How to Renew a Blue Competent Operator Card: 

CITB has sold the Construction Plant Competence Scheme (CPCS) to NOCN Group.

The content of the CPCS Web pages within the CITB website is no longer being up-dated and is to be removed by 01/08/19

For up-to-date information on the CPCS please visit


Before you renew

Check Module Matcher before you renew to ensure you are booking the correct Renewal Test, and to download the revision factsheets.

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 (PDF, 780KB), 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 visit the 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 (PDF, 1MB).

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 past the expiry date, a cardholder who wants to renew it will have 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

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
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