The Red Trained Operator card will only last for 2 years. In this time you are required to undertake the relevant NVQ in order to upgrade your card to the Blue Competent Operator Card. The red card cannot be renewed,* the only way to remain in the CPCS scheme is to complete the relevant NVQ.

*Once you have registered for the relevant NVQ you can request a red CPCS extension, providing you are still within the grace period of your expired red card. For help and advice just call our team on 01772 623591 or

National Vocational Qualifications (NVQs) are competence based and are achieved in the workplace. They demonstrate your ability at work by recognising the skills, knowledge, ability, training and experience required to perform a job safely and in an effective and efficient manner.

To complete the NVQ you will be required to submit work based evidence and also complete an assessment by observation with the assessor. Ainscough Training Services is an accredited Cskills Awards centre offering NVQs relating to the lifting industry. For all the CPCS training we offer we also offer the corresponding NVQ so we can take you through the whole process from start to finish. Please see the ‘NVQ’ menu above to view our full list of categories that we offer.

With our NVQ service there are no Travel Expenses, No Hidden Costs, The price quoted is what you pay.

Included in the cost:
Awarding Body Registration fees
Allocation of assessor to guide the delegate through their NVQ
Full induction and profile on to the NVQ
Examples of evidence required to complete your NVQ
Verbal end assessment so no need for writing long assignments which your employees don’t have time to complete
Assessor travel to your preferred location for assessment
Full administration of the whole NVQ process including internal verification and portfolio building
Swift certification from the awarding body as we have direct claim status
Two visits to your site

Please click here for more information about the NVQ and our assessment service.

In 2019, NOCN Job Cards acquired the Construction Plant Competence Scheme (CPCS) the leading skills certification scheme for plant within the UK construction industry from CITB. NOCN Job Cards provide proof that individuals have the required training and qualifications for the type of work they carry out.

The scheme operates two cards, below is the “old” design CPCS card that is still valid until the respective category expiry date and the new CPCS card under NOCN .

The new CPCS Digital SMART Cards feature: – Near Field Communication (NFC) technology – Increased fraud prevention – Secure authentication for employers.

Or Click the relevant category below to book your NVQ:

CPCS Appointed Person NVQ

CPCS Crane Supervisor NVQ

CPCS Slinger Signaller NVQ

CPCS  Mobile Crane NVQ

CPCS Lorry Loader NVQ

CPCS Compact Crane

CPCS Telescopic Handler


Once you have completed the NVQ you will be entitled to apply for the CPCS Blue Competent Operator card. This card lasts for 5 years and is renewed via the CPCS renewal process.