BookMyCourse are an online training solutions provider, offering Construction Plant Competence Scheme (CPCS) training courses at locations nationwide. From Slinger Signaller to Telehandler, Digger Driver to Dumper Driver, in fact whatever type of CPCS training you’re looking for, Bookmycourse can help!
Those working on construction sites need to be competent when operating plant and machinery and be aware of the health and safety of others around them. Through competency, they lower the risk to themselves and others on the site allowing them to work more safely. Successfully completing a specific CPCS training course related to their job role and requirements, enables them to be competent onsite and undertake all work safely.
We are only displaying a limited schedule of course dates at this point as many training providers have paused operations during the current phase of the Coronavirus Pandemic. However, some providers are running a reduced programme of courses at this point with appropriate social distancing and other control measures. The running of all future courses will be determined by Government Advice at the time. Any course enquiries received for future courses will be checked by our operational team to ensure that the individual course is still planned and what arrangements will be with specific training providers in the event of course cancellations and rescheduling arrangements.
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There are many CPCS categories related to various areas of construction activity, whether this activity is working with heavy plant equipment, working with cranes or planning lifting operations. CPCS courses fall within these categories, including; heavy equipment (such as tractors, bulldozers and dumper trucks), lifting equipment (such as crane and forklift trucks) and mobile elevated work platforms (such as scissor lifts).
The CPCS Certification Card scheme proves the skills of plant operators and is the mostly widely recognised scheme for plant safety. CPCS cards are issued on successful completion of competence programs that include both theory and practical tests. This helps to demonstrate the operating skills and health and safety awareness of workers. On many sites, a CPCS card is a mandatory requirement to operate plant on site; for example, on UKCG sites.
There are many types of CPCS cards; most CPCS courses will award a Red card which denotes the holder is a Trained Operator in whichever categories they have passed CPCS tests. The operator can then work towards obtaining a Blue card to become a Competent Operator but must have a Red card in the relevant categories first.
For private individual looking to undertake CPCS training to obtain a CPCS card, the implications are very different from those of a CITB registered construction company. If you are a private individual it is recommended that you click on the following link CPCS Training and the Private Individual, which has more information, before making a specific enquiry relating to a CPCS Training Course.
Simply use the Course Finder function to find the CPCS course you require and find further information on location, prices and dates.
The mechanisms of CPCS and obtaining a CPCS card can be quite involved, so it is always a good idea to make an enquiry before booking. Training needs will depend on the whether the operator is a novice or experienced operator and there are pre-requisites for CPCS training, including amongst others, the need to have passed a Construction Skills Health and Safety Test.
CPCS training course costs vary depending on the course in question but all are available nationwide. For specific course dates or locations, please send us an enquiry so that we can help further!
There are many course categories with the CPCS scheme, but the most popular categories are:
What is the difference between Blue and Red CPCS Cards?
Red can be upgraded to Blue within 12 months of the expiry date of the Red card, as long as the applicant has passed the relevant CITB health, safety and environment test within the past 2 years and achieves an SVQ or NVQ, with the appropriate units relevant to the category.
How long are CPCS Red Cards valid for?
Each category of machinery is only valid for 2 years; it is advisable to take a Refresher course before expiry, so you do not have a lapsed period on your card for any area of machinery.
How long are CPCS Blue Cards valid for?
5 years, with the option to renew as many times as necessary
Renewal needs to take place within the five years and there are certain conditions, set out under the scheme, as to operator eligibility to renew.
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