The Construction Plant Competency Scheme (CPCS) is designed to encourage the qualification of plant operatives throughout the UK. There are 66 different categories delegates can train to use and one of the most requested is the A17 or telescopic handler.
There are four endorsements or subcategories of telehandler training
, available. Endorsement A is for the Industrial Telescopic Handler, endorsement B is the up to 9 meters machine, C is all sizes ex.360 degree slew, which qualifies delegates to drive categories A and B as well, and finally D category which is allows them to drive all sizes including the 360 degree slew.
Before taking your CPCS telehandler training
, you must have a valid CSCS TST at the correct level. Telehandler training
, requires a core CSCS TST. This must have been successfully completed in the last two years, even though they are valid for five years for entry to site.
The telehandler training
, is an on centre category, which means it must be completed at a registered CPCS centre. These centres operate through the UK. If you are looking for the closest centre for you, contact an online service provider who can locate and compare possible venues.
There are two CPCS routes to choose from, known as red cards and blue cards. The blue cards are held by competent operatives and demonstrate that they have been trained to an NVQ level. The red cards, are for trained operatives, and they allow delegates to work on site for up to two years, while they complete their NVQ. Both cards require the operator to successfully complete the CSCS TST, CPCS theory and CPCS Practical tests. Red cards last only for two years, while blue cards last for five. Operatives cannot renew their red cards at the end of the two year period, and must progress onto their blue card if they wish to keep a valid CPCS qualification. Operatives may renew their blue cards by maintaining a current CSCS TSTS and submitting an up to date log book to the CPCS in the allotted time frame. If operatives fail to do this, they will have to site the CPCS theory and practical tests again.
The route you should choose depends on the level of experience you have with the telescopic handler. If you have no previous experience, then the red card route is for you. You can complete novice, red card telehandler training
, which usually takes around three days. Then you take the technical test, which includes the theory and a practical assessment. This is done on a single day, making four days in total.
If you have over two years experience with the telescopic handler you can choose to complete an experienced worker red card or do a straight to blue course. The experienced worker red card, consists of one days preparation and then the technical test. The straight to blue course consists of a single day NVQ know as a EWPAR, and delegates would then need to complete a technical test. They key difference is that the blue card courses include no test preparation at all, so are only suitable for the most experienced and confident workers.
It is important to bear in mind that experience and preparation really are the key to successfully passing any CPCS course. Working in a very similar way to a normal driving test, the more experience you can gain before the test the better.