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CPCS | Construction Plant Competence Scheme


Construction Plant Competence Scheme (CPCS) provides skills cards for the plant sector of  the UK construction and allied industries. Launched in 2003 with over 300,000 cards issued across 60 categories of plant and related occupations. CPCS maintains its focus that the Scheme is centred on the principles of independent, rigorous assessment of a candidates operating ability and for assurance of competence


CPCS Red Trained Operator Card


CPCS Red Trained Operator Cards are issued on successful completion of a CPCS Theory and Practical Technical Test which must be taken at a CPCS accredited test centre.


All candidates must have achieved the relevant CITB Health, Safety and Environment Test within the last 2 years


CPCS Red Trained Operator Card Upgrade

To upgrade:
    •    Hold a CPCS Red Trained Operator Card for the category which is within 12 months of its expiry date
    •    Pass the relevant CITB health, safety and environment test within the last two years
    •    Achieve an NVQ with the appropriate units relevant to the CPCS category held


CPCS Blue Competent Operator Card


Blue Competent Operator Cards proves that candidates are competent to operate a particular type of plant or perform a specific working duty having successfully completed the relevant NVQ Diploma. That they have the necessary skills, knowledge and behaviour to do the job, the required HS&E training to do it safely and the necessary technical experience operating a particular machine or working duty.

CPCS Blue Competent Operator Card Renewal


Renewing a card within 5 years of expiry.

    •    Hold a CPCS Blue Competent Operator Card for the category which is within five years of expiry date
    •    Pass the relevant CITB health, safety and environment test within the last two years
    •    Pass the CPCS Renewal test for each category held
    •    Demonstrated on-going practical operating experience through a choice of routes:

            - Logbook

            - On-Site Assessment

            - CPCS Practical test

            - VQ

Completion of form F1/3 Application to Renew CPCS Competent Operator Card, to be submitted to the mailing address on the reverse of the application form. There is no need to attach payment as the cost of processing the application is included in the CPCS Renewal test fee.

A02 Crawler Crane over 10 tonnes
A04 Tower Crane
A05 Dragline
A06 Concrete Pump - Truck Mounted Boom
A09 Forward Tipping Dumper
A10 Excavator 180o below 5 tonnes
A12 Excavator 180o above 5 tonnes
A14 Rough Terrain Masted Forklift
A15 Forklift Side-Loader
A16 Industrial Forklift Truck
A17 Telescopic Handler
A18 Reach Truck
A19 Grader
A20 Hoist
A21 Wheeled Loading Shovel


A22 Tracked Loading Shovel
A23 Skid Steer Loader
A24 Motorised Scraper
A25 Mobile Elevating Work Platform – Scissor
A26 Mobile Elevating Work Platform – Boom
A27 Mobile Elevating Work Platform – Mast Climber
A30 Piling Rig – Tripod
A31 Ride on Roller
A32 Soil/Landfill Compactor
A33 Agricultural Tractor
A34 Crawler – Tractor/Dozer
A35 Crawler – Tractor/Side Boom
A36 Lorry Loader
A37 Trencher
A39 Skip Handler
A40 Slinger/Signaller

CITB SSP Tunnelling Safety Training Scheme (TSTS)
A64 CPCS Overhead Travelling Gantry Crane Training & Testing
A67 CPCS Tunnel Locomotive Training & Testing

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