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Construction Plant Competence Scheme (CPCS)

The Construction Plant Competence Scheme (CPCS) is a scheme that provides certification for individuals who operate construction plant machinery. The scheme was created to help reduce the risk of accidents and injuries on construction sites by ensuring that plant operators are competent and skilled in their work.

There are a wide range of plant machinery categories covered under the CPCS scheme, including excavators, cranes, bulldozers, and many others. Each category has its own specific requirements for training and assessment, and individuals must complete the relevant training and assessment for the categories they wish to be certified in.

The CPCS is a nationally recognized certification scheme for plant operators and related occupations in the construction industry. The scheme ensures that plant operators are competent and safe in their work, and provides proof of their training and qualifications through the issuance of a skills card. The CPCS Management Committee regularly updates and reviews the scheme to ensure it remains up-to-date with industry standards and technological advances. With over 60 categories of plant and related occupations covered, the scheme provides a comprehensive and widely recognized qualification for those working in the plant sector of the construction and allied industries.











CPCS Red Trained Operator Card

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.

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CPCS Blue Competent Operator Card

The Blue Competent Operator Card shows employers that you are competent to operate a particular type of plant. That you have skills to do the job, the HS&E training needed to do it safely, and real-world experience with a particular type of plant.

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CPCS Tester Card

To become a CPCS tester you must have suitable and sufficient industry and operating knowledge and ability on the category of plant in all its acceptable uses and environments.

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Do I Need A CPCS Card?

The CPCS card is a widely recognized proof of competence for plant operators in the construction industry in the UK. Many employers, including Build UK, require their employees to hold a relevant CPCS card in order to prove their skills and competence in plant operations. By obtaining a CPCS card, individuals can demonstrate their competency to employers and potentially increase their employment opportunities in the construction industry.

How Do I Get a CPCS Card?

To apply for a CPCS card, you will need to provide evidence of your skills, experience, and qualifications. This can be done either online or by contacting a CPCS accredited training provider. The application process typically involves completing an application form, providing proof of identity and qualification, and passing a health and safety test.

To obtain a CPCS card, individuals must undergo a combination of training and testing to demonstrate their knowledge and practical skills. The type of card required depends on the specific plant or machinery being operated and the level of experience of the operator.

Booking CPCS Cards through us is easy –just call us on  020 3411 4939 and a member our team will take care of the rest. If you prefer, you can also apply online at your convenience – simply provide a few personal details and your preferred test and date, and we’ll do the rest.

What is the CITB Health, Safety & Environment Test?

The Health, Safety & Environment Test, also known as the CITB Test, is a mandatory exam that assesses an individual's knowledge and understanding of health and safety practices in the construction industry. The test is designed to ensure that workers have a basic understanding of the potential hazards and risks associated with their job and know how to mitigate those risks to ensure their safety and the safety of others on site.

The test covers a range of topics, including fire safety, manual handling, working at heights, and hazardous substances. The test is available in several versions, each tailored to specific occupations and work environments, such as laborers, supervisors, managers, and operatives working with plant and equipment.

How to Book CPCS Renewal Test?

To renew your CPCS Blue Competent Operator card, you must pass the CPCS Renewal Test. The test is designed to ensure that you have kept your knowledge of each plant category or group of categories held on your card up-to-date. It is essential to renew your card before it expires to continue working on construction sites that require CPCS cards.

CPCS Red Trained Operator Card

The CPCS Red Trained Operator Card is issued upon successful completion of both the CPCS Theory and Practical Technical Tests, which are designed to assess an individual's knowledge and practical skills in operating plant machinery and equipment safely and efficiently.

It's important to note that the CPCS Red Trained Operator Card is valid for two years from the date of issue. To continue working in the construction industry and operating plant machinery and equipment after the card has expired, you will need to undergo further training and take the relevant CPCS tests to obtain a new card.

Booking CPCS Cards Renewal or CPCS Card through us is easy –just call us on  020 3411 4939 and a member our team will take care of the rest.

CPCS Blue Competent Operator Card

CPCS Blue Competent Operator Card confirms that an individual has demonstrated a level of health, safety, and environment awareness through the CITB health, safety, and environment test, underpinning knowledge through a CPCS theory test, operating ability through a CPCS practical test, and operating competence on the type of plant evidenced by a VQ (Vocational Qualification).

To obtain a CPCS Blue Competent Operator Card, an individual must first pass the relevant CPCS Theory and Practical Tests for each plant category or group of categories they wish to be certified in. They must also hold a valid CITB Health, Safety, and Environment Test (or an accepted exemption), which demonstrates their awareness of the basic health, safety, and environmental requirements in the construction industry.