Withdrawal of the Experienced Worker Practical Assessment (EWPA)
After lengthy consultation with several key groups including; the Construction Plant Association (CPA), ConstructionSkills, Quality Engineering Contractors Association (CECA), Build UK and Federation of Piling Specialists (FPS), the Sector Skills Council announced in July 2017 that the Experienced Worker Practical Assessment (EWPA) NVQ route would no longer be accepted as of the 31st December 2017 for plant machinery based qualifications.
The EWPA route will still be valid for non-plant machinery qualifications but has been deemed as not suitable for those who wish to progress from the CPCS Trained Operator ‘Red’ card to the CPCS Competent Operator ‘Blue’ card. Instead, candidates will need to complete on-site assessment and training (OSAT) in order to obtain their NVQ.
As a result, as of the 1st January 2018, CPCS trainers will no longer be able to offer the Straight to Blue card package which combined the CPCS technical tests and a EWPA in one course. Candidates will now have to complete an OSAT assessment which includes the trainer recording their using the machine as part of the evidence required for the NVQ.
If a candidate is unable to undertake an OSAT assessment, they will need to contact the CPCS directly to arrange for special measures. At this stage, it has not been confirmed as to what the CPCS can organise for these candidates however, they have suggested that simulated testing may be possible in the future.