CPCS Training Courses

Central Construction Training Ltd is an expert training provider for the construction industry. From our specialist centre near Birmingham, we provide a wide range of in-house and accredited health-and-safety training, NVQs, CITB, CSCS and CPCS testing for all categories of plant operations and specialist lifting

The Construction Plant Competence Scheme (CPCS) is designed to demonstrate the abilities and skills of construction plant operators. Since it was launched in 2003, more than 300,000 cards have been issued in many different categories of plant and related skills. These cards both identify the competence of the holders in specific areas and also create standards that are needed to ensure the minimum health and safety in the construction industry. Membership is voluntary, but many construction sites and related work environments require them.

There are two main types of CPCS operator cards: the Red Trained Operator Card, which demonstrates attainment of core skills, knowledge and understanding, and the Blue Competent Operator Card, which requires a wider range of skills, training and experience. A Red Trainer Card will allow you to work in carded areas of a worksite for two years and progress towards an NVQ, which is required for a Blue card.

CPCS training providers

To qualify for a Red Trained Operator card, you must first pass a relevant CITB HS&E test. Following this, you must complete two technical tests in the relevant category for your work, which includes a theoretical test and a practical test. There are various training providers that offer courses to provide you with the skills you need to pass the two technical tests for your specialist plant skills. The courses vary in duration according to the particular course.

If you already hold the relevant NVQ, you will need to pass the CITB HS&E test and the two relevant technical tests to qualify for the Blue Competent Card Operator. The Blue Competent Operator Card is valid for five years and is renewable.

At Central Construction Training we can provide CPCS training and testing for all types of testing for all plant operators, slinger/signallers and individuals whose work involves lifting operations. This includes excavator 360dumper training and forward tipping dumper training; training and testing for agricultural tractors; telehandler and telescopic forklift training, and the digger test. Those with relevant experience will be able to add on the NVQ assessment at the same time to progress straight to the 5 Year CPCS Blue Competent Operator card.

Why should someone choose Central Construction Training for their CPCS training and CPCS test?

Central Construction Training are experts in health and safety for the construction industry, and we provide bespoke training for your business in all areas. Not only is our training compliant with the latest legislation and regulations, but it is also fun and provides an interactive experience for all learners. Our CPCS testing centre is in Cannock, West Midlands, and we can also provide the HS&E touch screen test.

Using our own trainers and testers, we strive to keep costs down for businesses and help process CITB levy and grant scheme claims. We provide a fast and efficient turnaround for all certification and card schemes, including the prerequisite CPCS online test. Our courses are continually updated, and we will be pleased to advise you on the most suitable training for your business’s needs.

Call Central Construction Training’s advice team for more information on the CPCS today.

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