What is the Blue CPCS Card?

The Blue CPCS is the ‘Competent Operator’ Card and confirms that a plant operator has demonstrated:

  1. a level of  health, safety and environment awareness through the CITB health, safety and environment test.
  2. underpinning knowledge through a CPCS theory test.
  3. operating ability through a CPCS practical test.
  4. operating competence on the type of plant evidenced by an NVQ.
Blue CPCS Card - Controlling Lifting Operations NVQ

Who will be my Assessor?

All of CADUK’s assessors for Plant and Lifting Operations NVQs are highly experienced, qualified, construction professionals who have either previously been, or are currently still operating as a plant/lifting specialist themselves.

Having vast real-world experience in the role, our assessors are in a position to provide relevant and useful advice and guidance that adds genuine value to your qualification.

When can I apply for the Blue Card?

Once the NVQ has been successfully completed, the candidate will generally have the certificate of achievement delivered to their home address within 10 days, this certificate will be required to apply for the Blue CPCS Card.

I need a CPCS card urgently, what can I do?

If the CPCS is required urgently, we can provide a bespoke service to enable the candidate to apply for their CPCS blue card within 2 days of the successful assessment taking place. The candidate therefore will not need to wait for the certificate to arrive by post.

How can I get a Blue CPCS Card?

To access the Blue CPCS card, operators need to already be in possession of the Red (Trained Operator) CPCS card, and have a further 6 months on-site experience in their chosen category.

They then need to achieve a (construction) plant or lifting operations NVQ. These qualifications have been developed within the industry to measure an operator’s competence against national standards in the workplace.

How are the NVQs delivered?

A qualified plant assessor will guide you through the process of attaining your NVQ qualification.

The NVQ process involves generating evidence of your skills, knowledge and competence. Evidence can include on-site assessment, reviews of your CPCS logbook and customer timesheets and statements from your employer, manager or client.

These qualifications are delivered directly on-site during normal working hours, without having to attend college or take exams.

(Slinger Signaller) Level 2 NVQ Diploma in Controlling Lifting Operations

How long is the Blue CPCS Card valid for?

The NVQ is a UK regulated qualification and therefore does not ever expire.

The Blue Competent Operator CPCS Card however has a five-year life. To renew the card holders will need to pass the latest CITB Health, Safety and Environment Test within 5 years of the expiry date and pass the the CPCS Renewal test for each category held.

The renewal test is split into test modules. Each module has 15 randomly selected multiple choice questions, which need to be answered within 15 minutes. The cost of taking up to five CPCS renewal test modules is £25.00.

Which NVQs provide access to the Blue CPCS card?

CADUK offer NVQs in the following categories at Levels 2, 4 & 5 that provide access to the Blue Competent Operator CPCS card:

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