Get qualified to operate plant on United Kingdom Contractor Group (UKCG) sites by completing CPCS training.
The CPCS training
scheme has been set up by the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB)to promote competence in operators of plant machinery. It is also known as the Construction Plant Competency Scheme.
In the CPCS training
scheme, there are 66 categories of plant that operators can hold qualifications in. There are two key routes – the red card route and the blue card route. The ultimate aim of the CPCS training
scheme is to get all plant operator qualified to NVQ level. All delegates wishing to complete an CPCS qualification must first have a CSCS Touch Screen Test that was passed in the last two years.
The blue card route is only available to operatives who have over two years experience. This is the straight to NVQ route and consists of completing the NVQ and the technical test. The technical test includes a theory and practical test.
The red card route consists of preparation and then the technical test. The amount of preparation for red card CPCS training
depends on the experience of the delegate. It is recommended that delegates with over two years experience complete a one day theory preparation course. Delegates with less than two years experience are recommended to complete longer preparation sessions. These can be anything from two to eight days depending on the level that the delegate is working at and the plant they are training on. The more training an operative can receive before the test, the better as this increases their change of passing.
The technical test is split into two parts – theory and practical. The theory is a verbal assessment of the information an operator needs to work the equipment safely. It includes details such as maximum and minimum load weights, stability information and where and when the plant should be used. The practical test is when the delegate will be assessed on their skill at driving and operating the plant equipment. They will be asked to complete a number of tasks and manoeuvres showing that they can safely operate the plant to the standard which will be expected on site.
There are some important key issues to bear in mind when booking your CPCS training. These include checking that you have the correct CSCS health and safety touch screen test. For most categories a core CSCS touch screen test is sufficient, however for A61 Appointed Person – Lifting Operations a managerial and professional (MAP) CSCS TST is needed. In addition for the A62 Crane / Lifting – Operations Supervisor a supervisor CSCS TST is needed.
In addition it is worth knowing that if an operative holds a card for the A40 Slinger Banksman and then completes an A61 Appointed Persons – Lifting Operations, they will be eligible for the A62 Crane / Lifting Operations Supervisor as well!
Finding the right category in a location that is suitable for you can be a tricky task! Try using a online search facility. They will be able to compare dates, prices and locations for CPCS training
centers throughout the UK. They will ask you what category you are looking for, so if you are unsure it is best to check with a manager on site.