Construction workers are being charged excessive sums by unaffiliated third party websites for their Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS) cards when they could pay just £36 via the official application service.  CSCS continues to receive complaints from those who have used third party companies to apply for their CSCS cards.  These companies are unaffiliated to CSCS and simply use the official CSCS application service on their client’s behalf, while charging an admin fee.  Many of these complaints relate to inflated costs and slow delivery times for cards.

There is only one official service:  A card costs £36 and in most cases, applications will be processed, and cards issued within 48 hours.  Reports have been received of construction workers paying upwards of £60 just for their CSCS card.  If you are charged more than £36 for a card or £22.50 for the separate CITB Health, safety and environment test you should ask why.  The quickest and cheapest way to apply for your CSCS card is via the official online service. Online applications are quick, easy, and secure, for more information visit  If you need help contact FIS on 0121 707 0077 or email