CPCS training courses
are offered at two different levelsL trained operator (red card) or competent operator (blue card). There are various routes to choose from to attain the correct level for you. Identifying the appropriate level is your first task.
If you have less than two years experience, one of the intermediate or novice courses will be suitable for you. These last for around four days, cover practical and theory training and include the technical test. If you pass the technical test successfully you will be awarded a red card. This is valid for you to work on site for two years, during which time you will need to complete a blue card.
If you have more than two years experience operating the piece of plant, you can either complete an experienced worker red card or an NVQ. The experienced worker red card will qualify you as a trained operator, but for experienced workers will only require a two day course. These usually consist of a single days course preparation, focusing on the theory side of the test and a day for the testing.
The NVQ option will qualify you as a competent operator (blue card) and there are two route to choose from. The first is enrolling on a NVQ scheme, where the assessor will come to your site on a number of occasions and assess your competence. The second is the one day EWPAR option, where the assessor will condense all of your observations into a single day, saving you time. For both NVQ options, you will also need to complete the CPCS technical test, before being awarded the blue card.
The key advantages of the different routes to CPCS qualification, is that there is a level of training that will suit your experience, allowing you to gain access to this no matter where you are starting from.