CPCS

What is CPCS?

CPCS is recognised by the UK Contractors Group (UKCG) and Major Home Builders Group (MHBG), amongst others, as the preferred card to comply with codes of practice for competence and certification. It was launched in 2003 at the request of employers, to help them comply with regulations and requirements, and aims to apply common standards for all plant operators.  CPCS covers a large range of plant and plant-related categories, and more are continually added.

CPCS is owned by the Construction Industry Training Board (otherwise known as CITB) which allocates staff to manage and administer it on behalf of the CPCS Management Committee that develops its policy and strategy.

 

Trained Operator (Red) Card

Trained Operator (Red) card is a two year card that is non renewable.

The requirements for this card are:

 

  • Carry out any training necessary to bring you up to the standard required to enable them to pass the CPCS Technical Test, this can be delivered by a Trainer.
  • Pass the relevant CITB Health, safety and environment test
  • Achieve the CPCS Theory Test (within two years of the CITB Health, safety and environment test)
  • Achieve the CPCS Practical Test (within six months of the CPCS Theory Test and within two years of the CITB Health, safety and environment test).
  • Both CPCS Theory and Practical Tests are delivered by an accredited CPCS Test Centre.

On achievement of the CPCS Practical Test, Rowan Training Services will request the CPCS Trained Operator (Red) card on your behalf.

 

Competent Operator (Blue) Card

A five-year card which is renewable for those who have demonstrated a level of competence

Demonstrable skills required are:

 

  • Health, safety and environment awareness through the CITB Health, safety and environment test
  • Underpinning knowledge and understanding through the CPCS Theory Test
  • Operating ability through the CPCS Practical Test
  • Proven operating competence through achievement of a relevant SVQ or NVQ.

 

Moving from a Trained Operator (Red) card to a Competent Operator (Blue) card?

The requirements to obtain this card are that you:

  • Hold a valid CPCS Trained Operator card on the category that must be within the 12 month grace period
  • Pass the relevant CITB Health, safety and environment test
  • Achieve a SVQ or NVQ, with the appropriate units relevant to the category

 

Working directly towards a Competent Operator (Blue) card?

The requirements to obtain this card are to:

 

  • Provide proof of achievement of the SVQ or NVQ for the relevant units to the category being applied for and provide this to the CPCS Test Centre upon undertaking the CPCS Practical Test
  • Pass the relevant CITB Health, safety and environment test
  • Achieve the CPCS Theory Test (within two years of the CITB Health, safety and environment test)
  • Achieve the CPCS Practical Test (within six months of the CPCS Theory Test and within two years of the CITB Health, safety and environment test)

 

Both CPCS Theory and Practical Tests are delivered by Rowan Training Services.

On achievement of the CPCS Practical Test, Rowan Training Services will request the CPCS Competent Operator card on your behalf.

On receipt of your first Competent Operator card, you will be sent a CPCS Logbook.  The role of the Logbook is to record life-long learning and evidence towards the renewal of a Competent Operator card.