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CPCS Training

The Construction Plant Competence Scheme (CPCS) proves the skills of plant operators to the construction industry. It proves competence in operational ability along with a good awareness of health and safety.

Which card do you require?

  • Trained Operator (RED) card
  • Competent Operator (BLUE) card

Trained Operator (RED) Card

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The requirements for this card are:

  • Pass the relevant CITB Health, Safety and Environment test
  • Achieve the CPCS Theory Test (within two years of the CITB Health, Safety and Environment test
  • To carry our any necessary training to achieve the standard required to pass the CPCS Technical test
  • Achieve the CPCS Practical test (within six months of the CPCS Theory test and within two years of the CITB Health, Safety and Environment test)

Both the CPCS theory and practical tests are delivered by CPCS accredited test centres near Doncaster or Sheffield.

On achievement of the CPCS practical test, the test centre will request the CPCS Trained Operator (RED) card on your behalf.

Your CPCS Trained Operator card will last for 2 years.

Competent Operator (BLUE) Card

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The requirements for this card are:

Your CPCS Competent Operator (BLUE) Card will then last for 5 years before requiring a refresher.

Most Major Contractors Groups (MCG) and National Contractors Federations (NCF) sites will require plant operators to hold a CPCS card before they are allowed to operate machinery at the site.

CPCS Plant Operator Courses Offered

  • A09 - Forward Tipping Dumper - Wheeled
  • A12 - Excavator 180 above 10 tonnes
  • A16 - Industrial Counterbalance Forklift
  • A17 - Telescopic Handler
  • A21 - Wheeled Loading Shovel
  • A31 - Ride On Roller
  • A40 - Slinger / Signaller
  • A56 - Rear Tipping Dumper - Articulated Chassis
  • A58 - Excavator 360 below 10 tonne
  • A59 - Excavator 360 above 10 tonne
  • A61 - Appointed Person
  • A62 - Crane Supervisor
  • A63 - Pedestrian Operated Tower Crane
  • A04 - Tower Crane (a&b)


  • Test only: 1 day
  • Refresher: 2 days
  • Novice: various depending on equipment

How to Book

  • To book training at a training centre in Doncaster or Sheffield (depending on equipment) please call the sales team on 0845 6588342 or complete our on-line contact us form

Course Venue

  • Training centre in Sheffield or Doncaster.

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