Making CPCS Training Choices easy!
If you are looking to complete a CPCS training course, the very first thing you need to do is to make sure that you have your CSCS or as it is also know site safety test. You will not be able to enroll onto a CPCS course if you do not hold this qualification.
In addition the CSCS qualification, although lasting for a full five years to gain entry on site cannot be more than two years old, when doing a CPCS training course
. Don’t worry though, with CSCS centers all over the UK, the short computer touch screen test can be both booked and completed quickly and easily.
The second key piece of information that you will need to book a CPCS training course
is whether you need to do a red or a blue card. It is worth noting that blue cards are equivalent to an NVQ and are designed to show that plant operators are competent in operating a specific category and endorsement of machinery.
Blue cards are regarded by the CITB as the ultimate goal for all plant operators and therefore, once attained can be kept up to date by completing the necessary log book hours and having an up to date CSCS test. If delegates do not keep to these requirements, they must complete both the theory and practical test again to hold a valid qualification.
The other CPCS training course
option is the red card. The red card is known as the trained operators card and is an interim measure before gaining the blue card. If you do not hold enough experience to go for a blue card (2 years consistent experience), then a red card is a good choice.
A red card is useful, as it provides a two year period in which an operator can work on site, before completing the blue card.
The first is if an operator is a complete novice. If you have had no previous experience with the type of plant machinery then you will need both practical and theoretical training before completing the CPCS tests. Therefore a novice red card CPCS training course
is the best option.
In addition if you do have some experience with the type of plant machinery, but are unsure on the theoretical side of the test, a red card, experienced worker CPCS training course
is a good option. This type of course assumes you have enough knowledge to pass the practical test, but provides some extra help in preparing for the theory side, much like revising for the theory part of a normal driving test.
The last factor to bear in mind, is which category you are looking to get qualified in. Remember that the name you know your plant machinery by onsite corresponds to a specific category number and possibly can be further narrowed down to a particular endorsement. For example an A17 C is a telescopic handler, all sizes, excluding a 360 slew. Knowing your category number can make getting a quote, and booking your course quicker and easier.