What is the Blue CPCS Competent Operator Card?
What is a Blue CPCS Competent Operator Card?
The Blue CPCS Competent Operator Card confirms you have demonstrated a level of health, safety and environment awareness through the CITB health, safety and environment test. This also includes an acquired knowledge through a CPCS theory test, operating ability through a CPCS practical test and operating competence on the type of plant evidenced by an SVQ or NVQ.
Why is a CPCS card necessary?
Having a CPCS card is necessary as it showcases to employers efficiently and knowledge of the industry. The objective of the CPCS card is to ensure that employers and plant operators can have confidence that they are meeting the required standards in health and safety legislation. As a result, employing only CPCS card holders in the relevant positions ensures that individuals who possess, and maintain, the knowledge and competence to safeguard plant safety and meet legislative requirements, hold these key roles.
How to get a Blue CPCS Competent Operator Card
To get the Blue CPCS Competent Operator Card you must:
already have a Red CPCS Trained Operator Card.
provide proof of achievement of the SVQ or NVQ for the category being applied for to the CPCS Test Centre
pass the relevant CITB health, safety and environment test
achieve the CPCS theory test (within two years of the CITB health, safety and environment test)
achieve the CPCS practical test (within six months of the CPCS theory test and within two years of the CITB health, safety and environment test)
Both CPCS theory and practical tests are delivered by an accredited CPCS test centre. Find an accredited CPCS test centre HERE.
On achievement of the CPCS practical test, the CPCS test centre will request the competent operator card on your behalf.
On receipt of your first competent operator card, you will be sent a CPCS logbook. The role of the logbook is to record life-long learning and evidence towards the renewal of a competent operator card.
Training towards a Blue CPCS Competent Operator Card is varied and is dependent on the type of course and role.
Training available include courses for:
Forward Tipping Dumpers
For more information on courses available please see HERE