Making the right CPCS Training Course Choice
The Construction Plant Competence Scheme (CPCS) is accredited through the Construction Training Industry Board. The scheme providers training across over 66 categories of plant machinery from Crawler Cranes, Draglines, Excavators, Telescopic Handlers to Dumper Trucks. So if you are looking to become a qualified plant operative then a CPCS training course
is for you!
A CPCS training course
is made up of two elements, the practical and the theory test. The theory test comprises of a verbal quiz, which you must pass to be able to go on to the practical test. In the practical, the trainer will ask you to perform a number of maneuvers using your chosen plant machinery, safely. If you pass both you will be entitled to a CPCS red card. This will be valid for two years. Within this time you are expected to begin your NVQ to achieve your blue card. You will not be able to renew your red card if it expires so it is vital that you begin your NVQ training as soon as possible.
As there is such a wide variety of courses on offer, knowing which one you need is essential before contacting any training provider. You need to make sure that you know the name and if possible, the category number of your machine. You also need to know if you will require a novice CPCS training course
or an experienced worker CPCS training course
. Experienced workers are required to have a two year history of working on their chosen machine. Therefore if you have less than this, a novice course may be best suited to you. The novice courses are a little longer, usually around five to ten days compared to the two days for the experienced worker course. However the extra training and practice that they provide are an excellent investment, as the increase your chances of passing the theory and practical tests first time. After all you would not go in for your driving test if you hadn’t had any practice, would you?
It is also important to note that you must have a valid CSCS test before you can enroll onto a CPCS course. Although the tests are valid for 5 years on site, CPCS rules state that your CSCS test must have been completed less than two years ago to complete a CPCS course.
Many categories are further split into classifications related to the type of plant you will be working with. For example excavators can be tracked or wheeled, there are four types of tele-handler and there are four types of dumper. To ensure the process of booking your course is as easy as possible make sure you know which one you need.
Most CPCS courses are conducted at a CPCS endorsed center which you can find located all over the UK. However some of the most rare categories like the Dragline can be done on site. This is because it provides access to the equipment and space on which to operative it in a safe way that CPCS centers could not facilitate.
The advantage of completing a CPCS training course
is that it is the most well know and prestigious pant scheme in the UK. UKGC sites require plant workers to hold the relevant CPCS qualification to work on their sites. This is because it meets the Construction Design Management Regulations of 2007.