I am a Plant Operator

The Construction Plant Competence Scheme (CPCS) provides skills cards for the plant sector of the construction industry. CPCS covers a large range of plant and plant-related categories, and more are continually added.

Which card do you need?

Red Trained Operator Card

Red Trained Operator Card

The Red 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.

It’s a two year card that may be extended, this card is non-renewable.

Blue Competent Operator Card

Blue Competent Operator Card

The Blue Competent Operator Card confirms you have demonstrated a level of  health, safety and environment awareness through the CITB health, safety and environment test, underpinning knowledge through a CPCS theory test, operating ability through a CPCS practical test and operating competence on the type of plant evidenced by a SVQ or NVQ.

The Blue Competent Operator Card has a five-year life and is renewable.

How to get a Red Trained Operator Card:

To get this card you need to (in this order):

  • Carry out any training necessary to bring you up to the standard required to enable you to pass the CPCS technical test. This can be delivered by a trainer. 
  • Pass the relevant CITB health, safety and environment test.
  • Achieve the CPCS theory test (within two years of the CITB health, safety and environment test)
  • Achieve the CPCS practical test (within six months of the CPCS theory test and within two years of the CITB health, safety and environment test).
  • Both CPCS theory and practical tests are delivered by an approved CPCS test centre. (Find a CPCS Test Centre)

On achievement of the CPCS practical test, the CPCS test centre will request the CPCS Trained Operator (Red) card on your behalf.

How to get a Blue Competent Operator Card:

To get this card you need to: 

  • provide proof of achievement of the SVQ or NVQ for the category being applied for to the CPCS Test Centre
  • pass the relevant CITB health, safety and environment test
  • achieve the CPCS theory test (within two years of the CITB health, safety and environment test)
  • achieve the CPCS practical test (within six months of the CPCS theory test and within two years of the CITB health, safety and environment test)

On achievement of the CPCS practical test, the CPCS test centre will request the competent operator card on your behalf.

On receipt of your first competent operator card, you will be sent a CPCS logbook. The role of the logbook is to record life-long learning and evidence towards the renewal of a competent operator card.

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