CPCS Plant Training Courses


New CPCS Centre now open

We are delighted to announce the opening of our brand new 3 acre CPCS plant training and testing centre in Birmingham.

The new training and test centre is situated off a main road in the heart of Birmingham, less than 5 minutes from the M6 and connecting motorways and within a 15 minute drive of Birmingham City Centre.

The training and test centre facilitates a fully accredited touch screen health & safety test centre, the use of 2 classrooms and a whole host of plant machinery to include digger, dumper, 360 excavator,  telehandler & Cranes.


Please find an overview of our most popular courses:




CPCS Plant Training

The best of four worlds

Central Construction Training is an approved CPCS test centre and accredited NPORS training provider. In addition to this we are an accredited EWPAR ‘Experienced Worker Practical Assessment Route’ NVQ centre and accredited under the OSAT ‘On-Site Assessment and Training’ route to NVQ.

The two schemes we operate for plant training/testing gives you the choice to decide which is the most effective and suitable solution for your business needs.




From RED to BLUE

Once you gain your red CPCS trained operator card it is valid for 2 years.

Within this period you must successfully complete a National Vocational Qualification (NVQ) in every category you hold on your red card. You can then apply to CPCS with copies of your NVQ certificates in order to gain you Blue CPCS Competent Operator Card.

Being an accredited EWPAR centre offers massive advantage to our customers ensuring that learners have the option to complete their NVQ qualification whilst they are at our training centre and progress straight from red trained operator card to a blue skilled competency card without delay.

If EWPAR is not your preferred option we are also a fully accredited provider of OSAT ‘On Site Assessment and Training’ NVQ’s meaning we can enrol you straight onto your NVQ so you can progress to the blue card at your own pace with the guidance and coaching of our experienced assessors who will come out to visit you at your place of work.



CPCS Plant Training and Tests

Ensuring that your plant operators hold industry recognised qualifications is a must if you want to work with major contractors and builders in the UK

Our training courses will ensure that your operators are safe and efficient in their jobs and working in line with the very latest legislation.

Putting it simply, holding a CPCS card will get you on any site in the UK as a plant operative.

Fully trained operatives will help secure your future.

We are accredited by the Construction Plant Competence Scheme (CPCS) to offer training and tests in the following categories:



Why choose us?

Central Construction Training Ltd pledge to offer a complete end to end service.

From enrolment through to CPCS card applications we are on hand to offer guidance and support as well as a truly professional and occupationally competent assessment.

Our expert trained bookings and administration team are constantly available to offer support and advice. We are dedicated to offering the best customer service so if you have a particular requirement speak to us and we will do our best to assist you.

We are here to offer you the best advice and support on taking the CITB touch screen test, gaining you CPCS card and progressing through the scheme.



An individually tailored service

Need a 360 excavator but don’t require the whole 10 day training?

Require a telehandler course but you can’t afford the 4 day down time?

With many CPCS training centres offering extended and timetabled training courses, many employers and individuals are suffering the costs and loss of work time in attending training courses that are not specifically tailored to their needs just because it is the only course available.

Our bespoke service delivery ensures that our customers will only pay for the training they require.

We can tailor all our training packages to ensure you get the exact amount of training you require before you do the CPCS test.
If you are very experienced and you only require the CPCS test that is okay too.

Speak to our expertly trained and friendly booking team about your training requirements and see how we can maximise the benefits of the training experience by ensuring a wholly individual and bespoke approach to our service and delivery.



Funding & Costs:

Our partnership networks and alliances help ensure we can access as many sources of funding as possible.

Our own funding contract will provide a substantial relief toward the cost of your training and tests.

In addition to this we are experts in CITB grants and we will help ensure that all CITB levy paying customers maximise the benefits of the scheme by claiming the maximum grant allowance for each item of plant they require.

The fact that we own most of our machinery means we can deliver the training to our clients at highly competitive rates. Where we do require plant machinery hire, we work in partnership with many local hire companies to ensure, not only the quickest and most efficient service, but also vastly discounted rates which we can pass onto our customers.

We remain committed to being competitive on pricing whilst ensuring the quality of our training and delivery continues to be outstanding.



NPORS Plant Operator Testing

The National Plant Operators Registration Scheme (NPORS) accreditation offers something a little different to CPCS.

Whilst it not as widely recognised as CPCS, it is gaining popularity with contractors due to the flexibility of the scheme and some of the more specialist categories of plant it offers for testing.

With NPORS, we can come and test your candidates on site rather than bringing them into the test centre. This is particularly useful where transport is an issue for a candidate or where the workforce cannot operate without a ‘full gang’ so having one person away disrupts work too much.

Please contact if you are interested in the NPORS route. We will advise you which is the best scheme for you based on your needs and what you want to achieve.



CPCS Catagories

Code Description
A02B CPCS Crawler Crane over 10 tonnes
A04A CPCS Tower Crane – Trolley Jib
A04B CPCS Tower Crane – Luffing Jib
A05 CPCS Dragline
A06 CPCS Truck Mounted Boom Concrete Pump
A09A CPCS Forward Tipping Dumper – Wheeled
A09B CPCS Forward Tipping Dumper – Tracked
A10 CPCS Excavator 180° below 5 tonnes
A12 CPCS Excavator 180° above 5 tonnes
A14 CPCS Rough Terrain Forklift/Masted Truck
A16 CPCS Industrial Forklift Truck
A17A CPCS Telescopic Handler – Industrial Telescopic
A17B CPCS Telescopic Handler – Up to 9 metres
A17C CPCS Telescopic Handler – All sizes exc. 360 slew
A17D CPCS Telescopic Handler – All sizes inc. 360 slew
A19 CPCS Grader
A20A CPCS Hoist – Rack & Pinion Goods
A20B CPCS Hoist – Passenger/Goods combined
A20C CPCS Hoist – Rope Operated Goods
A21 CPCS Wheeled Loading Shovel
A22 CPCS Tracked Loading Shovel
A23 CPCS Skid Steer Loader
A24 CPCS Motorised Scraper
A25 CPCS Mobile Elevating Work Platform – Scissor
A26A CPCS Mobile Elevating Work Platform – Boom – Vehicle Mounted
A26B CPCS Mobile Elevating Work Platform – Boom – Self Propelled
A27 CPCS Mobile Elevating Work Platform – MastClimber
A31 CPCS Ride on Roller
A32 CPCS Soil-Landfill Compactor
A33 CPCS Agricultural Tractor
A34 CPCS Crawler – Tractor/Dozer
A35 CPCS Crawler – Tractor/Side Boom
A36A CPCS Lorry Loader – Hook
A36B CPCS Lorry Loader – Clamshell Bucket
A36C CPCS Lorry Loader – Hydraulic Clamp
A37 CPCS Trencher
A39 CPCS Skip Handler
A40 CPCS Slinger/Signaller
A42 CPCS Crusher
A43 CPCS Screener
A44 CPCS Trailer Mounted Concrete Pump
A45 CPCS Piling Rig – Driven below 15 tonnes
A46 CPCS Piling Rig – Driven above 15 tonnes
A47 CPCS Piling Rig – Bored below 15 tonnes
A48 CPCS Piling Rig – Bored above 15 tonnes
A50 CPCS Loader/Securer – STGO
A56A CPCS Dump Truck – Articulated Chassis – Up to 15 tonnes
A56B CPCS Dump Truck – Articulated Chassis – All Sizes
A57A CPCS Dump Truck – Rigid Chassis – Up to 15 tonnes
A57B CPCS Dump Truck – Rigid Chassis – Up to 50 tonnes
A57C CPCS Dump Truck – Rigid Chassis – All sizes (wheeled)
A57D CPCS Dump Truck – Rigid Chassis – Tracked
A58A CPCS Excavator 360° below 10 tonnes – Tracked
A58B CPCS Excavator 360° below 10 tonnes – Wheeled
A59A CPCS Excavator 360° above 10 tonnes – Tracked
A59B CPCS Excavator 360° above 10 tonnes – Wheeled
A60A CPCS Mobile Crane – Blocked Duties only
A60B CPCS Mobile Crane – Pick-and-carry duties only
A60C CPCS Mobile Crane – All Duties
A61 CPCS Appointed Person – Lifting Operations
A62 CPCS Crane/Lifting Operations Supervisor
A63A CPCS Pedestrian Operated Tower Crane – Up to 36m – 100m/te
A63B CPCS Pedestrian Operated Tower Crane – Inclined Jib
A66A CPCS Compact Crane – Static-stabilisers
A66B CPCS Compact Crane – Mobile Industrial
A66C CPCS Compact Crane – Luffing Static Duties
A66D CPCS Compact Crane – 360 – Pick and Carry