Construction Plant Competence and CPCS

From Slinger Signaller to Telehandler, Digger Driver to Dumper Driver, in fact whatever type of construction plant competence training you’re looking for, Bookmycourse will help you to save money in minutes, conveniently, easily, all in one place.

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Construction Plant Competency

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 comptent onsite and undertake all work safely. 

The Construction Plant Certification 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). 

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.

Finding a Course

Simply use the Course Finder function to find the CPCS course you requireand find further information on location, prices and dates.

If you cannot find your course on the Course Finder, try clicking on the categories on the left or by using Site Search. If you already understand the details of the scheme and want to make CPCS training enquiry, please either send a general enquiry using the enquiry button or click on one of the course categories to send us a specific course enquiry or booking request. 

CPCS Qualifications

CPCS training courses lead to Construction Plant Competence Scheme (CPCS) qualifications. CPCS cards provide a uniform skills card system for operators using plant within the construction sector. Indeed, on many sites, a CPCS card is a mandatory requirement to operate plant on site, for example, on UKGC sites. The Construction Plant Competence Scheme is a card scheme, which 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 and these help to demonstrate the operating skills and health and safety awareness of workers.

There are a large number of CPCS training courses, including courses for; lifting operations and lift supervisors, slinger signallers, excavators, dumpers, telescopic handlers, dumpers, skid steers and more.

The mechanisms of CPCS 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 ConstructionSkills Health and Safety Test. There are a number of card schemes including, red cards and blue cards. The issue of CPCS cards to operators requires them to have carried out any training necessary to bring them up to the standard required to pass a CPCS Theory and Practical 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 enquriy so that we can help further! 


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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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