If you are working in construction in the UK then most probably yes. UKCG insist that operatives working on their sites must hold a CPCS card. Many other employers are also demanding the same requiring their employees to hold relevant cards to prove their skills. However not all employers insist on CPCS certification especially those in non-construction industries. If this is the case then in many instances our own certification will suffice to prove your skills.

The Red cards offer a 12-month grace period which means that you can upgrade the card up to a year from the original expiry date if it is your first card. You now need to register for the relevant NVQ. Once you are registered you are entitled to apply to CPCS for a 12-month extension to your card which will cover you while you complete the NVQ.

Once the card has expired over 12 months the only way to re-enter the CPCS scheme is by completing: The CSkills Health, Safety and Environment Test the CPCS Technical Tests theory and practical on the relevant category The NVQ in the relevant category.

The Red Trained Operator card will only for 2 years. In this time, you are required to undertake the relevant NVQ in order to upgrade your card to the Blue Competent Operator Card. The red card cannot be renewed, the only way to remain in the CPCS scheme is to complete the relevant NVQ. National Vocational Qualifications (NVQs) are competence based and are achieved in the workplace. They demonstrate your ability at work by recognising the skills, knowledge, ability, training and experience required to perform a job safely and in an effective and efficient manner.

To complete the NVQ you will be required to submit work-based evidence and also complete an assessment by observation with the assessor. Once you have completed the NVQ you will be entitled to apply for the CPCS Blue Competent Operator card. This card lasts for 5 years.

Blue cards last for 5 years. During this time you will need to keep proof of your ongoing working activity. You will also need to pass the relevant Health, Safety and Environment test if you haven’t done so in the last 2 years and also pass the relevant CPCS Renewal Theory Test (RT Test). 

  • The Mobile Crane course is 10 days.
  • The Appointed Person Course is 5 days
  • The Slinger Signaller course is 4 days
  • The Lift Supervisor course is 4 days
  • And the Mini A66 Crane course is 4 days

You are required to do classroom training Monday to Wednesday and a theory and practical test on the Thursday. You are allocated 1 hour for your theory and depending on the course from 1.5 to 6 hours for your practical.

We require a £100.00 non-refundable deposit to secure your place on the course.

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