Highfield Level 1 Award in Health and Safety in a Construction Environment


This qualification is designed for learners working in, or aspiring to work in, the construction industry. The qualification is supported by CITB.

The objective of the qualification is to prepare learners for employment in construction. It will give learners the knowledge to undertake their jobs safely. Successful learners who also complete the CITB Operatives Health, Safety and Environment knowledge test fulfil the requirements to apply for the CSCS Labourer’s card.

This qualification covers common hazards and risks in a construction environment, safe manual handling practices, working safely at height and working safely around plant and machinery. It also covers the importance of effective teamwork and communication in ensuring safe working practices are followed in the construction industry.

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Guided Learning hours

The total qualification time for the Level 1 Award is 21 hours. Approximately 4-6 hours are required to complete the e-learning and the remainder of learning would be completed reading  the handbook or reviewing the e-learning course.

Form of Assessment

On completion of the e-learning courses, learners will sit an exam at a convenient time which is invigilated remotely. There are 40 multiple-choice questions. The passmark is 80%. Learners will receive the Highfield Level 1 Award in Health and Safety within a Construction Environment E-certificate.

Candidates must be able to provide one of the following proofs of identity for the examination:

  • a valid passport (any nationality)
  • a signed UK photocard driving licence
  • a valid warrant card issued by HM forces or the police
  • another photographic ID card, e.g. employee ID card, student ID card, travel card.



    • The principles of risk assessment for maintaining and improving health and safety at work
    • The importance of safe manual handling in the workplace
    • The importance of working safely at height in the workplace
    • Risks to health within a construction environment
    • The importance of working around plant and equipment safely
    • Obtaining a CSCS card

Additional information


Level 1 Award, e-learning