The CITB Health, safety and environment (HS&E) test is an important way for construction workers to show that they can be safe on the job. It's also a way for them to know that their fellow workers are as safe on the site and not put them at risk of injury. Construction health and safety matters.
For employers, having workers who've passed the CITB HS&E test is assurance that their workforce are and can continue to be safe at work.
It is necessary to have passed this test within 2 years prior to undertaking any CPCS test.
The HS&E test is made up of 50 questions covering five core knowledge areas:
- legal and management
- health and welfare
- general safety
- high risk activities
Candidates have 45 minutes to answer the 50 questions. The test now includes new question styles. Behavioural case studies are also used in the test to check a candidate's understanding of health, safety and environmental issues, and how to behave safely on-site.
CITB is continually reviewing the test to ensure that it continues to help construction workers and employers get the right knowledge, skills and training to be able to work safely in the industry. There are further forthcoming improvements to the test over the next 12 to 18 months.
There are three types of test that you can take:
1) Operatives HS&E test
The Operatives test ensures workers have a minimum level of health, safety and environmental awareness before going on site. This test covers the five core knowledge areas listed above (see Structure of the test).
2) Specialist HS&E tests
These tests include questions about the five core knowledge areas as well as relevant questions in the chosen specialist areas. The Specialists test can be taken in the following topics:
- supervisory (SUP)
- demolition (DEM)
- plumbing (JIB) (PLUM)
- highway works (HIW)
- specialist work at height (WAH)
- lifts and escalators (LAEE)
- tunnelling (TUNN)
- HVACR - heating and plumbing services (HAPS)
- HVACR - pipefitting and welding (PFW)
- HVACR - ductwork (DUCT)
- HVACR - refrigeration and air conditioning (RAAC)
- HVACE - services and facilities maintenance (SAF)
3) Managers and Professionals test
This test covers the same five core areas but also includes questions on the following topics:
- construction (design and management) regulations
- highway works.
If you are taking the CITB Health, safety and environment test to gain a card for access to construction sites please ensure you have checked the scheme requirements to apply for a card to ensure you are booking the correct level of test.
We offer these tests at our site at £48 inc VAT per person (£21 test fee). If you would like to take one of these tests or have questions relating to construction health and safety, please click below or contact us.