Avoiding the pitfalls of CPCS
Pitfall to avoid 1: CSCS card
Before you can book any cpcs course
, you must have an up to date CSCS touch screen test (TST). This is a short, interactive test, completed on a touch screen computer. Its tests candidates general health and safety knowledge in the area of construction and is best know as the standard for allowing workers access to site.
The test must be done as a recognised CSCS center. There are centers all over the UK, and some of the larger projects even host mobile centers on site, so you will not have to travel far! For access to site the CSCS TST is valid for five years. However in order to book a cpcs training course
, you must have a test done within the last two years.
Pitfall to avoid 2: Booking too little preparation
One of the most common CPCS training
pitfalls that can result in candidates failing their CPCS tests is that they over estimate their experience and book CPCS courses with too little preparation included. Its really important to remember that you will sit you theory and practical in the same day. If you do not pass the theory part you will not be allowed to progress to the practical part of the test. As you will have paid for this already, it is a very real issue that some candidates loose out this way. So, how can you prevent this happening to you?
Firstly make sure that you are aiming for the right CPCS qualification. There are two available, the trainer operator (red card) or competent operator (blue card). If you are a complete novice then there is no point trying to get your blue card straight away, you need to stagger your training to ensure you get the correct amount of experience.
So beginners, should go for a red card, novice worker course. This usually includes several days of theory and practical preparation and can be tailored to the individual. This then provides the best chance for the candidate to pass the tests.
Those with some experience (around two years), should go for an experienced worker course. This is usually a two day course. The first day is taken up with theory test preparation and the second day with testing. No practical preparation is included as this course assumes experience with this.
Those with over two years experience may choose to do a blue card course. The blue card, as long as the CSCS TST and log book hours are kept in date will last you for you whole career, while the red card only lasts for two years. Red cards cannot be renewed, so candidates must progress onto a blue card at this time.
Blue card courses include no preparation at all. The first part of the course is to complete the NVQ, where an assessor will observe you. This can either be done in a traditional format over a few months or a EWPAR format, over a day. Once this has been passed, candidates will also need to pass the theory and practical tests.
So it is easy to see, why some people rush to get a blue card, or try to save money and complete an experienced worker red card, when they actually need the additional preparation of a novice course. Think very carefully before you book, as choosing the right course to begin with can really save you time, money and effort in the long run.
Pitfall to avoid 3: Not knowing which course you need
It is now possible to book cpcs courses
online. This is a fantastic opportunity to get a great deal, while saving time. One phone call and an online solutions provider cab sort it all for you!
However, to make this process as easy as possible, be absolutely sure of which of the CPCS courses you need, including their CPCS code and endorsement. Some of the most popular CPCS courses include A17, Telehandler, A40,banksman training
, A09 forward tipping dumper, A59excavator above 10 tonne, and A58 excavator below 10 tonnes. For courses such as the telehandler training
, there are four different categories of endorsement A,- industrial B- exc 360 slew C inc 360 slew D – all of the above. It will really help speed the booking process, if you know which endorsement you need.