What evidence can I use for my NVQ?

What evidence can I use for my NVQ?

When you book an NVQ in lifting operations for either the CPCS A61 Appointed Person, CPCS A62 Crane Supervisor, CPCS A40 Slinger Signaller, CPCS A60 Mobile Crane, CPCS A66 Compact Crane with Ainscough Training Services, we will guide you through the process every step of the way.

The NVQ is completed on a one-to-one basis at a time and location to suit you and your business needs.

The process is quick and easy and very little downtime from work is required. All is needed is:

  • Evidence of 2 lifts that you have planned
  • 2 to 3 hours to complete the final assessment which is a professional discussion (an informal chat about your work as an appointed person) with your assessor

At Ainscough Training Services we take care of everything else. No Travel Expenses, No Hidden Costs, The price quoted is what you pay.

With Ainscough Training Services when you book an NVQ with us we will assign you your own personal Assessor, who will be on hand to help you.

How to collect, present and provide appropriate evidence for your Assessor?

The Ainscough Training Services Assessor’s are fully supported by an admin team who are also there to help you. We will send you evidence examples so you know exactly what you need to prepare.

Please click here for the evidence example for the CPCS A61 Appointed person NVQ
Please click here for the evidence example for the CPCS A62 Crane Supervisor NVQ
Please click here for the evidence example for the CPCS A40 Slinger Signaller NVQ
Please click here for the evidence example for the CPCS A60 Mobile Crane NVQ
Please click here for the evidence example for the CPCS A66 Compact Crane NVQ
Please click here for the evidence example for the CPCS A02 Crawler Crane NVQ
Please click here for the evidence example for the CPCS A17 Tele Handler NVQ

Ainscough Training Services is an accredited centre for NVQs. We pride ourselves on our impeccable service only employing highly occupationally competent assessors. They all have many years real crane operating experience working with some of the UK’s largest crane hire companies. They are all fully trained and hold recognised qualifications for assessment practice.

We also offer a dedicated admin team to support you and your assessor, ensuring that your NVQ runs smoothly and that you receive the very best customer service possible.

Our assessment service includes the following:

  • Registration with the Awarding Body
  • Administration of the whole process by an experienced and dedicated admin team
  • Access to a qualified NVQ assessor (all have many years of industry experience)
  • Full induction on to the qualification
  • Ongoing advice and guidance from the Assessor
  • One Assessment Visit per Qualification
  • Assessment of submitted evidence by the Assessor
  • Portfolio Building
  • Internal verification of the assessment decision leading to certification
  • Safe storage of Assessment decision documentation and copies of certification for the minimum required period

Please get in touch with any queries: info@ainscoughtraining.co.uk

What do I do if my red CPCS card has expired?


If the CPCS red card is shortly expiring or has recently expired, then once the delegate is registered for the NVQ they can apply for a 12 month card extension to cover them while they complete the NVQ. CPCS charge £28 to issue the card, if you choose Ainscough Training Services to complete your NVQ with and would like us to apply for the card for you, just let us know and we can add the cost on to the booking form.

I already have a red CPCS card and have passed the CPCS tests why do I need to do an NVQ?

When you achieve your red trained CPCS card you will have taken and passed the CPCS theory and practical test in your chosen category. This proves you are competent at that moment in time and you receive a red CPCS card which will last for 2 years. The NVQ will take you to the next level and prove you are competent in the workplace. On successful achievement of the NVQ along with the relevant health and safety test (must be within 2 years) you will be able to apply for  your Blue CPCS card which will last for 5 years and then just needs the renewal process.

The Construction Plant Competence Scheme (CPCS) provides skills cards for the plant sector of the Construction and allied industries. It was launched in 2003 and since then over 300,000 cards have been issued across 64 categories of plant and related occupations. The CPCS Technical Review Group working on behalf of industry continually review and amend the Scheme, in light of on-going Industry feedback, and external factors such as the latest occupational health issues, technology advances and new plant types.

Not all cards are the same

Are people on your site competent to do their job or just carded to get a job? It’s not about getting a card to work, to get on-site, it’s about having people on-site you can trust to do a good job, safely.

Be competent, be carded, be safe – With over 300,000 cards issued across more than 60 categories of plant and related occupations, CPCS is the construction industry’s largest plant card scheme.

One-to-one testing of theory and practical – Provides a stronger basis to test a candidates knowledge, experience and practical skills than in group testing.

More test questions – Depth of knowledge tested further, using an average of 70 questions per category.

Centre-based testing – Over 90% of our practical tests are taken in purpose-built test centres, Ainscough Training Services is one of our approved centres, ensuring the full range of operations are covered, without disrupting a site.

Independent Testing – Ensuring testers are not involved in the candidates training, guarantees the independent measure of ability and knowledge.

Continued Professional Development – Ongoing development for Operators ensures their skills and knowledge is up to date.

At Ainscough Training Services we can help you with the following for NVQs for you to gain your Blue CPCS card:
Appointed Person

Crane Supervisor
Slinger Signaller
Mobile Crane
Compact Crane
Crawler Crane
Tele Handler


How can I get to my Blue CPCS card quickly?

At Ainscough Training Services you can book your training course and NVQ at the same time, this is the quickest and cheapest way to get to your blue CPCS card.

This is called the Blue card package and includes your training CPCS theory and practical tests red CPCS card, NVQ and Blue CPCS card.

When you book the Ainscough Training Services Blue card package, and attend the training we will organise a mutually convenient time for your NVQ induction, then when you leave our training centre at the end of the week you will know exactly what to do for your next stage in completing your NVQ.

You will have also saved time as your induction will have already taken place and you will have all the contact details of your personal Ainscough Training Services Assessor who will be on hand to guide you through the next steps to achieve your blue CPC card.

For more details just call the Ainscough Training Services team on 01772 623591 (Mon – Fri 8.30 – 4pm) or email: info@ainscoughtraining.co.uk