If you are looking to get qualified for work on a construction site - choose a CITB Health and Safety training course.
To maintain your employability in a market that demands high standards and up to date training, you may wish to consider a CITB Health and Safety
The Construction Training Industry Board (CITB) offers a range of qualification schemes designed to meet strict standards within the construction industry. The two key schemes for those in the industry are the Construction Plant Competence Scheme (CPCS) and the Site Safety Plus Scheme.
Although they are both CITB Health and Safety
schemes, there are some key differences between them. The CPCS scheme is designed to show that plant workers are competent whilst operating plant machinery, where as the Site Safety Plus scheme relates more to general construction standards in health and safety.
The CPCS scheme has 66 plant categories to choose from. Those candidates looking to get a CITB Health and Safety
CPCS qualification can get a red or blue card. Blue card are only available to those who have over two years experience. They include completing an NVQ and the CPCS technical test.
Red cards are available for novice and experienced workers. Those opting for a red card will need to sit their CSCS Health and Safety Touch Screen Test. Once they have passed this, they are then eligible to sit a CPCS technical test. The CPCS test consists of two parts. There is a theory part and a practical part. Candidates that do not pass the theory, cannot progress on to the practical test.
Before sitting the test, most candidates do some preparation. The preparation is a formal training session with the training provider run before the test. Providers assess candidates on their experience. If they have two or more years experience driving the specific piece of plant they are being tested on, candidates are usually deemed to be experienced workers and so can do a single days theory preparation before taking the course. However if they have less than two years experience, trainers will provide a foundation course which can be anything from 2-8 days depending on the level of experience, confidence of the client and type of plant.
Once the candidate has passed their red card, they have two years to go on and complete their blue card. This leads to their NVQ. Candidates should be aware that they can only hold their red card for 2 years and no extensions or renewals can be given. They must go on to their blue card if they wish to maintain their CITB Health and Safety
The Site Safety Plus scheme consists of seven CITB Health and Safety
courses. There are one day courses such as Health & Safety Awareness and Achieving Behavioural Change. Two day courses such as SSSTS, SMTS Refresher, Site Sustainability Simplified and the PMSTS refresher. Three days courses such as: Site Safety for Shopfitters and Interior Contractors and five day courses such as the SMSTS and PMSTS full courses. When making the choice of which course to do, talk to your chosen training provider to make sure the course is relevant for your role and level of experience.