CITB and the Construction Plant Competence Scheme (CPCS) Management Committee have announced plans for reviewing and updating the scheme in 2017.
CPCS provides a registration card scheme acknowledged by industry for those involved in plant operations by recognising skills, knowledge and understanding, competence and qualifications.
Since being launched in 2003, CPCS has been continually improved and developed to meet the changing needs of the industry.
Key areas for development in 2017 include:
- Scheme Category Development – reviewing the Telescopic handler 360 Slew and Forward Tipping Dumper categories.
- Digital logbooks – a new digital logbook option will be created, to make renewing via the logbook route easier and more robust. Additional support for validators will equip them to perform at consistently high standards.
- Renewal Tests – currently being developed, these renewal tests will be in place during the first half of 2017.
- Quality assurance – continuing our focus on tackling fraud through increased monitoring and better use of data and technology.
- Easier access to information – following positive feedback on the ‘how to renew by logbook’ video, further video guides will be published in 2017. The scheme website will be reviewed to make it more user-friendly and new pocket guide versions of the scheme booklets will be introduced.
CITB will continue to ensure CPCS remains the plant competency scheme for the industry. Conversations with industry on the long term direction of the scheme will also continue in 2017 but these will in no way delay scheme development plans and ongoing customer support.