CPCS Red Trained Operator Card

Frequently asked questions about the CPCS Trained Operator Card

What is a CPCS Trained Operator Card?

The CPCS Red Card, also known as the Trained Operator Card, is a card offered by the CPCS for those who are at the beginning of their career in plant operation. 

This card enables an individual to work in their chosen field (under supervision) while they complete the relevant NVQ or other relevant vocational qualification.

How do I apply for the CPCS Trained Operator Card?

In order to apply for this card the following requirements must be met:
A Plant training course in the current area of work
A Pass in the CITB health, safety & environment test within the last 2 years
A Pass in the CPCS Theory test in the relevant plant that is operated
A Pass in the CPCS Practical Test using the relevant plant machinery (Must be taken within 6 of passing the CPCS Theory Test)

How long does the CPCS Trained Operator Card last for?

The Red CPCS Trained Operator Card is valid for 2 years. 

How do I renew my CPCS Red Card / Trained Operator Card?

Candidates are expected to have completed their qualification before the expiration of this card, However a 12 month extension is available if the qualification is delayed ( proof of relevant NVQ / SVQ registration required for extension to be granted).

Is a CPCS card the same as a CSCS card?

The CPCS card is the Construction Plant Competence Scheme, and it is more in-depth than the CSCS card scheme. It is for those who work with plant machinery in construction. Just like the CSCS card, it is there to prove someone’s competency before they ever step on the construction site.

Supporting Courses & Training

Supporting courses, training and qualifications for the CPCS Trained Operator Card
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CPCS A02 Crawler Crane

TYPE
Experienced & Novice
This course aims to provide thorough practical and theory training in operating a Crawler Crane. This enables the candidate to competently and safely carry out the role and pass the CPCS Theory and Practical Tests.
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CPCS A04 Tower Crane

TYPE
Experienced & Novice
This course aims to provide thorough practical and theory training in operating a Tower Crane and to enable the candidate to competently and safely carry out the role and pass the CPCS Theory and Practical Tests.
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CPCS A06 Concrete Pump – Truck Mounted Boom

TYPE
Experienced & Novice
This course aims to provide thorough practical and theory training in operating a Concrete Pump Truck Mounted, and to enable the candidate to competently and safely carry out the role and pass the CPCS Theory and Practical Tests.
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CPCS A09 Forward Tipping Dumper – All sizes

TYPE
Experienced & Novice
This course is designed to provide thorough practical and theory CPCS Forward Tipping Dumper - all sizes training. It is also designed to enable the candidate to competently and safely carry out the role and pass the CPCS Theory and Practical Tests.
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CPCS A12 180 Excavator

TYPE
Experienced & Novice
This course aims to provide thorough practical and theory plant training to give members the experience they need to operate a 180 degree Excavator. Our CPCS 180 Excavator training enables the candidate to competently and safely carry out the role and pass the CPCS Theory and Practical Tests.
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CPCS A14 Rough Terrain Masted Forklift

TYPE
Experienced & Novice
Designed to provide thorough practical and theory training in operating a Rough Terrain Forklift, and to enable the candidate to competently and safely operate the machine and pass the CPCS Theory and Practical Tests.
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CPCS A15 Forklift Side Loader

TYPE
Experienced & Novice
Designed to provide high quality training and testing in the safe and effective use of plant and machinery for people operating a Forklift Side Loader , and to enable the candidate to competently and safely fulfil the role and pass the relevant CPCS Theory and Practical Tests.
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CPCS A16 Industrial Forklift Truck

TYPE
Experienced & Novice
This course provides thorough practical and theory training in operating an Industrial Forklift Truck. It enables the candidate to competently and safely carry out the role and pass the CPCS Theory and Practical Tests.
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CPCS A17 Telehandler

TYPE
Experienced & Novice
This course aims to provide thorough theoretical and practical training in operating a telehandler and to enable the candidate to competently and safely operate the machine and pass the CPCS Telescopic Handler training course Theory and Practical Tests.
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CPCS A19 Grader

TYPE
Experienced & Novice
To provide thorough practical and theory plant training in operating a Grader, to enable the candidate to competently and safely fulfil the role and pass the relevant CPCS Theory and Practical Tests.
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CPCS A20 Hoist Operator

TYPE
Experienced & Novice
To provide thorough practical and theoretical construction plant training in operating a mechanical hoist. This will enable the candidate to competently and safely carry out the role and pass the CPCS Hoist training course Theory and Practical Tests.
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CPCS A21 Wheeled Loading Shovel

TYPE
Experienced & Novice
To provide thorough practical and theory plant training in operating a Wheeled Loading Shovel, to enable the candidate to competently and safely carry out the role and pass the CPCS Theory and Practical Tests.
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CPCS A22 Track Loading Shovel

TYPE
Experienced & Novice
To provide thorough practical and theory plant training in operating a Tracked Loading Shovel, to enable the candidate to competently and safely carry out the role and pass the CPCS Theory and Practical Tests.
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CPCS A23 Skid Steer

TYPE
Experienced & Novice
To provide thorough practical and theory plant training in operating a Skid Steer Loader, to enable the candidate to competently and safely carry out the role and pass the CPCS Theory and Practical Tests.
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CPCS A24 Motorised Scraper

TYPE
Experienced & Novice
To provide thorough practical and theory plant training in operating a Motorised Scraper, to enable the candidate to competently and safely carry out the role and pass the CPCS Theory and Practical Tests.
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CPCS A25 Mobile Elevating Work Platform – Scissor

TYPE
Experienced & Novice
Training provided thorough practical and theory plant training in operating Scissor Lift MEWP's giving competency to those in the role.
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CPCS A26 Mobile Elevating Work Platform – Boom

TYPE
Experienced & Novice
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CPCS A27 Mobile Elevating Work Platform – Mast Climber

TYPE
Experienced & Novice
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CPCS A30 Piling Rig – Tripod

TYPE
Experienced & Novice
Training provided thorough practical and theory in operating A30 Piling Rig - Tripod, to ensure candidates have competency.
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CPCS A31 Ride on Roller

TYPE
Experienced & Novice
To provide comprehensive practical and theory-based construction plant training in operating a Ride on Roller, to enable the candidate to competently and safely carry out the role and pass the CPCS Theory and Practical Tests.
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CPCS A32 Soil/Landfill Compacter

TYPE
Experienced & Novice
To provide thorough practical and theory training in operating duties involving Soil Stabiliser, to enable the candidate to competently and safely carry out the role and pass the CPCS Theory and Practical Tests.
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CPCS A33 Agricultural Tractor

TYPE
Experienced & Novice
To provide thorough practical and theory plant training in operating an Agricultural Tractor, to enable the candidate to competently and safely carry out the role and pass the CPCS Theory and Practical Tests.
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CPCS A34 Crawler – Tractor / Dozer

TYPE
Experienced & Novice
To provide thorough practical and theory plant training in operating a Crawler – Tractor/Dozer, to enable the candidate to competently and safely carry out the role and pass the CPCS Theory and Practical Tests.
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CPCS A35 Crawler Side Boom

TYPE
Experienced & Novice
To provide thorough practical and theory training in operating a Crawler – Tractor/Side Boom, to enable the candidate to competently and safely carry out the role and pass the CPCS Theory and Practical Tests.
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CPCS A36 Lorry Loader ( HIAB )

TYPE
Experienced & Novice
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CPCS A37 Trencher

TYPE
Experienced & Novice
To provide thorough practical and theory plant training in operating a Trencher, to enable the candidate to competently and safely carry out the role and pass the CPCS Theory and Practical Tests.
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CPCS A39 Skip Handler

TYPE
Experienced & Novice
To provide thorough practical and theory plant training in the responsibilities of a Skip Handler, to enable the candidate to competently and safely carry out the role and pass the CPCS Theory and Practical Tests.
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CPCS A40 Slinger Signaller

TYPE
Experienced & Novice
To deliver thorough practical and theory-based slinger and signaller training to allow the candidate to competently and safely conduct the construction plant operating role and pass the CPCS Signaller/Slinger training course Theory and Practical Tests.
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CPCS A41 Loader Compressor (trac air)

TYPE
Experienced & Novice
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CPCS A42 Crusher

TYPE
Experienced & Novice
To provide thorough practical and theory plant training in operating a Crusher, to enable the candidate to competently and safely carry out the role and pass the CPCS Theory and Practical Tests.
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CPCS A43 Screener

TYPE
Experienced & Novice
To provide thorough practical and theory training in operating a Screener, to enable the candidate to competently and safely carry out the role and pass the CPCS Theory and Practical Tests.
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CPCS A44 Concrete Pump – Trailer Mounted

TYPE
Experienced & Novice
To provide thorough practical and theory training in operating a Concrete Pump Truck Mounted, to enable the candidate to competently and safely carry out the role and pass the CPCS Theory and Practical Tests.
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CPCS A45 Piling Rig – Driven below 20 tonnes

TYPE
Experienced & Novice
Training provided thorough practical and theory in operating A45 Piling Rig – Driven below 20 tonnes, to ensure candidates have competency.
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CPCS A46 Piling Rig – Driven above 20 tonnes

TYPE
Experienced & Novice
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CPCS A47 Piling Rigs – Bored below 20 tonnes

TYPE
Experienced & Novice
Training provided thorough practical and theory in operating A47 Piling Rigs – Bored below 20 tonnes, to ensure candidates have competency.
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CPCS A48 Piling Rig – Bored above 20 tonnes

TYPE
Experienced & Novice
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CPCS A49 Lorry Loader / Securer

TYPE
Experienced & Novice
To provide thorough practical and theory training in carrying out Lorry Loader / Securer with various items of plant machinery, to enable the candidate to competently and safely fulfil the role and pass the relevant CPCS Theory and Practical Tests.
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CPCS A50 Lorry Loader / Securer STGO

TYPE
Experienced & Novice
To provide thorough practical and theory training in carrying out Lorry Loader / Securer with various items of plant machinery under STGO legislation.
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CPCS A56 Dump Truck Articulated Chassis

TYPE
Experienced & Novice
To provide thorough practical and theoretical plant training in operating a Dump Truck – Articulated Chassis, to enable the candidate to safely and competently operate the machinery and pass the CPCS Theory and Practical Tests.
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CPCS A57 Dump Truck – Rigid Chassis

TYPE
Experienced & Novice
To provide thorough practical and theory plant training in operating a Rigid Chassis Dump Truck, to allow the candidate to competently and safely execute the role and pass the necessary CPCS Theory and Practical Tests.
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CPCS A58 & A59 360 Digger Excavator

TYPE
Experienced & Novice
To provide thorough practical and theory plant training in operating a 360 (Digger) Excavator above (A59) and below (A58) 10T, to enable the candidate to competently and safely fulfil the role and pass the relevant CPCS Theory and Practical Tests.
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CPCS A60 Mobile Crane

TYPE
Experienced & Novice
To provide thorough practical and theory plant training in operating a Mobile Crane, to enable the candidate to competently and safely fulfil the role and pass the CPCS Theory and Practical Tests.
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CPCS A61 Appointed Person

TYPE
Experienced & Novice
To provide comprehensive construction plant training on the responsibilities of an Appointed Person. To fully enable the candidate to competently and safely carry out the role and pass the CPCS Theory and Practical Tests.
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CPCS A62 Crane Lift Supervisors

TYPE
Experienced & Novice
To deliver thorough theory-based and practical training on all the key responsibilities of a Lift Supervisor. To ensure the candidate is able to competently and safely execute the role and pass the required CPCS Theory and Practical Tests.
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CPCS A66 Compact Crane

TYPE
Experienced & Novice
To provide detailed and thorough theory and practical plant training in operating a Compact Crane, to enable the candidate to competently and safely fulfil the operational role and pass the required CPCS Theory and Practical Tests.
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CPCS A68 Plant Driving

TYPE
Experienced & Novice
The A68 category is ideal for mechanics and fitters that are required to test a machine after servicing or repairs.
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CPCS A71 Soil Stabiliser

TYPE
Experienced & Novice
To provide thorough practical and theory training in operating duties involving Soil Stabiliser, to enable the candidate to competently and safely carry out the role and pass the CPCS Theory and Practical Tests.
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CPCS A72 Static Concrete Placing Boom

TYPE
Experienced & Novice
To provide thorough theory and practical training on the Static Concrete Placing Boom enabling candidates to competently and safely carry out the role with a view to confidently passing the CPCS Theory and Practical tests.
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CPCS A73 Traffic Marshall

TYPE
Experienced & Novice
To provide thorough practical and theory training in Plant and Vehicle Marshaller, to enable the candidate to competently and safely carry out the role and pass the CPCS Theory and Practical Tests.
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CPCS A75 Conveying Pump

TYPE
Experienced & Novice
To provide thorough theory and practical training in competently operating conveying pump, to enable the candidate to competently and safely carry out the role and pass the CPCS Theory and Practical Tests.
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CPCS D90 Demolition Plant

TYPE
Experienced & Novice
To provide a thorough theory and practical training programme in operating Demolition Plant, to enable the candidate to competently, and safely, fulfil the role, passing the necessary CPCS Theory and Practical Tests.
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