Plant Operations


Comply with the current codes of practice for plant operations with the industry’s preferred carding scheme – our testers cover over 50 different CPCS categories.

CPCS Construction Plant Competence Scheme

The CPCS scheme is recognised by the Build UK Contractors (formally UKCG) and Major Home Builders Group (MHBG), among others, as the preferred carding scheme to comply with codes of practice for competence and certification.

Who’s it for?

This scheme provides a registration card scheme acknowledged by industry for those involved in plant operations by recognising skills, knowledge and understanding, competence and qualifications. It is based on a mix of occupational competence, experience on site and health and safety awareness - three essential qualities for operating plant machinery safely and effectively.

The process

A CPCS test consists of a one-to-one theoretical assessment, followed by a practical examination. The theory element is tape recorded by one of our testers and the CPCS practical test could also be video recorded, if required.

The cards available within the CPCS Scheme are:


CPCS Red ‘Trained Operator’ Card


CPCS Blue ‘Competent Operator’ Card

CPCS Categories we cover

A02 Crawler Crane

A04 Tower Crane

A06 Tuck Mounted Concrete Pump

A09 Forward Tipping Dumper

A10 Excavator 180 – Wheeled (Below 5 Tonnes)

A12 Excavator 180 (Wheeled) – Above 5 Tonnes

A14 Rough Terrain Masted Forklift

A15 Side Loader Forklift

A16 Industrial Counterbalance

A17 Telescopic Handler

A18 Reach Truck

A19 Grader

A20 Hoist

A21 Wheeled Loading Shovel

A22 Tracked Loading Shovel

A23 Skid Steer Loader

A24 Motorised Scraper

A25 Mobile Elevating Work Platform (MEWP) – Scissor Lift

Mobile Elevating Work Platform (MEWP) – Boom Lift/Cherry Picker

A31 Ride on Roller

A36 Lorry Loader (Hi-Ab)

A40 Slinger Signaller

A42 Crusher

A43 Screener

A44 Trailer Mounted Concrete Pump

A45 Piling Rig – Driven (Below 15 Tonnes)

A46 Piling Rig – Driven (Above 15 Tonnes)

A47 Piling Rig – Bored (Below 15 Tonnes)

A48 Piling Rig – Bored (Above 15 Tonnes)

A49 Loader Securer – Non STGO

A50 Loader Securer – STGO

A56 Dump Truck – Articulated Chassis

A57 Dump Truck – Rigid Chassis

A58 Excavator 360 Degree (Tracked – Below 10 Tonnes)

A59 Excavator 360 Degree (Tracked – Above & Below 10 Tonnes)

A60 Mobile Crane

A61 Appointed Persons – Lifting Operations / Lift Planner

A62 Crane / Lift Supervisor

A63 Ped-Op (Pedestrian Operated) Tower Crane

A64 Overhead Travelling Crane / Gantry Crane

A66 Compact Crane

A68 Plant Driving

A71 Soil Stabiliser

A72 Static Concrete Placing Boom

A73 Plant & Vehicle Marshaller (Vehicle Banksman)

A74 Piling Rig Attendant

A95 Slinger Signaller

A97 Lifting Operations (Excavator 360 – Below 10 Tonnes)

A98 Lifting Operations (Excavator 360 – Above 10 Tonnes)

CITB Levy Registered?

If you are registered with the CITB ‘Construction Industry Training Board’ TUTS can help you claim between £250.00 and £517.00 per person in grant for CPCS testing alone, eliminating most (if not all) of your cost! We can even help you in claiming additional grants for any training days required

For further information on how we can assist you in eliminating the cost of upskilling your workforce please speak to one of our advisors today.

Upgrade a CPCS Red Trained Operator card to a CPCS Blue Competent Operator Card

Candidates needing to upgrade have to undertake an NVQ specific to the item(s) of plant they hold. For more information on the qualifications required, and delivery methods, please click here.



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