Red CPCS Trained Operator Card

The Red CPCS 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. This card is the first card you will receive after passing your CPCS technical test before you can progress on to a Blue CPCS Competent Operator Card.

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Red CPCS Trained Operator Card

CITB: Construction Industry Training Board
2 years
2 years
18+ years, right to work in UK, relevant training and qualifications
CITB health, safety & environment test pass, CPCS technical tests (theory and practical)

Obtain Red CPCS Trained Operator Card
  • Obtain relevant NVQ or SVQ qualification
  • Pass and complete CITB Health, Safety & Environment test
  • Complete novice or refresher training along with the CPCS technical tests (theory and practical) for each plant category
Awarded Red CPCS Trained Operator Card
Upgrade to the Blue CPCS Competent Operator Card.
  • hold a CPCS Red Trained Operator Card for the category which is within 12 months of expiry date
  • pass the relevant CITB health, safety and environment test within the last two years
  • achieve a SVQ or NVQ, with the appropriate units relevant to the category.
  • Call the CPCS Helpline on 0844 815 7274, confirm your details and make a payment of £25. A Blue CPCS Competent Operator Card will be issued for five years
Renew your Blue CPCS Competent Operator Card every 5 years
  • Pass the HS&E Test within the last 2 years
  • Pass the renewal test modules for each category you wish to renew
  • Record at least 300 hours per category in your logbook
  • Complete an on-site assessment
  • Complete a practical test
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