CPCS Training and Testing
The CPCS training and Testing requires a degree in gobbledygook to get through the various complexities in
understanding the CPCS Training requirements for the acquisition of getting a RED or BLUE CPCS Competency card.
Enough said. Let us at ITS assist you through the jargon to enable you to obtain your CPCS Card.
Because this is the Plant Competency card which all Major Contractors are now requesting from all Plant
operators working on their sites.
Main Hurdles to get to your BLUE CPCS Card.
- Health and Safety Test.
- Theory Test.
- Practical Test.
- National Vocational Qualification (NVQ)
All above as detailed below
You will need us to take you through your basic CPCS training as a novice, place you on a theory test and book you onto the
practical test. If you are successful in both elements of the CPCS Training you will get a RED CPCS card.
After a period of practical experience we will provide for you the necessary documentation to start on your NVQ.
Once the NVQ has been completed you can then apply for a BLUE CPCS Card.
As an experienced operator but you do not hold a BLUE CPCS card you will need to take and pass both the
theory and practical Tests, and obtain your NVQ. CPCS will then send you a Blue card and a CPCS Log Book.
HEALTH & SAFETY TESTING
We would recommend that before you take the test you complete a 1 day H&S CPCS training day. This will
provide you with a sound knowledge base to enable you to pass the H&S test.
You can use the online booking services by logging onto
www.citb-construction skills.co.uk/htest or by calling 0870 600 4020 or we can provide this service for you.
YOU MUST COMPLETE AND PASS THE TOUCH SCREEN TEST BEFORE YOU CAN TAKE THE CPCS THEORY TEST.
CPCS THEORY TEST
Due to the nature of the questions contained within the theory test ITS recommend
that all candidates book onto a CPCS Training theory day. The CPCS training will take the student through the
various components of the test paper to ensure they have the best opportunity in passing the test.
The course handout not only provides you with the questions, but embedded into the content are all the answers.
Theory test (Blue Card Renewal)
For those operatives who are applying to renew their Blue CPCS Card they will need to provide an up-to-date log book.
If this is not possible they will need to book an on site assessment prior to taking the theory test.
ALL THEORY TESTS ARE RECORDED ONTO A VOICE RECORDER.
Most plant testing must be completed at a CPCS Test Centre and the test duration varies from 45minutes to
3½ hrs. There are some exemptions which are tested on site.
These tests are conducted under strict guidelines set out by CPCS and regular CPCS Monitor visits
are made to CPCS test centres to ensure they are complying with the rules.
NATIONAL VOCATIONAL QUALIFICATIONS
In order for you to move from a trained operator (RED CARD) through to a competent operator (BLUE CARD) you
will need to provide evidence of your practical abilities and working knowledge of the industry you are in.
Your practical abilities should be relatively easy to assess and the assessor could complete in 1 visit, but
you will be required to provide additional tangible evidence in your knowledge of site procedures, security,
company procedures etc.