Skills for Working in Construction and Building Industry

If you are looking to work in the construction industry, or require a CITB Operatives card (green card) to access work on a construction site, this course will help you to prepare for the exams. 

We offer the Level 1 Award, Extended Award or Certificate in Skills for Working in Construction and Building Industries.  In addition, you can achieve the L1 Award in Health and Safety in Construction which is now a mandatory requirement before you can apply for the CITB Operatives card. 

At a glance:

Our qualifications are available at Level 1

  • Level 1 Award

  • Level 1 Extended Award

  • Level 1 Certificate

  • Each level lasts approximately 80-130 guided learning hours.

  • We offer funded and co-funded courses (funding is subject to meeting the eligibility criteria)

  • Includes the option to sit the Level 1 Award in Health and Safety in a Construction Environment (required to apply for a CSCS card)

Average programmes last around 80-130 guided learning hours.  All learning is carried out online with additional tutor support and workshops where necessary.

Each unit has a short, multiple choice assessment which can be completed in the centre.  In some instances, we may also be able to fund your CITB Health, Safety and Environment test for Operatives subject to eligibility criteria – speak to our centre staff for more information.


Each qualification can be tailored to your needs, but modules will be selected from the mandatory and optional units to meet the minimum credits required for the qualification.

Mandatory Units

  • Principles of Building Construction, Information and Communication

  • Working in Construction and Building

  • Introduction to Environmental Sustainability

Optional Units

  • Health and Safety in the Workplace

  • Health and Safety in Construction

  • Introduction to Building and Construction

  • Environmental Sustainability

  • Basic Plumbing Science

  • Understanding Disability and Accessibility

Bonus Unit – Free!

Additionally, learners who successfully complete the units above will be offered the opportunity to sit the L1 Award in Health and Safety in a Construction Environment assessment which is now a mandatory requirement in order to apply for a CITB CSCS card.  This will be offered at no additional cost.

Progression Routes

Learners who complete our Skills for Working in Construction and Building Industry qualifications can progress onto Functional Skills courses, employability skills, or study a variety of other courses within CTP or with external providers. Contact CTP for information on progression routes.

Common progression routes include:

  • Apprenticeships

  • Traineeships

  • T-Levels

  • Further and Higher Education

  • Into employment in the construction industry

  • CITB Health Safety and Environment Test

  • Apply for a CITB CSCS Card (such as the Operatives (Green) card)

Entry Criteria

Age: 19 +
Entry profile:

  • No prior qualifications required

  • Must not hold an equivalent qualification at the same or higher level

  • Funded and co-funded qualifications are subject to meeting eligibility criteria

  • Must not be enrolled on the same, or equivalent, programme elsewhere

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