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What is CPCS?

The Construction Plant Competence Scheme (CPCS) is a card scheme to prove workers’ operating skills and health and safety awareness. The CPCS provides a single skills card for the plant sector of the construction industry. Furthermore, it is the largest and most highly recognised card scheme in the construction industry.

First of all, the diagram above outlines the steps necessary for an operator to complete the scheme. Go to our CPCS training courses page to see how we can help you. Also, for more information download the CPCS Scheme Booklet for Operators.

The test is based on a mixture of professional competence, experience on site and health and safety awareness. Also, each test consists of a professional one-to-one interview with the tester, followed by a practical test.  In addition, your competency in operating machinery will be assessed and the interview will be recorded.

NVQ Blue Card
So, after obtaining your red card the next stage is to turn it into a Blue card. You can do this by gaining an NVQ (National Vocational Qualification). This is a trade-related qualification of experience and competence. Furthermore, an NVQ is set against nationally recognised occupational standards.

Do I need one?
The NVQ allows operators to progress from the CPCS Red Trained Operator card to the CPCS Blue Competence card. The Major Contractors Group and House Building Group require a qualified workforce of contractors and subcontractors. Therefore, to fulfill this requirement each operator will need to have achieved a relevant job qualification to obtain access to the majority of the construction sites.

O.S.A.T – On Site Assessment and Training
This route consists of induction, evidence gathering and workplace site assessments. Also, this NVQ can be completed in a number of months.

What do I do now?
Contact CISTC and make an appointment for your induction and profile session.



This induction course is recognised as best practice for those visiting or working on the Highways England Strategic Road Network (SRN).

This course is classroom-based at our centre.


Course sessions:


Pro Qual
CISTC are able to do NVQs from Level 1 to Level 6. NVQs (National Vocational Qualifications) are based on national occupational standards.

NVQ’s prove a workers’ competence by carrying out the assessment in the workplace. They involve on site observations on and our assessors will gather evidence to help you achieve your qualification.

NVQs can be completed in your own time, and site visits will be arranged with our assessors at times convenient to yourself and your employer.

NVQ’s are required when upgrading from a CPCS Red Card to a CPCS Blue Card. They are also required for certain type of CSCS Card, for example, Supervisors and Managers Cards. In some cases, you’ll even be eligible for a card extension when you sign up for an NVQ.

We specialise in plant operations NVQ’s but can also offer a range of NVQ’s for other construction trades to please contact the team to discuss your requirements.



Established in 1992, the National Plant Operators Registration Scheme is one of the UK’s leading Accreditation and Registration Bodies, working across the Construction, Industrial, Utilities, Warehousing and Distribution, Agricultural, Ports and Marine sectors.

NPORS offers flexibility, whilst maintaining standards, both nationally and internationally by working with industry. NPORS can be carried out at our Farnham Centre or if you have a suitable site we can come to you.

NPORS offers experienced worker assessment, as well as novice worker courses and CISTC works using NPORS course ratio guidelines. Candidates will be profiled to ensure they are put on the correct length training course for their experience.





If you have sites where CPCS or NPORS accreditation is not required, we can deliver on-site training at your premises. Or if preferred at our training centre.

On-site training courses can be a cost-effective way of training your employees. (CISTC can deliver group sessions either at your site or at our training centre, whichever is convenient to you.) The training will be delivered by one of our experienced trainers and employees will receive certification and an ID card from CISTC to show they are competent on the plant that they operate. Please note, these cards would not suffice on sites where an accredited ticket is required, but would show the HSE and insurers that formal training has been conducted. In-house certificates and ID cards are valid for 3 years.

Our trainers teach your employees:

Please contact us to speak to a member of our team, who will accommodate your training needs.