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  Registration & Grading





Why Register with the SNIJIB?

The SNIJIB [Scottish and Northern Ireland Joint Industry Board] is the only organisation in Scotland and Northern Ireland that issues "Plumber" CSCS cards.

Being registered and graded with the SNIJIB :

  • Provides you with evidence that you are recognised by the Industry. A valid SNIJIB/CSCS card is proof of your skills, qualification and of passing an industry recognised health and safety test.
  • We use a standard card design which can be recognised and used UK wide.
  • You can apply for health and safety tests & upgrades with the SNIJIB.
  • You will be reminded when your SNIJIB CSCS card is due to expire. (Do we have your correct details? Let us know at info@snijib.org).

For details on how to register, please see the Grading definitions and conditions in the SNIJIB National Working Rules here.


  • Apprentice
  • Plumber
  • Advanced Plumber
  • Technician Plumber
  • Heating Fitter
  • Heating Engineer
  • Heating Technician
  • Gas Service Fitter
  • Gas Service Engineer
  • Gas Service Technician
  • Mechanical Pipe Fitter
  • Advanced Mechanical Pipe Fitter
  • Plumbing Related Occupation
  • Site Visitor
  • General Operative
  • Labourer
  • Supervisor
  • Manager


The SNIJIB will only issue a Grading Card with a valid CSCS.



5 Steps to renewing your SNIJIB CSCS grade card

1. Pass a health and safety test & submit score report/ certificate

2. Send us a passport style photograph

3. Submit Grading Application Form

4. Pay relevant fee

5. Wait for your new SNIJIB CSCS card (4-6 weeks)


An employee who requires a grade card which is not listed in the occupations above, may wish to apply for the Plumbing Related Occupation card. Please ask you employer to get in touch with us directly, as current employment is a requirement.

Please see our Plumbing Related Occupation List for a list of job titles relating to this card.


Operatives (or employers on behalf of their employees) may wish to apply to upgrade their current registered grade with the SNIJIB. Upgrading may enable operatives the opportunity to apply for SNIPEF training courses, or be eligible for a higher rate of pay.

5 Steps to upgrade your current SNIJIB/CSCS card:

1. Check to see if you meet the criteria here.

2. Provide the Upgrade Application Form/letter from your employer (*)

3. Provide a passport style photograph

4. Provide proof of a valid CSCS/ sit a health and safety test

5. Pay relevant upgrade fee

Your SNIJIB CSCS card will follow within 6 weeks.

(*) Please note: If you do not have an employer, you can provide the upgrade form/ letter from a company which you have completed sub-contracting work for.


If you haven’t yet been graded with the SNIJIB before, you can apply for a First Time Grading. Depending on which Grade you are applying for, we may need to see proof of your skills/ experience via copies of your qualifications, apprenticeship and/or letters of reference from employers.

5 Steps to First Time Grading:

1. Check to see if you meet the criteria here.

2. Provide proof of a valid CSCS/ sit a health and safety test

3. Provide copies of any relevant qualifications/ apprenticeships (if required)

4. Provide a passport style photograph

5. Pay First time grading fee (*)

Your SNIJIB CSCS card will follow within 6 weeks.

(*) If you require  a Labourer or General Operative card you do not need to supply copies of qualifications or apprenticeships.










GRADING CARD        £45        £52        £64
APPRENTICE REGISTRATION* AND COMPLETION        £59**        £119      £178
UPGRADE CARD        £26        £29        £36
REPLACEMENT CARD        £15        £19        £25
1st EVER REGISTRATION AND GRADING        £63        £87      £131


Note: Operatives can order a FAST TRACK card for £91 (takes 2-3 working days).

Apprentice registration fees

*Apprentice registration fee will cover the SNIJIB apprentice registration, SNIJIB Certificate of Completion of Apprenticeship and issue of an individual’s first SNIJIB CSCS/CSR Plumber Registration and Grading Card.

**Where the apprentice is funded through SNIPEF Training Services Ltd in Scotland this charge will be paid by SNIPEF Training Services Ltd. In Northern Ireland employers can apply for a £25 CITB (NI) grant when the first CSCS SNIJIB plumber card is obtained at the completion of the 4 year period of apprenticeship.

Request for Duplicates


Training Agreement or Completion of Apprenticeship Certificates & qualifications £26
Any other SNIJIB authorisation document £15


Annual affiliation fee £155


A request for registration and grading where qualifications have been sat out with the UK must be at least the equivalent to the SVQ/NVQ level 3.

You can have qualifications translated by contacting NARIC on 0871 3307033 (NARIC charge you for this service).

The SNIJIB will review your request for grading when in receipt of:

  • the registration and grading application here
  • proof of 4 years employment as an apprentice
  • copies of the equivalent qualification the Modern apprenticeship in Domestic Plumbing SVQ/NVQ level 3


Registration and Grading Definitions

SNIJIB Grading Fee Structure

Grading Application Form

Plumbing Related Occupation List

Upgrade Application Form

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