It can be almost impossible to gain access to a construction site without proof of identification, your competence, and qualification levels. Holding a CSCS or EUSR card means you can prove your identity, your qualified status, and your occupation when working on-site.
EUSR (Energy and Utilities Skills Register) is affiliated to the Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS), so when it is suggested that a CSCS card is required, the EUSR card is the one that's relevant to our industry. Coupled to this is registration with the SHEA(Safety Health and Environmental Awareness ) scheme and associated Health and Safety training. The route to both qualification as a data installer and a CSCS passport is now offered in one 5 day training package at Networks Centre. If you already have a Data Installer qualification then we also offer a one-day course to obtain a CSCS card via the EUSR/SHEA scheme.
There is a range of EUSR cards available. Deciding which card is right for you will depend on the type of work you do, how experienced you are and your qualifications and membership of professional bodies.
For our Industry the classification is Qualified Data Cabling Installer which is one of four possible routes to become an FIA Qualified Installer. The EUSR website provides further guidance to applicants as to the available card types. Please note that whilst you apply for a particular type of card, it is entirely at the discretion of EUSR as to whether they approve the application or select an alternative card type based on their assessment of your application.
To be eligible for EUSR FIA Qualified Installer status, under the category Data Cabling Installer, applicants must meet the following criteria:
City & Guilds Level 2 Copper Cabling Internal Environment City & Guilds 3667-02 Communications Cabling.
This consists of the following modules:
Applicants will also need to undergo EUSR / SHEA (Safety, Health and Environmental Awareness) scheme registration, training and testing. This is affiliated with CSCS training. Registration with EUSR / SHEA Telecommunication and is valid for 3 years.
Applicants must then provide a letter of support and a job description form from their employer – if you are self-employed, a letter from yourself covering this information should suffice. Alternatively they must hold a current (up-to-date) Health & Safety Certificate or recognised H&S qualification.
A single, countersigned passport-sized photograph will need to be provided to accompany your application and this will be used to print the holder’s image onto the front of the EUSR card. In addition, clear, legible photocopies of relevant certification relating to qualifications claimed, employer and industry references, and apprenticeship deeds, if applicable, will also be required to validate the application.
Applicants must pass a closed-book SHEA (Safety Health and Environmental Awareness).scheme assessment. The test consists of 45 multiple-choice questions, which are randomly selected from a database of approximately 300. Candidates are allowed a maximum of 30 minutes to complete the assessment. The pass mark to achieve success in the assessment is approximately 85% (38 correct answers out of 45). A Health and Safety Assessment Revision Guide is available to help candidates prepare for their SHEA Health and Safety Assessment.
On successful completion, the candidate will be provided with a CSCS approved Health & Safety Certificate, which is valid for 2 years and enables the candidate to make an application for an EUSR/SHEA card. The assessment must be completed at an approved centre (such as Networks Centre) and cannot be completed at home or online.
No. Applicants who already meet or exceed the required level of Health & Safety knowledge due to existing, approved qualifications held will be exempt from having to undertake the Health & Safety Assessment. Such applicants will need to provide a copy of a current qualification certificate showing that they hold one of the approved exemptions.
There are exemptions, based on assessments previously undertaken and qualifications held, specified on the SHEA and CSCS website that may apply and all such queries should be directed to SHEA / CSCS.
Note: The information provided within this document is based upon current guidance. It is subject to change at any time and therefore further guidance should be obtained where necessary to ensure that information remains current, up to date and is based on any relevant changes. It is anticipated that this document will be altered in due course to reflect any future changes. Whilst it is believed that the information contained in this document is accurate, it is advised that all users rely on their own knowledge and skills when referencing it. No responsibility is assumed for any loss or damage caused by error or omission in this work, and any and all such liability is disclaimed.