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 which allows you to operate on site for 2 years. You should then progress to the (Blue) Competent Operator Card which can be renewed every 5 years.

Step 1 - CITB Health, Safety & Environment Test 

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.​