CPCS Novice Courses

CPCS card provides proof that individuals have the required training and qualifications for the type of work they carry out. The CPCS Red Trained Operator Card is issued on successful completion of the CPCS Theory and Practical Technical Tests which must be taken with a CPCS-accredited test centre.

What are the benefits of this Level 2 NVQ?

What are the benefits of a CPCS card?

  • provide identification for plant operators and those involved with plant operations by recognising skills, knowledge, understanding, competence and qualifications

Frequently asked questions

The Construction Plant Competence Scheme (CPCS) provides skills cards for the plant sector of the Construction and allied industries. It was launched in 2003 and since then over 300,000 cards have been issued across 64 categories of plant and related occupations.

The CPCS card system serves as a reliable testament to an individual's competence and proficiency in operating specific plant machinery or equipment within the construction industry. Each card signifies a varying level of expertise, experience, and competency.

The National Plant Operators Registration Scheme (NPORS) is a comparable alternative to CPCS, offering similar accredited training and recognition. However, distinctions include: • NPORS is generally more cost-effective than CPCS. • NPORS training can be completed on-site or at the training provider's location, while CPCS training is limited to certified centers. • CPCS cards are more widely accepted by employers, especially on larger contractor sites, compared to NPORS.

The Blue 'Competent Operator' CPCS card signifies a higher level of proficiency and competency. To obtain this card, individuals must: • Have at least six months of on-site experience in the specified plant category. • Complete a (construction) plant or lifting operations NVQ. • Pass the CITB / CPCS Health, Safety & Environment Test. To book, Click Here The Blue CPCS card demonstrates proven competence, allowing individuals to operate unsupervised and potentially supervise Red 'Trained Opera

The Red 'Trained Operator' CPCS card is an entry-level qualification acknowledging successful completion of training, including: • Passing the CITB / CPCS health, safety, and environment test. To book, Click Here • Completing the CPCS theory test. • Passing the relevant CPCS practical test for the specified plant category. This card demonstrates the completion of training and basic operating skills but doesn't validate full competence.

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