What is a Red CPCS Trained Operator Card?
The Red Trained Operator Card confirms a level of core skills, knowledge and understanding that can be applied in the workplace until measured as competent against national standards.
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Experienced and able operators may hold a trained operator card whilst being measured against national standards through an SVQ or NVQ.
This card is a 2-year temporary card and you must pass your Level 2 Plant NVQ within this time frame to be able to renew it into a full 5-year Blue CPCS Competent Operator Card.
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 Red CPCS Trained Operator Card
To get the Red CPCS Trained Operator Card you must:
✅ Carry out any training necessary to bring you up to the standard required to enable you to pass the CPCS technical test. This can be delivered by a trainer.
✅ 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.
What is the next step?
Once you have proven yourself competent (both with practical experience and by gaining a relevant SVQ or NVQ), you should apply for the Blue CPCS Competent Operator Card.