CPCS Plant

What is CPCS?

CPCS is recognised by the UK Contractors Group (UKCG) and Major Home Builders Group (MHBG), amongst others, as the preferred card to comply with codes of practice for competence and certification.

It was launched in 2003 at the request of employers, to help them comply with regulations and requirements, and aims to apply common standards for all plant operators.

CPCS covers a large range of plant and plant-related categories, and more are continually added.

CPCS is owned by the Construction Industry Training Board (otherwise known as CITB) which allocates staff to manage and administer it on behalf of the CPCS Management Committee that develops its policy and strategy.

What are the aims of CPCS?

CPCS aims to:

  • Provide identification for plant operators and those involved with plant operations by recognising skills, knowledge and understanding, competence and qualifications
  • Raise health, safety and environment standards through a programme of Health, safety and environment testing to prove workers have met minimum standards
  • Provide standards of learning and assessment to equip individuals with relevant skills and knowledge to seek employment within industry
  • Provide or improve employment prospects for individuals and experienced operators
  • Keep a record of workers in the construction and allied industries who have achieved a recognised level of operating ability and competence, and to provide a means of identification
  • Be self-financing; with any surplus funds being used for the benefit of the construction industry
  • Encourage construction and allied employers to use certificated and competent plant operators
  • Provide certification for UK workers that could be accepted in Europe through agreements with other European national schemes to mutually recognise qualifications

Core elements of the scheme

The Scheme is made up of a number of core elements, which are used to demonstrate the skills, competence and qualifications that determine eligibility for Scheme membership.

  • Training – through a variety of channels
  • Health, safety and environment – health, safety and environment awareness
  • CPCS Theory Test – underpinning knowledge and understanding
  • CPCS Practical Test – operating ability
  • SVQ and NVQ – operating competence vocational qualification
  • Logbook – on-going operating ability
  • On-Site Assessment – on-going operating ability
  • CPCS Renewal Test – up-to-date knowledge and understanding

Cards that are available

Scheme membership is confirmed through the issue of a registration card.

The cards available within the CPCS Scheme are:

Delivery of the scheme

The Scheme is delivered using a network of CPCS Test Centres which use accredited CPCS Testers to deliver the CPCS Technical Tests.

CPCS Categories offered at All Plant Training

  • A09 Forward Tipping Dumper – Wheeled and Tracked
  • A10 Excavator 180° below 5 tonnes
  • A12 Excavator 180° above 5 tonnes
  • A14 Rough Terrain Forklift/Masted Truck
  • A16 Industrial Forklift Truck
  • A17 Telescopic Handler – All sizes exc. 360 Slew
  • A17E Telescopic Handler – Suspended load (non-rough terrain)
  • A18 Reach Truck (Workplace Only)
  • A21 Wheeled Loading Shovel
  • A22 Tracked Loading Shovel
  • A23 Skid Steer Loader
  • A25 Mobile Elevating Work Platform – Scissor
  • A26 Mobile Elevating Work Platform – Boom -Self Propelled and Vehicle Mounted Boom
  • A31 Ride on Roller
  • A33 Agricultural Tractor
  • A34 Crawler – Tractor/Dozer (Workplace Only)
  • A36 Lorry Loader – Hook, Clamshell Bucket and Hydraulic Clamp
  • A40A Slinger / Signaller – All Types – All Duties
  • A40B Slinger / Signaller- All Types – Static Duties
  • A40C Slinger/Signaller – Knuckle Boom – Static Duties Only
  • A40D Slinger/Signaller – Excavator only
  • A40E Slinger/Signaller – Lift Truck only
  • A41 Loader/Compressor
  • A42 Crusher
  • A43 Screener
  • A56A Dump Truck – Articulated Chassis – Up to 15 tonnes
  • A56B Dump Truck – Articulated Chassis – All Sizes
  • A57A Dump Truck – Rigid Chassis – Up to 15 tonnes
  • A57B Dump Truck – Rigid Chassis – Up to 50 tonnes
  • A57C Dump Truck – Rigid Chassis – All sizes (wheeled)
  • A57D Dump Truck – Rigid Chassis – Tracked
  • A58A Excavator 360° below 10 tonnes – Tracked
  • A58B Excavator 360° below 10 tonnes – Wheeled
  • A58c Excavator 360º below 10 tonnes – Lifting Operations
  • A59A Excavator 360° above 10 tonnes – Tracked
  • A59B Excavator 360° above 10 tonnes – Wheeled
  • A59C Excavator 360º above 10 tonnes – Lifting Operations
  • A60A Mobile Crane – Blocked Duties only
  • A60B Mobile Crane – Pick-and-carry duties only
  • A60C Mobile Crane – All Duties
  • A61 Appointed Person – Lifting Operations
  • A62 Crane/Lifting Operations Supervisor
  • A63 Pedestrian Operated Tower Crane
  • A63A Pedestrian Operated Tower Crane – Up to 36m – 100m/te
  • A66 Compact Crane
  • A66D Compact Crane – 360 – Pick and Carry
  • A68A Plant Driving – Tracked boom equipped – Up to 10 tonnes – non-operational only
  • A68C Plant Driving – Tracked boom equipped – Up to 50 tonnes – non-operational only
  • A68G Plant Driving – Tracked (blade/shovel) – Up to 20 tonnes – non-operational only
  • A68I Plant Driving – Tracked (blade/shovel) – All sizes – non-operational only
  • A68K Plant Driving – Wheeled articulated chassis – Up to 15 tonnes – non-operational only
  • A68M Plant Driving – Wheeled articulated chassis – All sizes – non-operational only
  • A68O Plant Driving – Wheeled rigid chassis – Up to 15 tonnes – non-operational only
  • A68Q Plant Driving – Wheeled rigid chassis – All sizes – non-operational only
  • A68S Plant Driving – Non-operational Ride-on Roller
  • A73 Plant and Vehicle Marshaller
  • A94 Suspended loads (Non-rough terrain)
  • A94E Suspended loads (Non-rough terrain)
  • A95 Slinger/Signaller
  • A97C Excavator 360º below 10 tonnes – Lifting Operations
  • A98C Excavator 360º above 10 tonnes – Lifting Operations
  • D90A Demolition Plant – Materials Processing
  • D90C Demolition Plant – Demolishing up to 15 metres
  • D90D Demolition Plant – Demolishing up to 30 metres
  • D90F Demolition Plant – Lifting Operations
  • D96 Demolition Plant – Lifting Operations
  • D96F Demolition Plant – Lifting Operations

Our Courses

A62 CPCS Lift Supervisor Poole, Dorset and Wimborne Dorset

A61 CPCS Appointed Person Training in Poole, Dorset and Wimborne Dorset

Course Duration Novice Training – 8 Days Experienced Operators (Covering Theory & Practical) – 2 Days Experienced Operators Test Only (No Training) – 1 Day Course Agenda Candidates should have a knowledge and understanding of the following items prior to any CPCS testing. Pre start and running checks on machine How to prepare and travel […]

Course Duration Novice Training – 7 Days Experienced Operators (Training covering Theory & Practical) – 2 Days Experienced Operators Test Only (No Training) – 1 Day Course Agenda Candidates should have a knowledge and understanding of the following items prior to any CPCS testing. Pre start and running checks on machine How to prepare and […]

Course Duration Novice Training – 3 Days Experienced Operators (Training covering Theory & Practical) – 2 Days Experienced Operators Test Only (No Training) – 1 Day Course Agenda Candidates should have a knowledge and understanding of the following items prior to any CPCS testing. Pre start and running checks on machine How to prepare and […]

Course Duration Novice Training – 7 Days Experienced Operators (Training covering Theory & Practical) – 2 Days Experienced Operators Test Only (No Training) – 1 Day Course Agenda Candidates should have a knowledge and understanding of the following items prior to any CPCS testing. Carrying out pre start and running checks on machine How to […]

Course Duration Novice Training – 3 Days Experienced Operators (Training covering Theory & Practical) – 2 Days Experienced Operators Test Only (No Training) – 1 Day Course Agenda Candidates should have a knowledge and understanding of the following items prior to any CPCS testing. Carrying out pre start and running checks on machine Set the […]

Course Duration Novice Training – 5 Days Experienced Operators (Training covering Theory & Practical) – 2 Days Experienced Operators Test Only (No Training) – 1 Day Course Agenda Candidates should have a knowledge and understanding of the following items prior to any CPCS testing. Carrying out pre start and running checks on machine How to […]

Telescopic Forklift Course Duration Novice Training – 5 Days Experienced Operators (Covering Theory & Practical) – 2 Days Experienced Operators Test Only (No Training) – 1 Day Telescopic Forklift Course Agenda Candidates should have a knowledge and understanding of the following items prior to any CPCS testing. Carrying out pre start and running checks on […]

Course Duration Novice Training – 8 Days Experienced Operators (Training covering Theory & Practical) – 2 Days Experienced Operators Test Only (No Training) – 1 Day Course Agenda Candidates should have a knowledge and understanding of the following items prior to any CPCS testing. Carrying out pre start and running checks on machine How to […]

Course Duration Novice Training – 3 Days Experienced Operators (Training covering Theory & Practical) – 2 Days Experienced Operators Test Only (No Training) – 1 Day Course Agenda Candidates should have a knowledge and understanding of the following items prior to any CPCS testing. Carrying out pre start and running checks. Set the Dumper for […]