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Ainscough Training Services is a specialist provider of training for lifting operations wherever and whenever cranes are in the work place.


What is CPCS

What is CPCS (Construction Plant Competence Scheme)

The Construction Plant Competence Scheme (CPCS) is the only scheme supported and managed by key industry bodies from the construction and allied sectors. The CPCS card is the recognised plant operator's card accepted on any UK Contractors Group (UKCG) construction site. It proves you can work to national occupational standards of competence and it proves you have the skills that employers need.

Don't be turned away on site for not having a CPCS card -CPCS essential for Plant Operators

Progression through the scheme is simple

Stage One:

How to get your red CPCS Trained  Card

The CPCS Trained Operator Red Card certifies that the plant operator has successfully passed the relevant Health. Safety & Environment Test and both their CPCS Theory & Practical tests in the relevant category of plant.

In order to ensure the card holders competence, the CPCS Trained Operator Red card is only valid for 2 years and is non- renewable. You need to move to stage two to progress through the scheme.

Stage two


How to get your blue CPCS card?
The next stage is to register for and achieve the relevant SVQ or NVQ for the category of plant you operate, this needs to be achieved within the two years of your red card.

A qualified Assessor will guide you through the process of attaining your qualification. This is through the generating of evidence of your skills and competence in the work place. You can then apply for your CPCS blue Competent Card which is valid for 5 years

Plant Operators are awarded their CPCS card after successfully passing the CPCS theory & Practical Technical Tests in their chosen category, which is available through Ainscough Training Services's  accredited CPCS Test Centre at Leyland and Hoddesdon. Please visit or call  for more inforamtion on courses & NVQs  Candidates must have also passed the relevant Health, Safety & Environment test prior to taking the CPCS Technical tests please see:


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