CPCS Courses in Thetford

If you need a CPCS card to work on site we have a course that is right for you. We have CPCS training centres at 10 locations across the UK and are able to offer courses that are ideal for both novice and experienced plant operators.

Every year we help hundreds of plant operators achieve either a Red or Blue CPCS card, listed below are the common questions that plant operators want answers too, so click on the question that you would like the answer to or, call our CPCS card team on the number listed above and we will do our best to help you get the CPCS card that you need.

I WANT A CPCS CARD

To obtain for a CPCS card you must first of all have passed the CSCS Health Safety & Environmental touch screen test, as long as you have passed this test within the last two years you can then be booked in to take the CPCS Theory & Practical test, which, when passed will get you a Red CPCS trained Operator card valid for two years.

If you have 1 to 2 years’ experience of operating the category of plant that you want a Red CPCS card for we would recommend you attend one for our 2 day Experienced Operator Training & Testing courses.

The CPCS Theory test is an hour long test and takes the format of a professional discussion (which is voice recorded) between the CPCS tester and you the candidate. The test takes place on a one to one basis with the tester writing down & making notes of the answers given.

The first 16 questions of the Theory test all relate to general Health & Safety issues that are relevant to plant operators, with the rest of the questions being related directly to the category of plant that you are being tested on. 

Once you have passed the Theory Test you are then allowed to take the Practical test, it should be noted however that if you fail the CPCS Theory test you will not be allowed to undertake the Practical test. If the Theory & Practical test are booked on the same day you would still have to pay for the Practical test.

The Practical test is a series of machine specific tests designed to prove the operators competence in handling the machine in different situations, the CPCS tester will observe you taking completing these test’s and mark you accordingly. The test’s take between 1 ½  hours and 3 ¼ hours to complete depending on what category of plant you are being tested on.

On the first day of the 2 day Experienced Operator Training & Testing course you will be taken through the CPCS Theory Test questions and guidance will be given on how to correctly phrase and answer the Theory questions. Before attending the course you will be sent the CPCS Theory questions in order that you identify to your trainer any particular questions you would like assistance with. The rest of the day is dedicated to the Practical element of the of the CPCS test by making sure you are familiar with the machine you will be taking your CPCS test on & briefing you on the practical test requirements.

Most candidates who experience difficulty passing the CPCS Test have difficulty with the Theory questions as such this element of the takes up the majority of the training day.

Day two of the course is the testing day, giving you the opportunity to take the CPCS Theory & Practical test’s with the benefit of your training from the first day fresh in your memory.

Candidates who attend the two day Experienced Operator Training & Testing day course enjoy pass rates of over 95%.

On passing the CPCS Theory & Practical test you will achieve a Red CPCS Trained Operator Card valid for two years.

To find out more please call our CPCS team 0800 130 3225.

I Have a Red CPCS Card & want to Upgrade it to Blue

The only way to upgrade your Red CPCS card to a Blue CPCS Competent Operator Card is by completing the relevant NVQ.

We are able to deliver you the NVQ you need to upgrade your card and will be able to advise you of any Government funding that may be available to help you with the cost of the NVQ.  If you work for an employer we can also talk to them on your behalf to see if they are able to draw down grants from the CITB that could also help reduce still further the cost of the NVQ.

It may also be possible that if you hold an existing L2 NVQ in Plant Operations that you may not have to complete an NVQ and we will be able to advise you of this.

For further information please call our CPCS Team on 0800 130 3225, it would help if you could have your National Insurance number ready as this will help us search our qualification & CPCS data base & provide you with the correct advice.

I want an extra Plant Category on my Blue CPCS Card

Depending on what item of plant you already have on your existing Blue CPCS card will define which route you need to go down to get the extra item of plant on your card.

In certain circumstances you may need to take just the CPCS Theory & Practical Test or you may have to may have to complete another NVQ & a Theory & Practical test.

For further information please call our CPCS Team on 0800 130 3225, it would help if you could have your National Insurance number ready as this will help us search our qualification & CPCS data base & provide you with the correct advice.

I want to renew my Blue CPCS Card

In October 2013 new rules relating to the renewal of Blue CPCS Competence cards comes into force for more details click here. In the meantime to renew your card you must have passed the CSCS Health Safety & Environmental test within the last two years and have your yellow CPCS Operators log book with 300 hours of use logged.

If you do not have the log book you can also renew the card by passing the CPCS Theory & Practical test or in certain circumstances pass an NVQ.

To discuss the best option for you please call our CPCS Team on the number listed above, it would help if you could have your National Insurance number ready as this will help us search our qualification & CPCS data base & provide you with the correct advice.

I need an NVQ

If you need an NVQ to update your Red CPCS Card or gain a CPCS Card we can help.
We are able to deliver you the NVQ you need to upgrade your card and will be able to advise you of any Government funding that may be available to help you with the cost of the NVQ.  If you work for an employer we can also talk to them on your behalf to see if they are able to draw down grants from the CITB that could also help reduce still further the cost of the NVQ.

For further information please call our CPCS Team on the number listed above, it would help if you could have your National Insurance number ready as this will help us search our qualification & CPCS data base & provide you with the correct advice.

I want to extend my Red CPCS Card

We can help you extend your Red CPCS Trained Operator card by up to one year.
For further information please call our CPCS Team on the number listed above, it would help if you could have your National Insurance number ready as this will help us search our qualification & CPCS data base & provide you with the correct advice.

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