Plant Operations (Blue CPCS Card) Qualifications

Plant Operations Qualifications (Blue CPCS/NPORS Card)

Our SQA Level 2 NVQ Diplomas and Certificates provide access to the Blue (Competent Operator) CPCS and NPORS cards. These NVQs are a fantastic way of developing yourself and will undoubtedly lead to further progression in the industry.

All of our Plant Operations assessments are captured electronically through photos and audio/video recordings which enables completion of these qualifications in a much shorter timeframe than traditional ‘paper and pen’ style NVQ assessments.

We provide a unique one-day assessment for these Level 2 NVQs which is ideal for those who’s Red cards are coming up for renewal therefore require a replacement card very quickly.

Each NVQ below is eligible for the CITB Grant. This enables CITB registered companies to claim back £600 per candidate on each NVQ. Each of these qualifications are £599+VAT which means that they’re effectively FREE!

Find out more about the CITB Grant scheme here.

Steps to apply

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Speak with an assessor
An assessor will call you to ensure the NVQ is acheivable
Start at any time
Once you're approved, you can start the NVQ right away

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Our Plant Operations Qualifications

Frequently asked questions

What's the NVQ process all about?

The NVQ process isn’t about exams or going ‘back to school’, it’s a confirmation that you’re already doing the job competently.

In a nutshell, you’re simply telling your assessor how you carry out your role and showing them the evidence (documents, photos, videos) that proves it.

What sort of evidence is required?

Examples of evidence required for a Plant Operations NVQ could include (but is not limited to):

  • Red CPCS/NPORS card
  • Method statement
  • Risk assessment
  • Toolbox talk
  • Weekly time sheet
  • Risk assessment
  • Inspection report
  • Witness testimony
  • Videos
  • Photographs
Who will be my assessor?

All of our assessors are experienced lifting professionals who have ‘done the job’ themselves and are therefore in a position to add real value to your qualification.

How long does it typically take?

CADUK offer a unique one-day assessment for these qualifications.

The whole assessment is conducted and captured electronically through audio and video recordings which drastically reduces the duration compares with the traditional ‘paper and pen’ NVQ assessments.

In order for the assessment to take place in a single day you will be expected to thoroughly prepare beforehand and have all evidence ready to be presented on the day.

Do I need to have the Red CPCS/NPORS card first?

Yes, you will be expected to have passed the appropriate CPCS or NPORS course, be in possession of the Red ‘trained operator’ CPCS/NPORS card, and to have at least 6 months of proven experience in your occupation before undertaking any of these NVQs.  

Prior to enrolment (as part of our initial profiling process) our assessors will speak to each candidate directly to ensure that they have the knowledge, experience, confidence, and evidence to be successful on the NVQ.

Only after the assessor has approved you to start, can you be enrolled onto the qualification.

When can I apply for my CPCS/NPORS card?

Usually within 2 days of the assessment being completed we will send you an electronic confirmation (by email) that proves that you have passed the NVQ.

This electronic confirmation can be used to apply for the Blue CPCS/NPORS card right away, without having to wait for the certificate to arrive by post.

Can I fail an NVQ?

Technically Yes, you can fail any NVQ. NVQs are competence-based qualifications, they are a recognition of the skills, knowledge and experience that you already have. With that in mind, if you have never ‘done the job’ and don’t have the evidence to prove it, how are you going to answer the question?

We at CADUK have robust procedures in place to ensure that doesn’t happen.

The key to our success in this area is that we only enrol candidates onto our qualifications in the first place that we know have the skills, knowledge and experience to be successful.

We carry out a thorough profiling process (free of charge) with each and every candidate before enrolment to make 100% sure that the qualification is achievable before you start.

As part of this process we ask you to complete an initial profile tool (questionnaire) and return it to us with a copy of your CV. One of our assessors will then contact you directly to confirm that you have the skills, knowledge and experience required to be successful.

Once our assessor has ‘approved’ you to start, you can enrol at any time.

If the assessor thinks that a different qualification is more suitable, they will recommend an alternative NVQ. This may be a lower or higher level qualification, but you will be confident that you can actually ‘live up’ to the qualification that you’re taking on.

These NVQs are CITB Grant claimable

CADUK are a CITB Approved Training Organisation (ATO). This enables CITB registered companies to claim back £600 on completion of this qualification through the Short Period Qualification Grants scheme. This includes small employers (i.e those with a wage bill of less than £80k) who don’t have to pay the levy. This grant applies to directly employed staff on the payroll and all subcontractors.

To check if your company is eligible to claim please call CITB on 0344 994 4455.

Free NVQs?

All of our Plant Operations NVQs at Level 2 are priced at £599+VAT.

CITB registered companies can still claim back £600 from CITB on completion of these qualifications. This means that these Level 2 NVQs are effectively free to eligible companies!

Why should I complete an NVQ?

These qualifications are aimed at individuals that already hold the Red (trained operator) CPCS or NPORS card and need to upgrade to the Blue (competent operator) CPCS or NPORS card.

These NVQs help you make progress in your career, increase your employability and earning potential.

David Andrews MCIOB
David Andrews MCIOB
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Michael O'Byrne MCIOB
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Ewan Davies-Smith MCIOB
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Colin Christian MCIOB
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