How to choose and book the correct CPCS course.
Firstly, identify which category or categories it is that you need. As there are 66 on offer, including excavators, dumpers, rollers,wheeled loading shovels and crane courses, the more specific you can be; the better. Some categories also have endorsements which relate to more specific aspects of the equipment you will be using such as height, load or type, so be sure you have as much information on the piece of plant as possible. While it is possible to book more than one CPCS course, many candidates that are self funded choose to complete one category at a time, as this is a more cost effective option.
Secondly, your previous experience with the specific type of plant you wish to become qualified in, will affect the type and the length ofthe course that is suitable for you. If you have less than two years experience, it is likely you will be advised to take a novice or foundation CPCS course. The foundation CPCS course can range from 3-6 days depending on the category and the level of experience of the delegate. These courses are designed to give the delegate the best possible chance of passing the theory and practical assessments carried out on the last day of the course. If you have more than two years experience, you will have the choice of completing an experienced worker red card course orgoing straight to the NVQ (blue card). The advantages for experienced workers off completing the red card CPCS course, is that it only take two days. Once the theory and practical tests on the second day have been passed, the candidate then has a CPCS red card which enables them to work on site for 2 years. Candidates are then expected to progress to the blue card (NVQ) within these two years. The advantage an experienced worker of doing a straight to blue CPCS course, is that they get to skip the red card stage, becoming fully qualified in one step. However, candidates will also have to pass the theory and practical tests in their categories and as well as completing the NVQ which can be done over a period of time on site or as a 1 day EWPAR.
Once you have established the category and level of the course you wish to book, you can locate a course provider offering it in a location that is convenient to you. The best way to compare locations, prices and dates is to contact an online service provider. As they work with a large selection of training centres, they will be able to offer the best match for your needs.
When you contact your online training provider to book the course, they will need the following information from you. They will take your date of birth, national insurance number and CSCS number. This is so they can check your CSCS TST (Health and Safety Touch Screen Test) details. You will need a CSCS TST, passed in the last 2 years to be able to sit a CPCS course. It is important, not to confuse this with the 5 year validity of your CSCS TST to grant you access to site.