What to Expect from a CPCS Training Course?

The Construction Plant Competence Scheme (CPCS) is the largest, and most highly recognised, card certification scheme. This scheme provides proof of the skills and abilities that you need to have as a plant operator. The CPCS card is necessary for most work operating plants in the UK.

What is Involved in the CPCS Training?

The CPCS training scheme is a mixture of professional competence, on site experience and health and safety awareness. The CPCS training will take place at a registered CPCS centre, under the guidance of fully qualified trainers and testers.

There are 7 core elements of the course:

  • Healthy and safety awareness training.
  • Logbook completion.
  • CPCS theory test.
  • SPCS practical test
  • Vocational operating qualifications; SVQ & NVQ.
  • On site assessments to test ongoing abilities.
  • CPCS renewal test to be taken after 2 years to check all knowledge and abilities are up to date. 

After you have completed the initial course you must pass an exam which involved a one to one interview style theory test, as well as a practical exam which can last 1-3 hours depending on the machinery you choose to be trained on. 

Once you have completed both these aspects you will receive a red ‘Trained Operator Card’. If you complete an NVQ this card will be upgraded to a full Competent Operator blue card.

What Machinery Can You Train On?

You can undertake CPCS training on almost any piece of plant machinery you desire, this includes. 

  • Draglines
  • Forward tipping dumpers
  • Excavator 180°
  • Excavator 360°
  • Industrial forklift truck
  • Graders
  • Loading shovels
  • Ride on rollers
  • Skid steer loaders
  • Mobile elevating work platforms
  • Dump trucks