What is CPCS?

The Construction Plant Competency Scheme (CPCS) is the largest and most highly recognised card scheme for the plant industry. More than 280,000 individuals carry the card and it is required to be able to operate on most major contractors sites in the UK

The Process

The usual process for operators to enter the scheme is by first gaining a (Red)Trained Operator Card, then progressing to the (Blue) Competent Operator Card. Once the operator has the (Blue) Competent Card, they can renew it every 5 years.

If you are a complete novice operator, or somebody that has had some time on the machine but is not quite up to standard you would need to look for a suitable training course in your area. The training should cover both the practical operation and the all important theory knowledge.

If you have been operating for a number of years already and now need to get a CPCS card you may be able to go directly to a test centre without any training.

To see what theory knowledge and practical skills you need for your chosen machine, either contact us or check for the latest Theory Test Questions and Standard Practical Tests on the CPCS Support materials page.

You've checked the test specification and already have enough experience to attempt the CPCS Technical Test? Skip to the next step!

Step 2 - Training 

Step 3 - CPCS Technical Test 

Step 4 - CPCS (Red) Trained Operator Card

Step 5 - Level 2 Plant Operator NVQ

Step 6 - CPCS (Blue) Competent Operator Card

Step 7 - Renew Your Card

This description of the CPCS Scheme process is a brief outline of what you need to do. Further details of the CPCS Scheme can be found on the CPCS website, or within the CPCS Scheme Booklet for Operators.

Step 1 - CITB Health, Safety & Environment Test