Construction Plant Certification Scheme (CPCS)

The Construction Plant Certification Scheme (CPCS) recognises a Plant Operator’s skills through a practical route of experience, training and knowledge.

 

All Operatives are required to undertake a Technical Test in their chosen category of plant. This will consist of two parts:

  • A theory test (which incorporates questions relating to underpinning knowledge, specific category and environment-related H&S, and operator’s rights and responsibilities).
  • A practical test of ability

Frequently Asked Questions

NDTG can assess the following categories:
  • A42 - Crusher
  • A43 - Screener
  • D90 A-F - Demolition Plant
  • D92 A-B - Skidsteer
For D91 Pedestrian Operated Demolition Plant, please contact The Drilling & Sawing Association For all other categories of Plant, please visit NOCN Job Cards website
The D90 category is broken down as follows;
  • D90A - Materials processing
  • D90B - Demolition using plant under 10 tonnes
  • D90C - Demolition up to 15m
  • D90D - Demolition up to 30m
  • D90E - Demolition above 30m (All heights)
  • D90F - Lifting operations
With the exception of D90F, each category automatically covers you for the categories below. For example, with a D90D card you will be covered for A,B,C and D, but not for E. D90F is a totally separate test and will appear as another category on your card. For example, a card may say D90C, D90F. This means you are covered for A,B,C and F. You are not covered for D or E.
The D92 Demolition Skidsteer category is broken down as follows;
  • D92A - Extracting
  • D92B - Demolishing
If you hold D92B you are automatically covered for D92A as well.

CPCS Red Trained Operator Card

The CPCS Red Trained Operator Card is issued on successful completion of the CPCS Theory and Practical Technical Tests which must be taken with a CPCS accredited test centre.

CPCS Red Trained Operator Card

Pre-requisites

Carry out any training necessary to bring you up to the standard required to enable you to pass the CPCS technical test.

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). CPCS theory tests are delivered by an approved CPCS test centre

Links
Find a Test Centre

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). CPCS theory tests are delivered by an approved CPCS test centre.

Links
Find a Test Centre

PLEASE NOTE: CPCS Cards are now administered by NOCN. To find out more about how to get a red Trained Operator card, extend a red card, add categories to your card or upgrade to a blue Competent Operator card, please contact NOCN.

Links

NOCN Job Cards Website

CPCS Blue Competent Operator Card

It is important to take the necessary steps to upgrading your red card to a full Blue Competent Operator card.

CPCS Blue Competent Operator Card

Pre-requisites

Hold Red Trained Operator Card

Register for the appropriate NVQ.

Check that your HSE test has been taken within the last 2 years.

Complete CPCS F1.2 form and return to CPCS with payment to receive your Blue Competent Operator Card.

PLEASE NOTE: Card is valid for 5 years. To renew a Competent Operator card you will need to take a renewal test and follow the steps laid out by CPCS.

Links

NOCN Job Cards - Renew

CPCS A59 (360) Excavator Card (Red or Blue)

If you currently hold a Red or Blue A59 (360) Excavator card, but wish to add Demolition Plant, you will need to complete a full D90 technical test for the required category and complete the relevant NVQ unit.

Pre-requisites

Complete the D90 tchnical test

Register for appropriate NVQ. You will hold a 2nd CPCS Card (Red Trained Operator) until the NVQ unit is completed.

Check that your HSE test is in date within the last 2 years.

Complete CPCS F1.2 (write D90 Conversion across the top) and return to CPCS with payment to receive your Blue Competent Operator card in D90C

PLEASE NOTE: CPCS Cards are now administered by NOCN. To find out more about how to convert your A59 (360) Excavator Card to include demolition plant, please contact NOCN.

NOCN CPCS Job CardS

The Construction Plant Competence Scheme (CPCS) provides cards for the plant sector of the construction and allied industries.

From 1 March 2019, CPCS is owned by NOCN Job Cards (part of NOCN Group), and prior to this the Construction Industry Training Board (otherwise known as CITB).

NOCN Job Cards