How to get a Plant Operator Card

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.

Red Trained Operator Card

Red Trained Operator Card

What is a 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.

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.

Blue Competent Operator Card

Blue Competent Operator Card

What is a 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 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.

New Telescopic Handler 360º Slew (A77) category

Effective from 28 March 2018, the new Telescopic Handler 360º Slew (A77) category replaces the Telescopic Handler All Sizes inc. 360º Slew (A17D).

The new standard has been enhanced and now covers travelling with suspended loads and will therefore not require a separate endorsement under this category. This new category also includes working tasks around hoist rope use which was previously not in the standard for A17D. 

What an operator needs to do:

  • If you hold A17D endorsement on your card, you will receive a letter with information about the new A77 category and instructions on how to get it.
  • If you hold a current Blue Competent Operator card with A17D on it, once you have completed the Transitional Assessment you will automatically get A77 on your Competent Operator card.
  • When you renew your Blue Competent Operator card, you will need to take RT17  which covers both A17 and A77 categories.
  • You can also do an On-Site Assessment for A17 if you do not have enough hours in your logbook.
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