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The Construction Plant and Competence Scheme (CPCS) provide skills cards for the plant sector of the Construction industry.

CPCS is recognised by the UK Contractors Group (UKCG) and Major Home Builders Group (MHBG), amongst others, as the preferred card to comply with codes of practice for competence and certification.

CPCS was launched in 2003 at the request of employers, to help them comply with regulations and requirements, and aims to apply common standards for all plant operators.  CPCS Training is the path to certification in the plant operation industry.

CPCS training covers a broad range of plant and plant-related categories, and more are constantly being added.

CPCS is owned by the Construction Industry Training Board (otherwise known as CITB) which allocates staff to manage and administer it on behalf of the CPCS Management Committee that develops its policies and strategies.

We have a large variety of CPCS training courses available at our Cambridge Training Centre.

To gain an understanding of the Standards CPCS offer operators, click here




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Crawler Crane


Tower Crane


Forward Tipping Dumper


Excavator 180 Wheeled Below 5 Tonnes


Excavator 180 Wheeled Above 5 Tonnes


Telescopic Handler


Telescopic Handler




Ride On Roller


Lorry Loader


Slinger Signaller


Loader Securer


Excavator 360 Below 10 Tonnes


Excavator 360 Above 10 Tonnes


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Appointed Person Lifting Operations


Crane supervisor


Overhead Travelling Crane


Plant Vehicle Marshaller

                                                           CPCS Certification

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CPCS Red Trained Operator Card

The CPCS 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 CPCS Trained Operator Card whilst being measured against national standards through an NVQ.

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CPCS Blue Competent Operator Card

The CPCS Competent Operator Card tells the observer that the holder has demonstrated a level of health and safety awareness through the CITB Health, Safety and Environment test, underpinning knowledge previously through a CPCS theory test, operating ability previously through a CPCS training practical test and operating competence on the type of plant (evidenced by an NVQ or employer confirmation of competence).

CPCS Course Requirements

Candidates attending CPCS training courses require the relevant Health, Safety and Environmental touch screen test to allow them to complete their CPCS Theory and Practical tests. Candidates must bring and wear their PPE on site for practical training and testing. They must also bring identification as required for all CPCS testing (please contact us for information on what is accepted). The CPCS Theory Test is recorded digitally by the tester to ensure adherence to CPCS Standards.

How can I add more categories and/or endorsements to my CPCS Trained Operator (Red) card?

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To add new CPCS categories, you are required to:

Step 1 – Pass the relevant CITB Health, safety and environment test

Step 2 – Achieve the CPCS Training Theory Test (within two years of the CITB Health, safety and environment test)

Step 3 – Achieve the CPCS Training Practical Test (within six months of the CPCS Theory Test and within two years of the CITB Health, Safety and Environment test)

To add further endorsements to existing categories, you are required to:

Step 1 – Pass the relevant CITB Health, Safety and Environment test

Step 2 – Achieve the CPCS Practical Test (within two years of the CITB Health, Safety and Environment test)

Step 3 – On achievement of the CPCS Practical Test, the CPCS Test Centre will request the CPCS Trained Operator card on your behalf.

You are not required to pass another CPCS Theory Test when adding additonal endorsements to existing CPCS categories on your card, regardless of when the original card was issued.

How do I get a Replacement or Additional Logbook?

To obtain a replacement or additional logbook, contact the CPCS Helpline on 08448 157274, where you will have the option to request this over the telephone, using a credit/debit card, alternatively you can request this in writing, enclosing a cheque or postal order made payable to CITB, to:

PO Box 320
Bircham Newton
Kings Lynn
Norfolk, PE31 6WD

The cost of this service is £15, this is a non-refundable fee for the services of processing the request. Alternatively, you can download the logbook for free.

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