Getting your CPCS course booked.
First of all, most construction worker know that CSCS touch screen test cards are valid for five years in order to let you on site. But did you know that if you want to do a CPCS training
course, you must have a CSCS card that is no more that two years old? If your CSCS card is more than two years old, remember to book a CSCS TST test before you enroll on a CPCS course
as this is one of the prerequisites. It s easy to do as there is centers all over the country and some larger site even have access to mobile testing stations. The CSCS TST doesn’t take long and you get your results instantly.
The next issue, is which card you need to take. You can choose from a red or a blue card. Blue card courses are for workers with more than two years experience as they contain only assessment and no preparation time. If you choose a blue card course you will need to complete the NVQ assessment and then the CPCS course
technical test. The technical test consists of a practical and theoretical test and you must pass the theory before you can move onto the practical. This is why it is so important that you have had enough experience before you choose a blue card course. Red card courses are for workers with less that two years experience.
An experienced worker red card course will include one day prepeation for the theory test and then the theory and practical test. A novice red card course will include both theory and pratical preperation and can be customised to the level of experience that the operator has. No red card course includes a NVQ assessment, but red card courses are only valid for two years, at which point operators or trained operators as they are known, will be require to complete a blue card course to continue to work with this plant. Once you have completed a blue card course, you will then be able to use the title trained operator.
The next really important issue when booking CPCS course
, is making sure that you pick the right category. There are 66 categories to choose from and many have additional endorsements which relate to the weight load or action of the plant. Some of the most popular categories are slinger training
, excavator above 10 tonnes, excavator below 10 tonnes, forward tipping dumper, lifting operations supervisor and telescopic handler.
The telescopic handler is an excellent example of how the categories and endorsements of CPCS training courses
work. A17 is the category number for the telescopic telehandler training
and there are four endorsements to choose from. The first is industrial telescopic, the second is the 360 above 10 tonne, the third is both industrial and 360 and the last is without the 360 slew. Each CPCS course only counts are one category or endorsement so it is really important to get the right one!