How to Renew a Blue Competent Operator Card: 

To renew you need to:

  • hold a CPCS Blue Competent Operator Card for the category which is within five years of expiry date
  • pass the relevant CITB health, safety and environment test within the last two years
  • pass the CPCS Renewal test for each category held*
  • demonstrated on-going practical operating experience through a choice of routes:
    • Logbook
    • On-Site Assessment
    • CPCS Practical test
    • SVQ or NVQ

Completion of form F1/3 Application to Renew CPCS Competent Operator Card, to be submitted to the mailing address on the reverse of the application form.  There is no need to attach payment as the cost of processing the application is included in the CPCS Renewal test fee.

* for more information on which Renewal tests to take and how to book them click this link to Module Matcher, the online system built specifically for the renewal of the CPCS Blue Competent Operator cards.

A Blue Competent Operator Card will be issued for five years.  Full details on How to renew are available within the Scheme Booklet for Operators.

The CPCS Management Committee have agreed a new criteria for expired Competent Card holders;

  • If a Blue Competent Operator Card is more than five years of the expiry date, to renew, the cardholder will be required to:
    • pass CITB Health, safety & environment test
    • pass the CPCS Theory Test for each category held
    • pass the CPCS Practical Test for each category held
    • hold the relevant SVQ or NVQ (if not held a Trained Operator Card will be issued).

For further information and advice, contact our CPCS Helpline on 0844 815 7274 or email Shared.Services@citb.co.uk

CPCS was asked to accommodate particular types of lifting equipment within the category of Slinger/Signaller that carry out pick-and-carry duties, as the slinger/signaller was at risk of being struck, trapped or crushed due to being in close proximity to the moving machine. Industry requested that the skills and knowledge relating to the safety-critical area of pick-and-carry activities be recognised separately on the card.

Following consultation with the construction and lifting sectors, the category has been amended and incorporates five endorsements of:

  • Endorsement A:  All Types - All Duties
  • Endorsement B:  All Types - Static Duties
  • Endorsement C:  Knuckle boom static only
  • Endorsement D:  Excavator only
  • Endorsement E:  Lift Truck only

Current cardholders holding Slinger/Signaller (A40) have only been tested against static duties with a crane and CPCS could not award the All Types - All Duties endorsement without some form of assurance that the issues and dangers of pick-and-carry are understood. This means that when renewing the A40 category, only endorsement B: All Types - All Duties can be awarded.

The scheme aimed to be pragmatic and instead of mandating the full technical test, a set of twenty five questions delivered through a short-duration theory test – able to be delivered on site or at the employer’s premises – has been devised. This specific theory test (A95) is CITB grant aided.

CPCS provides certification based on skills, knowledge and competence against an occupational role or duty as an indicator to others on what skill set the cardholder has, and CPCS recognises that the automatic issue of the All Types-All Duties endorsement could be assumed that the cardholder would have been tested conducting pick-and-carry duties, which could place individuals into a dangerous situation.

Current cardholders seeking endorsement A: All Types - All Duties will need to take the 25 questions available through accredited CPCS Test Centres.  A list of accredited Test Centres offering this category can be found at www.citb.co.uk/cpcs 

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