CPCS Renewal test

About the CPCS renewal test

This test makes sure that key knowledge of each plant category or group of categories is maintained, in order to renew a CPCS competent operator (blue) card.

The renewal test is split into test modules. Each module has 15 randomly selected multiple choice questions, which need to be answered within 15 minutes.

Each module is CPCS plant specific and the questions are based on a range of topics and key knowledge expected of experienced plant operators.

Different modules have been developed to meet the demands of various construction plant and trades. Modules are available for each category of plant or group of similar categories. You will need to make sure you book and prepare for the right one(s).

Please note: Before you renew, use Module Matcher to work out which module(s) to book, and to download the revision factsheets.

You will need to pass each module to retain each category when renewing your card. Concessions may apply to test bookings when similar categories are held on a card, but only one module needs to be passed.

You can take up to five CPCS renewal test modules, costing £25.00.

If you take more than five modules, it will cost £25.00 for additional modules (another one to five modules can be included). Vouchers can be bought in advance and used to pay for the test.

If you take your test at a mobile testing event it costs £50.00, for up to five modules. Vouchers cannot be purchased in advance.

Taking the test

The CPCS renewal test is broken down into plant specific modules. There are up to 15 questions per module. 

You will have 15 minutes to answer 15 multiple-choice questions per module, once the test starts.

These are computer based tests and all you need to do is click on the relevant answers by touching the screen or using a mouse.

A tutorial is available before the test which explains how everything works and lets you try out the buttons and computer.

To take the test, you need to:

  • Arrive at least 15 minutes before your test starts
  • Bring your confirmation letter/email with you
  • Bring ID that includes your photo and your signature. See a full list of acceptable ID that you can use (linked)

If you don’t have suitable ID you can use an Identification Waiver Form (details on how to complete and use the form are included on the document). 

Staff at the test centre will check your documents when you arrive. You will not be able to sit your test if you don’t have the relevant documents, and you will lose your fee.

After the test

Once you have completed the test, there is an optional online satisfaction survey available to provide feedback on the test you have taken. Please click here to complete the survey

A score report for each module will be printed straight after you have completed the test. This will advise if you have passed or failed each module.

The score report will also provide you with feedback on any areas where you might benefit from further learning or revision.

Once you have passed the necessary module(s) of the CPCS renewal test, you can apply to renew the competent operator card for the categories that you hold associated with this module.

If you fail your test, we recommend revising the factsheets further and rebooking your test.

Renewal test Frequently asked questions (FAQs)

The renewal test checks key safety knowledge relating to the categories of plant.  A set of 15 randomly selected multiple-choice questions, known as a module, will be available for each category of plant, or for a group of similar categories. Cardholders will need to pass each module in order to retain each category when renewing their Competent Operator (Blue) card.

The test can be taken at any existing centre that offers the HS&E test including the Pearson VUE test centres. This means the HS&E test can be booked and taken at the same time as taking the CPCS renewal test.

The module for each category held, needs to be passed before the category can be added to a renewed Competent Operator card.

All Competent Operator (Blue) cardholders whose card has not been renewed from 1 October 2013 must take the renewal test.

*If you have added a new category to your existing card and have held it for less than two years then the CPCS Renewal test module will not have to be passed for that category at this time, but will be required for any subsequent renewal. 

One renewal test booking includes up to five modules. If the cardholder has, or is renewing five or less categories, they only need to book one test. If the cardholder is renewing more than five categories, they need to book an additional test. 

Use Module Matcher to determine how many modules need to be booked, it will also advise how much you will be charged.

The test can be booked by calling the standard booking line number or online. 

A web-based system has been created called ‘Module Matcher'. This utility that has been designed to assist users on which modules need to be taken when booking the CPCS Renewal test.

The cost of each renewal test is £25 (up to five modules). This includes the cost of the card being produced.

Use Module Matcher to determine how many modules need to be booked, it will also advise how much you will be charged.

Vouchers are now available to purchase, see CPCS renewal test for more information.

We have published a set of module-specific revision factsheets, which comprehensively but concisely cover all the subject areas within each question module from which the questions are drawn. 

The revision factsheets are available free-of-charge and can be viewed and downloaded from Module Matcher. 

If modules are not passed within a renewal test, the test must be re-booked at a later date.  A new test fee will need to be re-charged. Where several categories are being renewed, as long as one module has been passed and all other CPCS renewal criteria are met, the Card will be renewed and non-passed modules can be taken at a later date.

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