CPCS Construction Plant Competence Scheme


Plant operators provide a valuable service to the construction industry, operating a variety of machines involved in earthmoving, lifting, access and road construction.

The Construction Plant Competence Scheme (CPCS) provides skills cards for the plant sector of the Construction Industry by recognising skills, knowledge and understanding, competence and qualifications of plant operators. CPCS is recognised by Build UK (formerly the UK Contractors Group - UKCG) amongst others, as the preferred card to comply with codes of practice for competence and certification.

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Types of CPCS Cards

  • Trained Operator (Red) Card - a two year CPCS card that is non renewable
  • Competent Operator (Blue) Card - a five year CPCS card that is renewable

CPCS candidates can move from a Red Card to a Blue Card, through the SVQ Level 2 Plant Operations route.

TALA Training can deliver the SVQ Vocational Qualifications through on site assessment and are carried out by our experienced Assessors who will assist the candidate from the initial induction to successful completion.

CPCS Plant Categories

In order to achieve the CPCS card, delegates choose to undertake CPCS training from the following category options:

A09 Forward Tipping Dumper
A10 Excavator below 5 tonnes
A12 Excavator above 5 tonnes
A14 Rough Terrain Masted Forklift
A16 Industrial Forklift Truck
A17 Telescopic Handler
A18 Reach Truck
A31 Ride on Roller
A33 Agricultural Tractor
A36 Lorry Loader
A40 Slinger/Signaller
A58 Excavator 360 below 10 tonnes
A59 Excavator 360 above 10 tonnes
A60 Mobile Crane
A61 Appointed Person – Lifting Operations
A62 Crane/Lifting Operations Supervisor

Please contact our Training Team on 0141 621 4911 to book your CPCS training.