CPCS blue card upgrade grant

Grant code: A14B

You can claim this grant when your employee gains a new plant unit of an NVQ or SVQ between 1 August 2017 and 31 March 2018. The unit must lead to a category being added to their existing Construction Plant Competency Scheme (CPCS) blue card.

Find out about the CPCS.

Who can claim 

Employers registered with CITB who submitted an accurate Levy Return by 31 December 2017. 

You can claim the grant for your: 

How much you can get

  • £300 for each category added.

You also get an extra 10% if you pay the CITB levy and meet certain deadlines, with the Supplementary payment

More than one category can be added to the card at the same time.

With our Vocational Qualification grant, you can claim for a maximum of four NVQs/SVQs at each level per employee in a lifetime. Three of these can be for adding a category to a CPCS blue card.

What the grant supports

This grant supports your employees gaining NVQ/SVQ units in certain plant subjects. The units must lead to extra categories being added to their existing CPCS blue card.  You can see a full list of eligible CPCS plant categories supported by grants. 

The grant does not support NVQ/SVQ units that lead to a new CPCS blue card, or upgrades from a CPCS red card to a CPCS blue card.

Have you sent us your bank details? 

Do we have your bank details so that we can pay out on your grant claim?

Grants are only paid by bank transfer. If we do not hold your current bank details, please complete and submit the secure online Bacs Direct Credit Authorisation Form to receive grant payments

Terms and conditions

The Grant Scheme Terms and Conditions answer more questions about who can or can’t claim, and how our grants scheme works. 

Before you apply, make sure you've read and understood the terms and conditions.

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