers may face delays in obtaining a card while test centres cannot run at full capacity or are required to close. Therefore, tehy are asking the industry to continue to support the following temporary measures:

  1. Employers and those responsible for site access and card checking procedures to use their discretion towards workers whose cards have expired since March onward. But a worker must always hold the correct card for the job they do on site.
  1. CSCS has extended the grace period for card renewals from 6 months after the card expires to 12 months. This means that the card can be renewed, once the CITB HS&E test has been passed, up to one year from the card’s expiry date. This will assist those applicants struggling to find availability to sit the test and renew their card.

Keep informed

CSCS are issuing updates via the CSCS COVID hub here.  Any enquiries related to this matter should be emailed to

You can also visit the CITB website regarding the actions they are taking around the availability of the HS&E test and other industry training.

See full updates from FIS on the COVID-19 crisis on our daily updated page here