CPCS Cards


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What?

Launched in 2003, CPCS Cards from the CPCS (Construction Plant Competence Scheme) is the most widely recognised card scheme in the UK construction industry. It is controlled and run by the CITB (Construction Industry Training Board).

Why?

The main reason for the CPCS card scheme is to make sure that all UK plant operatives are working to the highest possible standards by following the same set of rules and procedures.

Who?

Anyone who works in the UK construction industry, with plant, needs CPCS cards, as most plants run by UKCG (United Kingdom Contractors Group) now require them.

Two types of cards

TRAINED OPERATOR (Red)

Shows that you’ve been tested to meet all CPCS standards.

Demonstrates a level of core skills, knowledge and understanding that can be applied in the workplace until measured as competent against national standards.

COMPETENT OPERATOR (Blue)

Shows that you’re a fully qualified plant operative.

Demonstrates an advanced level of health and safety awareness through health, safety and environment testing, building upon and underpinning knowledge from core testing at the Trained Operator level.

TWO ROUTES OF ENTRY

Candidates can take one of two routes of entry into the CPCS scheme, leading to the attainment of the competent operator card. One route involves a two-step process, which provides the candidate with a Trained Operator qualification first (red card), then uses this as a foundation to build full competency (blue card). The alternative route bypasses the red card, instead going straight to a Competent Operator Card (blue). This involves undertaking both core and advanced testing.

Three steps to getting yours

Complete your CPCS Technical Testing and CPCS Training and you are eligible for a Red Trained Operator card

Complete a part of a National Vocational Qualification (NVQ) in your relevant occupation and you can apply for your Blue Competent Card, which will last for five years

Renew your blue card every five years by taking a theory renewal test and providing proof of practical experience in your professional occupation

CONTACT US

If you’re looking for a bespoke training package, need help with a booking or want to find out more about CPCS, we’re always happy to help. Simply call 01606 339 414 or email us at info@ncts.co.uk

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