What is a CPCS Card - CPCS Courses


Since 2003, over 300,000 CPCS skills cards have been distributed to workers across 60 plant-related occupations.

If you work within the construction or allied industries and operate plant machinery, you may be required to hold a CPCS card (or similar) to demonstrate that you have the required level of competence for operating plant machinery.

Cardholders are expected to refresh their skills and knowledge periodically, to maintain their high levels safety management within a changing industry.

There are three types of CPCS operator cards, for which applicants need to take a theory and a practical test. All tests must be taken at a CPCS accredited test centre.

CPCS Red Trained Operator Card

You will be awarded the Red Trained Operator Card after successfully completing the CPCS Theory and Practical Technical Tests. Your card lasts for two years, after which you can apply for the Blue Competent Operator Card.

CPCS Blue Competent Operator Card

Holders of this card have demonstrated that they are fully qualified to operate a certain type of plant machinery safely and effectively. They have completed the necessary HS&E training and have sufficient working knowledge of the machinery. This card is valid for five years, after which time it will need to be renewed.

CPCS Tester Card

A CPCS Tester is qualified to assess fellow workers in the Construction Plant Competence Scheme. Valid for five years, this is the highest level of CPCS card. Holders of this card have demonstrated a high level of industry experience and operating knowledge in a particular category.

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