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Not all card schemes are the same and with CPCS it is more than just being given a card to get on site, it's about knowing you have had the training to be trusted to do a good job and to do it safely. A CPCS card helps prove people have the skills and knowledge to do their job, competently on site.

 CPCS standards ensure a higher level of testing with greater levels of quality assurance.

 A CPCS card is accepted on all UK construction sites and in many cases is the only card to be accepted.


At the beginning of March 2019, CPCS became part of the NOCN group, one of the largest awarding organisations in the UK. NOCN has retained the experienced management committee who have the technical and industry knowledge and NOCN promises to continue to invest in the scheme to deliver further value to current and future operators and this includes the introduction of Smart Cards and Digital Logbooks. 


The Trained Operator Card (red card) is just the first step in achieving The Competent Operator Card (blue card).  It is valid for 2 years, during that time the operator needs to gain experience with the machine and go on to achieve the SVQ or NVQ with the relevant units.  Once the NVQ is awarded then the blue card can be applied for.  The blue card is valid for 5-years and is renewable.

Main Training offer training and testing and advice to achieve:

  • CPCS Trained Operator Card (Red Card).

  • CPCS Competent Operator Card (Blue Card) including NVQs.

  • CPCS Blue card renewals including On-site Assessments.

CPCS courses available include:


  • A59 Excavator 360 above 10 Tonnes

  • A58 Excavator 360 below 10 Tonnes

  • A58 & A59C Lifting Operations

  • A73 Plant and Vehicle Marshaller

  • A33 Agricultural Tractor

  • A40 Slinger/Signaller

  • A09 Forward Tipping Dumper
  • A31 Ride-On Roller

  • A23 Skid Steer Loader

  • A34 Crawler/Tractor Dozer

  • A56 Articulated Dump Trump

  • A17 Telehandler including the E endorsement – Suspended Loads (Non Rough Terrain)

  • A61 Appointed Person

  • A62 Crane Supervisor

  • A77 Telescopic Handler including 360 Slew

  • A43 Screener

  • A42 Crusher

Main Training Ltd offer novice, intermediate and experienced/advanced courses.

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Unit S4B, Rosier Business Park, Coneyhurst Rd, Billingshurst RH14 9DE, UK

0800 170 7477 /01403 782670.

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