The Construction Plant Competence Scheme (CPCS)

The CPCS Card shows that the holder has the training and skills required to operate plant within the UK’s construction industry.

What is a CPCS Card?

The CPCS Card (Construction Plant Competence Scheme) shows that the holder has the training and skills needed to be employed as a plant operator within the UK’s construction industry. 

CPCS Training covers a number of core concepts, ensuring that every graduate has proper training on:

HS&E Awareness

Identifying and avoiding potential dangers.


For different plant and equipment types.

Classroom-based Theory Work

To better understand and prepare for the test.


Both practical and theory on your specific plant category.

CPCS Card Plant Worker


What Types of
CPCS Card are there?

This card shows employers that you are trained on your chosen type of equipment, and have passed both your CPCS Theory and Practical tests and the CITB HS&E test.

If you have already held a Red card and earned a relevant NVQ or SVQ in Plant Operations, you’ll need a Blue (Competent Operator) Card.

How can I qualify for a CPCS card?

You can qualify for a Red card by taking the required course and passing the appropriate tests at the end.

To qualify for your Blue card, you will need to have achieved a relevant NVQ or SVQ, and pass the CITB HS&E test as well as the CPCS Theory and Practical tests.

You can add further endorsements and plant categories to your existing Blue CPCS card.

How long is a CPCS Card valid for?

A Red CPCS Card is valid for 2 years and can be extended. You are expected to take an appropriate NVQ or SVQ within 2 years in order to move up to a Blue card.

However, it is understood that some Red Cardholders will not achieve NVQ or SVQ qualification within the allotted time, so the NVQ/SVQ time limit can be extended by a further one or two years in certain circumstances.

A Blue CPCS Card is good for a full five years. It can be renewed, provided you meet certain requirements and pass a renewal test.

Prior to applying for the card applicants must have completed the appropriate CITB Health, Safety and Environment Test.

Valid for 5 Years

Blue Card

Valid for 2 Years

Red Card

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Frequently Asked Questions

Once the NVQ has been completed, you should receive your card within 14 working days.

All you need to do is contact CPCS directly at 0844 815 7274. They can issue a duplicate replacement card so long as your original card is still valid.

You won’t need to take any tests or recertify, but your new card will have the same expiry date as your old card.

Again, we recommend you CPCS directly at 0844 815 7274 for details.

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CSCS Card Finder

Once you have completed your NVQ and have an upto date Health and safety test,  you will be able to apply for the suitable CSCS card. 

You can use the CITB CSCS Card Finder to help you decide which CSCS card to apply for and which CITB Health, Safety & Environment test you need to pass based on your occupation.

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