CPCS VQ - Training Plus - Health & Safety Courses
No set time - candidates work at their own pace. CPCS Competent Operator Card

Course Summary

CPCS provides a single skills card for the plant sector of the construction industry. This course is designed to allow candidates to move to the next level and become a CPCS Competent Operator.

CPCS require that a Vocational Qualification (VQ) in Plant Operations (Level 2) is acheived within 2 years of gaining a CPCS Trained Operator Card to be awarded a CPCS Competency Card.

Moving from a Trained Operator (Red) card to a Competent Operator (Blue) card?

  •     Hold a valid CPCS Trained Operator card on the category that must be within the 12 month grace period
  •     Pass the relevant CITB Health, safety and environment test
  •     Achieve a SVQ or NVQ, with the appropriate units relevant to the category

Working directly towards a Competent Operator (Blue) card?

The requirements to obtain this card are to:

  • Provide proof of achievement of the SVQ or NVQ for the relevant units to the category being applied for and provide this to the CPCS Test Centre upon undertaking the CPCS Practical 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)
  • 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).

Both CPCS Theory and Practical Tests are delivered by an accredited CPCS Test Centre.

Upon successful completion of their VQ, providing the candidate has already passed the CPCS Technical Test required for that category, a CPCS Competent Operator Card will be applied for and then issued to the candidate.

Who is it for?

The next step of progression in the CPCS from a Trained Operator Card to a Competent Operator Card is to acheive a VQ (Vocational Qualification) for the category on your card.

You will need

Candidates are not required to bring any equipment on this course.

Your skill level

Before your two year CPCS Trained Operator Card runs out you must be registered to sit the relevant VQ for categories of plant you have on your card.


Do I need to pay for my training before I do it?

Yes you do, you can pay online when you book your course, or call 0845 872 3411 and pay with a credit card over the phone. Customers with credit terms, please call Training Plus to book your course on 0845 872 3411.

Can you cater for students with special needs?

Yes, but as with all special requirements that differ from the norm, please make us aware of your requirements and we will do our best to provide the appropriate support.

Are there any car parking spaces available?

Yes, there are a lot of FREE car parking spaces available in the area.

What accommodation is available?

There are a variety of hotels and B & B’s in the area. There is a list available to assist you with booking your stay.

Am I going to feel safe during my course participation?

Beside the fact that our staff and the environment of the school will make you feel happy and safe, CCTV is operating in most of the school’s areas.

I’m getting on a bit, is it like going back to school and will I feel out of place?

Not at all. A large percentage of our learners are mature students simply keeping up to date with current standards. Everybody is made to feel welcome in the centre.