Operator cards

There are two routes of entry into the Scheme which will lead to the attainment of a Competent Operator Card

CPCS test centre worker

The two routes of entry are:

  • Direct to Competent Operator (Blue) Card

  • Through Trained Operator (Red) Card to Competent Operator (Blue) Card (a two-stage process)

Trained Operator Card

The Trained Operator Card confirms a level of core skills, knowledge and understanding that can be applied in the workplace until measured as competent against national standards.

Experienced and able operators may hold a Trained Operator Card whilst being measured against national standards through an SVQ or NVQ.

Competent Operator Card

The Competent Operator Card tells the observer that the holder has demonstrated a level of health and safety awareness through the CITB Health, safety and environment test, underpinning knowledge previously through a CPCS theory test, operating ability previously through a CPCS practical test and operating competence on the type of plant (evidenced by an SVQ or NVQ or employer confirmation of competence).

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