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Managing and Co-ordinating Plant - Refresher course

Managing and Co-ordinating Plant (MCP)

As part of the ongoing Tester Support Programme, the National Construction College are offering a 2 day Managing and Co-ordinating Plant Refresher course. 

If you are CPCS Tester card holder, you will need to of achieved this course as one of the elements required to renew your card.

Further details and information on how to book are available in our Training & Courses section.

 

New Category Introduction  - Vacuum Excavator A78

Vacuum Excavator is being incorporated into the CPCS Scheme and will be launched on Friday 10th June 2016.

Introduction

The CPCS Management Committee agreed on behalf of the sector to incorporate this machine type into the scheme, as they are becoming prolific within construction as well as the utilities sector, where they have been commonplace for a number of years.

A recent fatality involving the operator of a vacuum excavator underlines the purpose of stringent standards and the part that CPCS can play in minimising risks to all those involved or near to the operations. The inclusion of the category and standards is being endorsed by the CPA's Vacuum Excavator Interest Group and can advise on changes on working practices and safety issues.

Endorsements

Taking into account the number of variants of vacuum excavators and based on the differentials of the skills set, the working group after much deliberation have quantified a set of endorsements for the category.

Members agreed that there would be six endorsements and based on both the chassis type and hose support type:

  • Endorsement A: Trailer - Manual arm. Mounted on a towed trailer and equipped with a hand-held suction hose.
  • Endorsement B: Trailer - Semi powered arm. Mounted on a towed trailer and equipped with a hydraulically-powered arm, partially operated by both remote control and hand.
  • Endorsement C: Non-LGV - Manual arm. Mounted on a non-LGV based vehicle chassis or a self-propelled item of plant (tracked or wheeled) and equipped with a hand-held suction hose.
  • Endorsement D: Non-LGV - Semi powered arm. Mounted on a non-LGV based vehicle chassis or a self-propelled item of plant (tracked or wheeled) and equipped with a hydraulically-powered arm partially operated by both remote control and hand.
  • Endorsement E: LGV - Semi powered arm. Mounted on an LGV-based vehicle chassis and equipped with a hydraulically-powered arm partially operated by both remote control and hand.
  • Endorsement F: LGV - Fully powered arm. Mounted on an LGV-based vehicle chassis and equipped with a hydraulically-powered arm operated by remote control.

The working group agreed after much consultation and deliberation to mandate the holding of an LGV licence bearing class C for endorsements E and F. This will apply to both operators and tester cards. As a large number of units are mounted on an LGV chassis and which due to classification can be driven on a class B driving licence, the group aimed to set a high standard and reduce a potential negative impact on the sector should a high-profile road traffic accident occur.

Test Delivery

Due to its specialist and safety critical nature, the category will be available under a pilot programme for approximately one-year in order to make necessary adjustments to the test standards. This will not affect the issue of cards for operators or testers.

All relevant documentation will be available to download by 10th June 2016 from our Downloads area www.citb.co.uk/cpcsdownloads 

Telescopic Handler – Suspended Loads (non-rough terrain) – A17E 

CPCS is pleased to announce the introduction of a new endorsement for the category of Telescopic Handler from Friday 29 January 2016. This new endorsement, as the title quantifies, relates to the lifting and travelling of a suspended load.

This new endorsement concludes several years of work by a dedicated CPCS industry-led working group, whom have worked closely with the Strategic forum for Construction Plant Safety Group to ensure that the requisite skills, knowledge and test standards comply with the good practice guide, produced by the Plant Safety Group, on the lifting and travelling of suspended loads with telehandlers. 

The stringent test for the new A17E endorsement has been devised as an additional module that contains a set of dedicated questions and practical test.  

Theory and practical tests

Due to the safety critical nature of the endorsement, the theory test contains thirty questions, and that all questions which relate to the reading and interpreting of the lift capacity chart must be passed to be successful on the theory test. 

The practical test requires the candidate to lift, travel and place a variety of suspended loads  and work in liaison with a slinger/signaller. Practical activities include placing a load onto a vehicle bed and one that is out of sight of the operator.  

Those that wish to attain a CPCS card bearing the telescopic handler category and require the new endorsement have the option of undertaking the suspended load module during the core telescopic handler test.

Current CPCS cardholders bearing the telescopic handler category may add the A17E endorsement to their card by undertaking the specific module. Note: The telescopic handler category (endorsements A17A to D) must have been achieved before endorsement A17E can be added to a card. 

In a bid to minimise the burden to existing telescopic handler cardholders and their employers, the CPCS Management Committee have agreed to allow the module for A17E to be undertaken on site.

CITB grant can further be claimed by eligible employers for existing cardholders adding the A17E endorsement. 

Further details on the endorsement, including the training and test standards, can be downloaded from the downloads page at www.citb.co.uk/cpcs from the launch date.

Tester Record of Category Experience

As part of the overall improvements to the tester programme, the criteria of experience was clarified in mid-2014 as detailed in the Scheme Booklet for Testers and for which the Record of Category Experience has been amended to reflect the upgrade.

Claimed operating experience must be:

  • recent, valid, reliable and authenticable, and;
  • attained carrying out productive work through a normal job role within the construction or allied sectors; relevant to the category. 

As a guideline of recent experience, the majority of declared hours on the category should be within the last five years – beyond that the CPCS Monitor may need to consult with the CPCS Product Office.

The record of category experience needs to be submitted to the relevant centre and monitor at least two weeks prior to the advanced test taking place, and for which the centre must liaise with and receive the monitor’s approval for the test to commence. 

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