CPCS - hints and tips
Knowing your category and endorsement
The first way to save time and hassle when booking a CPCS course
is to know exactly which category you need. There are 66 CPCS categories to choose from and they are spilt into further categories called endorsements.
The categories are linked to either the type of machine like a forward tipping dumper A09, or a telescopic handler A17 or task related to plant machinery, such as A62 crane supervisor.
The endorsements relate to the size, capability or weight load of the piece plant machinery, for example for A57 Dump Truck Rigid Chassis there are four endorsements A; Up to 15 tons, B; Up to 50 tons, C: All sizes wheeled and D: All sizes tracked. Obviously, with such a high number of categories and endorsements, the process of booking a CPCS course
, can be made so much easier by knowing exactly which ones you need. Then the provider can give you an accurate quote and arrange the necessary equipment, with the minimum of hassle.
The second way to simplify the process, is to have a firm idea of the type of CPCS course
you are looking for. There are three main types available and each is customised to a specific level of experience.
This is a really important point, because some operatives try to do a course that does not match there experience level. This can seriously affect their chances of passing. This is because if you do not pass the theory test, you will not be able to progress onto the practical test and have to do them both over again. Read on to find the course that bests suits your experience level.
Novice red card
A red card, novice worker CPCS course
is aimed at those operatives that have little or no experience with the piece of plant in question. These courses include both theory and practical training, before the test so are longer, but maxmise the delegates chances of passing both elements.
Experienced worker red card
An experienced worker red card CPCS course
is designed for those that have around two years experience. It involves a day of preparation for the theory test and a day for the theory and practical. Both the novice and experienced CPCS courses, if successfully completed result in a red card.
A red card shows the holder is a trained operator and is valid for two years. Red card cannot be renewed after the two year validity period so operators that wish to continue to a hold a CPCS qualification need to complete the blue card before this time.
The blue card option is for workers that have over two years experience, there is no preparation for the tests involved, so candidates need to be confident that they can pass the theory and practical test first time. Successfully passing the blue card demonstrates that the delegate is a competent operative. Blue cards can be maintained by keep a log book up to date and getting this validated by the CPCS and by having an in date CSCS test.