Construction Skills Register (CSR)


Are you looking to get a CSR card?

The Construction Skills Register (CSR) is a register of construction workers who have completed the industry approved CSR health and safety training course and assessment.  The aims of the CSR registration scheme are to raise standards of health and safety and provide recognition of skills, experience, and qualifications attained. To become registered, workers must complete a minimum of one day health and safety training, at Industry Training Services (ITS).  Operatives can also be assessed to ascertain their level of competency in their skill area.  Applicants receive a photographic identity card that provides proof of their health and safety training and their skills and qualifications, if appropriate.

This training is available at both the Operative and Supervisor levels. We can provide assistance to people who may have a limited reading or writing ability

Please feel free to contact us or simply use the free CSR card checker service to check whether someone holds a CSR card


Construction workers receive a CSR card after completing a classroom-based health and safety course. It provides access to a construction site and is sometimes called a site pass or safe pass. In addition to the individual’s photograph, the card will contain basic details like their name and occupation. Northern Ireland’s construction industry is represented by Construction Employers Federation, which administers the CSR card scheme.

This CSR course is designed for all levels of construction personnel, including apprentices and specialists. Participants will learn about the typical hazards associated with the construction industry as well as a foundation-level knowledge of health and safety to help them comply with their regulatory requirements.

The CSR course covers a broad range of health and safety topics related to construction. A safety system of work, health awareness, and hazards and controls are the four sections of the course.

A full day of classroom instruction is required for CSR card training. Normally, the course runs from 8.30 am to 4.30 pm. A morning and afternoon coffee break, as well as a lunch break are usually provided to delegates. As part of the CEF, delegates must receive at least seven guided learning hours with a trainer.

By considering their occupation and level of experience, individuals can determine the best type of CSR card. An NVQ level 2 or 3 which verifies a trade qualifies an applicant for a blue or gold card. An occupational card suitable for labourers is the green labourers’ card. For everyone else, there is a generic card called the white health and safety trained card. Often, tradespeople without occupational cards choose this card type, such as electricians and plumbers. Also, suppliers, security personnel, or delivery drivers who visit sites periodically often use it.

The typical CSR card has a four-year validity. Those who wish to renew trade-specific cards without presenting an appropriate NVQ level two or three or those who are unable to furnish a UK national insurance number are the only exceptions to this regulation. A card with a December 2024 expiration date is given to people who renew trade-specific cards without submitting an acceptable NVQ level two or three. Those without a UK national insurance number are given a temporary card that is valid for a year.

The Construction Skills Register (CSR) has a mutual recognition agreement with SOLAS in the Republic of Ireland that confirms that the CSR one day health and safety course is deemed equivalent to the Safepass health and safety course and vice versa.

The Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS) operates in the United Kingdom. CSR has signed an Affiliation Agreement with CSCS so CSR cards are accepted in the whole of the UK.

If you lose or damage your CSR card, you can apply to get a replacement. This is done by contacting an approved training provider, completing a form, paying a card replacement fee and then waiting for the card to be processed, which can take up to 3 weeks.

The CEFNI’s online card checker can be used to verify your CSR card status. Enter your national insurance number, followed by either your surname or date of birth, to verify your card status. This tool can be accessed by anyone by clicking here.  

The Solas Safe Pass Health and Safety Awareness Programme operates in the Republic of Ireland. CSR has signed a mutual recognition agreement with Solas which means the CSR one day health and safety course is the only course recognised as equivalent to the Solas Safe Pass course.

How do I apply for a card? All applicants must undergo Health and Safety Training and Skills Assessment delivered by an Accredited CSR Provider.

ITS Offer CSR accreditation please contact us today to make a booking or you can find a list of the courses above.


Upon completion of the course, students are required to take a 20-question exam. Individuals who may have limited reading or writing abilities can receive discreet support at the end of the day in order to achieve the required pass mark. It is recommended that individuals inform the trainer in private before starting the course.

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