Construction Plant Competence and CPCS Training Courses

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!

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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.

The Construction Plant Competence Scheme (CPCS)

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).

Qualifications and CPCS Cards

CPCS blue and red card examples

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.

CPCS and the Private Individual

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.

CPCS Training Courses Available

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!

Popular CPCS courses include:

There are many course categories with the CPCS scheme, but the most popular categories are:

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Commonly Asked Questions

What is the difference between Blue and Red CPCS Cards?

  • Red Card = Trained Operator
  • Blue Card = Competent Operator

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 by the CITB, as to operator eligibility to renew.

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CPCS Training and the Private Individual

For those who want to obtain a CPCS card, the Construction Plant Competence Scheme (CPCS) is not without its complexities, and obtaining a CPCS card is typically much easier for those who are already working within the construction industry and are sponsored by an employer. Read more
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