Construction Plant Competence Scheme
New Construction Plant Competence Scheme test for Blue card holders starts October 2013. The renewal test checks key safety knowledge relating to the categories of plant. A set of 15 randomly selected multiple-choice questions, will be available for each category of plant, or for a group of similar categories. Cardholders will need to pass each module in order to retain each category when renewing their Competent Operator (Blue) card.
CPCS provides a registration card scheme acknowledged by industry for those involved in Plant Operative.
The CPCS renewal test is split into test modules. Each module has 15 randomly selected multiple choice questions, which need to be answered in 15 minutes.
Each module is CPCS plant specific and the questions are based on a range of topics and key knowledge expected of experienced plant operators and has been devised through consultation with plant-based employers and health and safety related data.
Different modules have been developed to meet the demands of different types of construction plant and trades. Modules are available for each category of plant or for a group of similar categories. You will need to make sure that you take and prepare for the right one(s).
- Crawler crane
- Tower crane
- Truck mounted boom concrete pump
- Forwrd tipping dumper
- Excavator 180
- Masted forklift truck
- Telescopic handler
- Whelled loading shovel
- Tracked loading shovel
- Skid steer loader
- Motorised scraper
- MEWP – scissor
- MEWP – boom
- MEWP – mast climber
- Pliling rig – tripod
- Ride on roller
- Soil/landfill compactor
- Agricultural tractor
- Crawler – tractor/dozer
- Crawler – tractor/side boom
- Lorry loader
- Skip handler
- Loader compressor
- Trailer mounted concrete pump
- Piling rig
- Loader/securer – non STGO
- Loader/securer – STGO
- Dump truck
- Excavator 360
- Mobile crane
- Appointed person
- Crane/lifting operations supervisor
- Pedestrian operated tower crane
- Demolition plant
- Compact crane
To renew your Construction Plant Competence Scheme Operator Card, you must meet the following requirements:
- Pass the relevant CITB Health, Safety & Environment test
- Pass the CPCS Renewal Test for each category or group of categories held
- Demonstrate on-going practical operating experience through a choice of routes: Logbook On-Site assessment CPCS Practical Test SVQ or NVQ
- Hold a valid Competent Operator Card
You can check requirements for the Construction Plant Competence Scheme here >> Factsheets
You will be given written confirmation of whether you have passed or failed the test.
The score reports, regardless of the test result will also indicate areas of weakness where all questions in that subject were not answered correctly.
If you require a duplicate score report you will need to contact us on 01709 880 886.
Duplicate Score Reports will incur a £10 administration charge, this is payable before it can be provided.
Cancellations & Rescheduling
If the test is cancelled without giving 72 hours’ notice, you will NOT get a refund.
A refund will be paid for all cancellations outside of the 72 hour notice period, but will incur a £30.50 administration fee.
A full refund will be paid for test cancellations outside the 72 hour notice period, which will not attract an administration fee.
Refunds will be made by the same means you paid it.
ASK reserves the right to cancel (including cancellation on the day of the test) if the Test Centre experiences a problem outside their control (including but not limited to electricity failure, security alert) and in such circumstances you will be offered an alternative Test date.
If you wish to reschedule the test you MUST do this at least 72 hours before the scheduled test date.
There will be no charge for rescheduling the test outside the 72 hour penalty period.
Any reschedules should be made via our telephone line on 01709 880 886.
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We can now help you turn your Red CPCS card to Blue
If you have a Red CPCS card and are looking to upgrade it to the full Blue CPCS Card you must complete the relevant NVQ in Plant or Lifting Operations at the relevant level. The qualifications can be achieved during normal working hours without having to attend college or take final exams.
These qualifications have been designed with industry to measure your competence against national standards in the workplace. A qualified assessor will guide you through the process of your qualification. This is achieved through generating evidence of your skills and competence. Evidence may include on-site assessment, reviews of your CPCS logbook and customer timesheets and statements from your employer, manager or client.
Here are the NVQ’s you can take with us to obtain your Blue CPCS Card.
- A02 Crawler Crane
- A04 Tower Crane
- A06 Concrete Pump – Truck Mounted Boom
- A09 Forward Tipping Dumper
- A10 Excavator 180 – below 5 tonne
- A12 Excavator 180 – above 5 tonne
- A15 Forklift Side Loader
- A17 Telescopic Handler
- A20 Hoist
- A25 MEWP – Scissor
- A26 MEWP – Boom
- A27 MEWP – Mast Climber
- A30 Piling Rig – Tripod
- A31 Ride on roller
- A40 Slinger/Signaller
- A45 Piling Rig – Driven below 15 tonnes
- A46 Piling Rig – Driven above 15 tonnes
- A47 Piling Rig – Bored below 15 tonnes
- A48 Piling Rig – Bored above 15 tonnes
- A49 Loader securer – non STGO
- A50 Loader securer – STGO
- A56 Dump truck – Articulated Chassis
- A57 Dump truck – Rigid Chassis
- A58 Excavator 360 – below 10 tonne
- A59 Excavator 360 – above 10 tonne
- A60 Mobile Crane
- A63 Pedestrian Operated Tower Crane