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    • Br00nie
    • By Br00nie 23rd Nov 17, 6:31 PM
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    CSCS Rip Off
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    • 23rd Nov 17, 6:31 PM
    CSCS Rip Off 23rd Nov 17 at 6:31 PM
    I'm just wondering if there's anyone else out there that thinks paying £30 for a Construction Skills Certification Scheme(CSCS) card is a total rip off ? How much does it really cost to produce a bit of plastic with your photo on it ?
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    • pmduk
    • By pmduk 23rd Nov 17, 6:47 PM
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    • 23rd Nov 17, 6:47 PM
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    • 23rd Nov 17, 6:47 PM
    Doesn't that actually include the test fee?
    • Br00nie
    • By Br00nie 25th Nov 17, 7:38 PM
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    • 25th Nov 17, 7:38 PM
    Cscs
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    • 25th Nov 17, 7:38 PM
    no the test fee on top of that £17.50 I think
    • Br00nie
    • By Br00nie 25th Nov 17, 7:41 PM
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    • 25th Nov 17, 7:41 PM
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    • 25th Nov 17, 7:41 PM
    also if you have to sit a seperate health & safety 5.0 course which costs >£100 absolute rip off
    • Raxiel
    • By Raxiel 1st Dec 17, 4:20 PM
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    • 1st Dec 17, 4:20 PM
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    • 1st Dec 17, 4:20 PM
    It is a bit of a racket. Started off reasonable, and then the price started rising sharply once they were widely adopted.

    Never once been asked for mine, but I still have to have one. My firm insists everyone does, someone's making a pretty penny out of it.
    • Inner Zone
    • By Inner Zone 1st Dec 17, 4:28 PM
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    • 1st Dec 17, 4:28 PM
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    • 1st Dec 17, 4:28 PM
    I'm just wondering if there's anyone else out there that thinks paying £30 for a Construction Skills Certification Scheme(CSCS) card is a total rip off ? How much does it really cost to produce a bit of plastic with your photo on it ?
    Originally posted by Br00nie
    no the test fee on top of that £17.50 I think
    Originally posted by Br00nie
    also if you have to sit a seperate health & safety 5.0 course which costs >£100 absolute rip off
    Originally posted by Br00nie
    £147.50, Clearly you are paying the wrong people:

    https://cscs.uk.com/applying-for-cards/

    "CSCS cards cost £30 and the separate CITB Health, safety and environment test costs £19.50. There are organisations that offer card application services. If you are being charged more than £30 for a card or £19.50 for a CITB Health, safety & environment test, check that you understand what additional services you will receive."

    Total £49.50
    Last edited by Inner Zone; 01-12-2017 at 4:30 PM.
    • deanos
    • By deanos 1st Dec 17, 5:14 PM
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    • 1st Dec 17, 5:14 PM
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    • 1st Dec 17, 5:14 PM
    most of the big builders wont let you on site if you dont have one
    • pmduk
    • By pmduk 1st Dec 17, 7:26 PM
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    • 1st Dec 17, 7:26 PM
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    • 1st Dec 17, 7:26 PM
    I've checked a few of the local test centres near me who charge £30 for test and card incl.
    • Ganga
    • By Ganga 1st Dec 17, 7:33 PM
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    • 1st Dec 17, 7:33 PM
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    • 1st Dec 17, 7:33 PM
    I also had to have one but the company paid for it,was never asked on site for it,i used to think that it was a joke having to take a test to prove what i had done since leaving school,5 years apprenticship then over 40 years in the industry.
    ITS NOT EASY TO GET EVERYTHING WRONG ,I HAVE TO WORK HARD TO DO IT!
    • ComicGeek
    • By ComicGeek 1st Dec 17, 8:45 PM
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    I also had to have one but the company paid for it,was never asked on site for it,i used to think that it was a joke having to take a test to prove what i had done since leaving school,5 years apprenticship then over 40 years in the industry.
    Originally posted by Ganga
    You say that, but I still know of a few people who failed the test - given that most of the questions have 3 answers that will kill you and 1 that won't, I think it's a really good thing that people who fail don't work on building sites!
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