Things you should know before booking your CPCS course.
Question 1: What CPCS category do I need?
Probably the most important question of all is deciding which of the 66 CPCS training
categories to do and it needn’t be difficult. This decision is often made either by your employer in relation to the role that they need you to do or by your experience to date. It follows that if you have been working with an A09 Forward Tipping Dumper, this is the category you are most likely to want.
Tip: Check the full name and number of your plant category, either with a colleague or on the CPCS website before you make CPCS training
booking enquiry. It will save you loads of time in the long run!
Question 2: Red card or Blue card?
When booking a CPCS training
course, there can be a bit of confusion as to which of the two cards on offer to do. Blue cards are for experienced workers, while red cards are usually for less experienced workers. You would do a blue card if you had over two years consistent experience with the machine and were confident that you could pass both the NVQ assessment and the technical test with no additional training. You would do the red CPCS training
card in two situations. The first would be if you had very little experience with the machine you were looking to get qualified with. In this case you would complete a novice red card course, which would provide practical and theory training before the technical test. The second would be if you some experience with the machine you were looking to get qualified in, so you did not need a novice course, but were unsure that you would pass the technical test without some additional preparation. Then you would do an experienced worker red card course. These usually last two days, providing one day preparation and then the test.
Question 3: What are the pre-requisites for booking a CPCS training
Firstly you must have a CSCS health and safety touch screen test completed successfully before you can be enrolled on the course. While the CSCS cards do last for a duration of five years to gain entry to site, for CPCS courses then must be done a maximum of two years previous to the course. Secondly, candidates will also have to provide their CSCS numbers, date of birth and national insurance number, so their CSCS details can be checked.
Question 4: Once I have a CSCS card, how can I renew it?
Red cards (trained operators) cannot be renewed and last for a duration of two years only. It is expected that candidates will progress onto the blue card (competent operators - NVQ) within this time. Blue cards can be renewed. To do this candidates must always keep their CSCS card up to date and complete the necessary log book hours and send to the CPCS for validation. If candidates do not do this and their blue card expires, they will have to sit the technical test again at their own cost. So it is much more beneficial to keep it all up to date!