The Construction Plant Competence Scheme (CPCS)

The Construction Plant Competence Scheme (CPCS) provides skills cards for the plant sector of the construction and allied industries. It is a scheme developed by industry for the industry.

QOTA offers a variety of course options, the duration of which will depend on your ability and experience. Please contact us to discuss the best options available to you.

You must have the passed the relevant Health and Safety Test before taking any CPCS test.

The CPCS technical test is made up of theory and practical tests.

Theory Test covers health and safety, maintenance and operation knowledge about the machine. You will have to pass the theory test before you can move on to the practical test.

Practical Test involves maintenance checks and normal site operations for the chosen machine. When you have completed both the theory and practical tests you will get the CPCS (Red) Trained Operator Card.

  Course Title Category Short Code
Forward Tipping Dumper CPCS A09

Course Information

Training Duration

Years of Experience Duration (Days)
Novice (Less than 1 year or no operational experience): 3 - 4
Intermediate (1-2 years operational experience): 2
Experienced (2+ years operational experience): 1
Test only: 1

Note: The number of days training does not include the CPCS test

Pre-requisites

  1. You must have the passed the relevant CITB Health and Safety Test within 2 years of the CPCS test.

Primary Objectives -

The CPCS Forward Dipping Dumper training course aims to provide delegates with the knowledge and practical skills to be able to safely operate Forward Tipping Dumpers. Course will include:

  • Pre start checks.
  • Setting the Dumper for site & road travel.
  • Travelling over differing types of terrain
  • Traveling up & down substantial inclines
  • Positioning dumper to receive loads.
  • Complying with loading procedures.
  • Discharging loads into trenches & over edges.
  • Explaining loading and unloading procedures on & off of transporter

Excavator 180° below 5 tonnes CPCS A10

Course Information


Training Duration

Years of Experience Duration (Days)
Novice (Less than 1 year or no operational experience): 7
Intermediate (1-2 years operational experience): 4 - 5
Experienced (2+ years operational experience): 1
Test only: 1

Note: The number of days training does not include the CPCS test

Pre-requisites

  1. You must have the passed the relevant CITB Health and Safety Test within 2 years of the CPCS test.

Primary Objectives -

The CPCS 180 Excavator training course will provide the skills and experience necessary to work efficiently in the workplace using this vehicle.

Course will include:

  • Naming and explaining the purpose of principal components, the basic construction, controls and terminology.
  • Conforming to manufacturer’s requirements as per the operator’s handbook,
  • Other types of information source and relevant regulations and legislation,
  • Pre-use checks
  • Configuring machine ready for site and highway travel
  • Traveling over rough, undulating ground, steep inclines and level surfaces
  • Maneuvering in confined spaces
  • Configuring and set-up for excavating duties
  • Explaining actions required for hazards, underground and overhead services
  • Excavating differing types of excavations in various types of ground
  • Placing materials into transporting vehicles and hoppers
  • Grade, spread and level ground and materials
  • Attaching and remove buckets
  • Lifting, moving and placing basic slung loads with the rear boom
  • Carrying out shut down and securing procedures
  • Explaining the loading and unloading procedures for machine transporting

Telescopic Handler CPCS A17

Course Information


Training Duration

Years of Experience Duration (Days)
Novice (Less than 1 year or no operational experience): 4
Intermediate (1-2 years operational experience): 2 - 3
Experienced (2+ years operational experience): 1
Test only: 1

Note: The number of days training does not include the CPCS test

Pre-requisites

  1. You must have the passed the relevant CITB Health and Safety Test within 2 years of the CPCS test.

Primary Objectives -

To provide theory and practical training in operating a telehandler to enable the candidate to competently and safely operate the machine. Course will include:
  • Correct machine operation
  • Understanding different loads
  • Understand names, components and terminology
  • Site the machine safely and efficiently for use
  • Correct maneuvering of machine
  • Understand the capabilities, purposes and limitations of each machine
  • Follow all necessary safety precautions
  • Understand how to load and transport materials
  • The effects of load size, weight and ground conditions when lifting
  • Pre-use and shutdown checks
  • Lifting and traveling with under slung loads

Ride on Roller CPCS A31

Course Information


Training Duration

Years of Experience Duration (Days)
Novice (Less than 1 year or no operational experience): 3
Intermediate (1-2 years operational experience): 2
Experienced (2+ years operational experience): 1
Test only: 1

Note: The number of days training does not include the CPCS test

Pre-requisites

  1. You must have the passed the relevant CITB Health and Safety Test within 2 years of the CPCS test.

Primary Objectives -

To provide theory and practical training in operating a Ride on Roller to enable the candidate to competently and safely operate the machine. Course will include:

  • Correct Machine Operation
  • How to set the roller for travel
  • Understanding and awareness of site risks and hazards
  • Know how to carry out all pre-use and shut down checks
  • Correct set up for compacting
  • Acknowledge compacted and uncompact areas
  • Recognising conditions that can cause instability for the roller
  • Knowing correct safety procedures when working close and up to unsupported edges
  • Correct procedure for loading and unloading on and off a transporter

Crawler Tractor / Dozer CPCS A34

Course Information


Training Duration

Years of Experience Duration (Days)
Novice (Less than 1 year or no operational experience): 10
Intermediate (1-2 years operational experience): 5
Experienced (2+ years operational experience): 1
Test only: 1

Note: The number of days training does not include the CPCS test

Pre-requisites

  1. You must have the passed the relevant CITB Health and Safety Test within 2 years of the CPCS test.

Primary Objectives -

To provide theory and practical training in operating a crawler dozer to enable the candidate to competently and safely operate the machine. Course will include:

  • Describe the nature of the sector of industry and their role and responsibilities as a plant operator
  • Name and explain the purpose of principal components, the basic construction, controls and terminology
  • Conform with manufacturer’s requirements as per the operator’s handbook, other types of information source and relevant regulations and legislation
  • Undertake all pre-use checks
  • Configure and set for site travel
  • Travel over rough, undulating ground, substantial inclines and level surfaces
  • Manoeuvre in confined spaces
  • Configure and set for excavating duties
  • Explain actions required for hazards, underground and overhead services
  • Excavate differing types of excavations in various types of ground
  • Construct ramps and form and shape stockpiles
  • Grade, spread and level ground and materials
  • Carry out shut down and securing procedures
  • Explain the loading and unloading procedures for machine transporting

Lorry Loader CPCS A39

Course Information


Training Duration

Years of Experience Duration (Days)
Novice (Less than 1 year or no operational experience): 4
Intermediate (1-2 years operational experience): 2 - 3
Experienced (2+ years operational experience): 1
Test only: 1

Note: The number of days training does not include the CPCS test

Pre-requisites

  1. You must have the passed the relevant CITB Health and Safety Test within 2 years of the CPCS test.

Primary Objectives -

To provide an understanding of the relevant operational and safety requirements applicable to lorry loader operators (such as Hi-Ab). Course will include:

  • Describing the nature of the sector of industry and their role and responsibilities as a plant operator
  • Naming and explaining the purpose of principle components, the basic construction, controls and terminology
  • Conforming with manufacturer’s requirements as per the operators handbook, other types of information source and relevant regulations and legislation
  • Explaining all relevant documentation
  • Undertaking all pre-use checks on host vehicle and loader crane
    Configuring the vehicle and loader for travel
  • Travelling the vehicle to an area of work
  • Manoeuvring in confined spaces
  • Positioning and configuring the vehicle and loader crane for lifting duties
  • Deploying the stabilisers
  • Explaining actions required for hazards, underground and overhead services
  • Complying with Rated Capacity Indicators or Load Moment Indicators
  • Identifying weights and centres of gravity
  • Lifting various loads using the full radius and slewing capabilities of the loader
  • Placing loads accurately at designated positions including on and from the vehicle
  • Explaining different types of compatible lifting accessories
  • Maintaining safe working situations

Loader Securer CPCS A50

Course Information


Training Duration

Years of Experience Duration (Days)
Novice (Less than 1 year or no operational experience): 5
Intermediate (1-2 years operational experience): 3
Experienced (2+ years operational experience): 1
Test only:

Pre-requisites

  1. You must have the passed the relevant CITB Health and Safety Test within 2 years of the CPCS test.

Primary Objectives -

To provide theory and practical training & testing in safe and effective loading and unloading mobile plant under STGO legislation. Course will include:

  • Describe the nature of the sector of industry and their role and responsibilities as a loader/securer
  • Name and explain types of transporter, purpose, principal components, the basic construction, controls and terminology
  • Conform with manufacturer's requirements as per the operator's handbook, other types of information source and relevant regulations and legislation
  • Undertake all pre-use checks on the transporter and prime mover
  • Configure and set for site and public highway travel, loaded and unloaded
  • Prepare the area for loading and unloading duties
  • Explain actions required for hazards, underground and overhead services
  • Arrange, use and comply with communication procedures
  • Load or direct and position different items of plant on and off a trailer
  • Arrange, secure and ready items of plant on the trailer in preparation for travel on the public highway
  • Explain STGO legislative requirements for transporting loads on the highway
  • Explain considerations when planning a route on the public highway
  • State requirements to be undertaken when loading and unloading on the public highway
  • Carry out shut down and securing procedures
  • Explain the Road Traffic Act requirements

Dump Truck – Articulated Chassis CPCS A56

Course Information


Training Duration

Years of Experience Duration (Days)
Novice (Less than 1 year or no operational experience): 5
Intermediate (1-2 years operational experience): 3
Experienced (2+ years operational experience): 1
Test only: 1

Note: The number of days training does not include the CPCS test

Pre-requisites

  1. You must have the passed the relevant CITB Health and Safety Test within 2 years of the CPCS test.

Primary Objectives -

To provide a thorough understanding of the relevant operational and safety requirements applicable to articulated dump truck operators. Course will include:

  • Describing the nature of the sector of industry and their role and responsibilities as a plant operator.
  • Naming and explaining the purpose of principle components, the basic construction, controls and terminology.
  • Conforming with manufacturer’s requirements as per the operators handbook, other types of information source and relevant regulations and legislation.
  • Undertaking all pre-use checks.
  • Configuring the plant to be set for travel (site and highway).
  • Travelling over rough, undulating ground, steep inclines and level surfaces – loaded and unloaded.
  • Manoeuvring in confined spaces whilst carrying loads.
  • Ensuring the suitability of the tipping and loading area.
  • Explaining actions required for hazards, underground and overhead services.
  • Positioning to receive loads.
  • Complying with loading procedures.
  • Ensuring load integrity and security.
  • Transferring loads to different locations.
  • Discharging loads into trenches and over edges.
  • Maintaining safe and tidy working areas.
  • Carrying out shut down and securing procedures.
  • Explaining the loading and unloading procedures for machine transporting.

360 Excavator Above 10 tonne CPCS A59

Course Information


Training Duration

Years of Experience Duration (Days)
Novice (Less than 1 year or no operational experience): 7 - 9
Intermediate (1-2 years operational experience): 4 - 5
Experienced (2+ years operational experience): 1
Test only: 1

Note: The number of days training does not include the CPCS test

Pre-requisites

  1. You must have the passed the relevant CITB Health and Safety Test within 2 years of the CPCS test.

Primary Objectives -

To provide you with a thorough understanding of the relevant operational and safety requirements applicable to 360 excavator operators. Course will include:

  • Understand current Health & Safety legislation including: lifting operations, lifting equipment regulations and lifting signals.
  • Carrying out pre-start and running checks on machine.
  • Learn to set the excavator for site travel.
  • Travel over differing types of terrain, including undulating ground and slope.
  • Manoeuvre in confined areas using forward & reverse direction.
  • Set the excavator for relevant duties.
  • Produce a vertical trench to the specified dimensions.
  • Complete a square excavation with vertical sides at the end of the dug trench.
  • Load material into a vehicle.
  • Remove the bucket and replace with an alternative.
  • Lift the load from minimum radius, position the load at 75% of full radius and rotate for a minimum of 180 degrees. On completion land the load at a given point and detach.
  • Reinstate the work area back to the original state.
  • Shutdown and secure procedure.
  • Explain loading and unloading procedures on and off a transporter

180 Excavator Above 5 tonne CPCS A12

Course Information


Training Duration

Years of Experience Duration (Days)
Novice (Less than 1 year or no operational experience): 8
Intermediate (1-2 years operational experience): 4 - 5
Experienced (2+ years operational experience): 1
Test only: 1

Note: The number of days training does not include the CPCS test

Pre-requisites

  1. You must have the passed the relevant CITB Health and Safety Test within 2 years of the CPCS test.

Primary Objectives -

The CPCS 180 Excavator training course will provide the skills and experience necessary to work efficiently in the workplace using this vehicle.

Course will include:

  • Naming and explaining the purpose of principal components, the basic construction, controls and terminology
  • Conforming to manufacturer’s requirements as per the operator’s handbook,
    Other types of information source and relevant regulations and legislation
  • Pre-use checks
  • Configuring machine ready for site and highway travel
  • Traveling over rough, undulating ground, steep inclines and level surfaces
  • Maneuvering in confined spaces
  • Configuring and set-up for excavating duties
  • Explaining actions required for hazards, underground and overhead services
  • Excavating differing types of excavations in various types of ground
  • Placing materials into transporting vehicles and hoppers
  • Grade, spread and level ground and materials
  • Attaching and remove buckets
  • Lifting, moving and placing basic slung loads with the rear boom
  • Carrying out shut down and securing procedures
  • Explaining the loading and unloading procedures for machine transporting

Rough Terrain Masted Forklift CPCS A14

Course Information


Training Duration

Years of Experience Duration (Days)
Novice (Less than 1 year or no operational experience): 3
Intermediate (1-2 years operational experience): 2
Experienced (2+ years operational experience): 1
Test only: 1

Note: The number of days training does not include the CPCS test

Pre-requisites

  1. You must have the passed the relevant CITB Health and Safety Test within 2 years of the CPCS test.

Primary Objectives -

To provide thorough theory and practical training in the operation of Rough Terrain Masted Forklifts. Course will include:
  • Naming and explaining the purpose of principal components, the basic construction, controls and terminology
  • Conforming to manufacturer’s requirements as per the operator’s handbook,
  • Other types of information source and relevant regulations and legislation
  • Pre-use checks
  • Configuring machine ready travel
  • Traveling over rough, undulating ground, steep inclines and level surfaces
  • Maneuvering in confined spaces
  • Configure and set for lifting and transferring duties
  • Explain actions required for hazards, underground and overhead services
  • Lift and remove various loads up to the full working height of the forklift
  • Transfer and place loads accurately at given locations
  • Place and remove loads from a vehicle
  • Maintain safe working situations
  • Maintain safe and tidy working areas
  • Carrying out shut down and securing procedures
  • Explaining the loading and unloading procedures for machine transporting





Wheeled Loading Shovel CPCS A21

Course Information


Training Duration

Years of Experience Duration (Days)
Novice (Less than 1 year or no operational experience): 5
Intermediate (1-2 years operational experience): 2 - 3
Experienced (2+ years operational experience): 1
Test only: 1

Note: The number of days training does not include the CPCS test

Pre-requisites

  1. You must have the passed the relevant CITB Health and Safety Test within 2 years of the CPCS test.

Primary Objectives -

To provide thorough theory and practical training in the operation of Wheeled Loading Shovel. Course will include:

  • Naming and explaining the purpose of principal components, the basic construction, controls and terminology
  • Conforming to manufacturer’s requirements as per the operator’s handbook, Other types of information source and relevant regulations and legislation
  • Pre-use checks
  • Configuring machine ready for site and highway travel
  • Traveling over rough, undulating ground, steep inclines and level surfaces
  • Maneuvering in confined spaces
  • Configuring and set-up for extraction and loading duties
  • Explaining actions required for hazards, underground and overhead services
  • Extract differing types of materials from stockpiles and other sources
  • Form stockpiles of segregated materials and construct (temporary) ramps
  • Sort and place materials into transporting vehicles and hoppers
  • Spread and level ground and materials
  • Carry out shut down and securing procedures
  • Explain the loading and unloading procedures for machine transporting

Tracked Loading Shovel CPCS A22

Course Information


Training Duration

Years of Experience Duration (Days)
Novice (Less than 1 year or no operational experience): 5
Intermediate (1-2 years operational experience): 2 - 3
Experienced (2+ years operational experience): 1
Test only: 1

Note: The number of days training does not include the CPCS test

Pre-requisites

  1. You must have the passed the relevant CITB Health and Safety Test within 2 years of the CPCS test.

Primary Objectives -

To provide thorough theory and practical training in the operation of Wheeled Loading Shovel. Course will include:

  • Name and explain the purpose of principle components, the basic construction, controls and terminology
  • Conform with manufacturers requirements as per the operators handbook, other types of information source and relevant plant regulations and legislation
  • Undertake all pre-use checks
  • Configure and set for site travel
  • Travel over rough, undulating ground, substantial inclines and level surfaces; laden and unladen
  • Maneuverer relevant plant in confined spaces
  • Configure and set for extraction and loading duties
  • Explain actions required for hazards, underground and overhead services
  • Excavate differing types of excavations in various types of ground
  • Form stockpiles of segregated materials and construct ramps
  • Sort and place materials into transporting vehicles and hoppers
  • Spread and level ground and materials
  • Carry out shut down and securing procedures
  • Explain the loading and unloading procedures for machine transporting

MEWP - Boom CPCS A26

Course Information


Training Duration

Years of Experience Duration (Days)
Novice (Less than 1 year or no operational experience): 2
Intermediate (1-2 years operational experience): 1
Experienced (2+ years operational experience): 1/2
Test only: 1

Note: The number of days training does not include the CPCS test

Pre-requisites

  1. You must have the passed the relevant CITB Health and Safety Test within 2 years of the CPCS test.

Primary Objectives -

To provide thorough theory and practical training in the operation of MEWP - Boom. Course will include:

  • Name and explain the purpose of principle components, the basic construction, controls and terminology
  • Conform with manufacturers requirements as per the operators handbook, other types of information source and relevant regulations and legislation
  • Undertake all pre-use checks
  • Check emergency lowering functions
  • Configure and set for site travel
  • Travel over level surfaces (all types) and uneven terrain (self-propelled)
  • Explain travel procedures and precautions on inclines
  • Manoeuvre in confined spaces
  • Configure and set for accessing duties
  • Position the platform to access a work position
  • Explain actions required for hazards, underground and overhead services
  • Access working points up to full operating height and reach
  • Travel with a raised platform (relevant endorsement)
  • Carry out plant shut down and securing procedures

Slinger/Signaller CPCS A40

Course Information


Training Duration

Years of Experience Duration (Days)
Novice (Less than 1 year or no operational experience): 3
Intermediate (1-2 years operational experience): 1/2
Experienced (2+ years operational experience): 1
Test only: 1

Note: The number of days training does not include the CPCS test

Pre-requisites

  1. You must have the passed the relevant CITB Health and Safety Test within 2 years of the CPCS test.

Primary Objectives -

This course is designed to provide candidates with thorough practical and theory training in being a Slinger/Signaller, and will give delegates with the knowledge of how to safely guide crane operators and carry out basic slinger procedures. Course will include:

  • Name and explain the purpose of differing types of lifting equipment and accessories, basic construction, uses and applications, characteristics and terminology
  • Conform with manufacturers requirements as per technical data, other types of information source and relevant regulations and legislation
  • Interpret and extract information on all relevant documentation
  • Undertake all pre-use checks
  • Identify specialist lifting accessories relevant to the endorsement
  • Explain when additional skills and knowledge for lifting operations may be required
  • Confirm methods of communication with the machine operator
  • Identify centres of gravity and estimate weights of loads.
  • Prepare and ready the area of operation.
  • Choose the relevant lifting accessory for a given load.
  • Explain action required for hazards, underground and overhead services.
  • Secure various types of load to a lifting hook using the relevant lifting accessory and procedures.
  • Ensure load balance, security and integrity.
  • Accurately place loads.
  • Arrange, use and comply with communication procedures.
  • Maintain safe working conditions.
  • Carry out shut down and securing procedures

Dump Truck – Rigid Chassis CPCS A57

Course Information


Training Duration

Years of Experience Duration (Days)
Novice (Less than 1 year or no operational experience): 5
Intermediate (1-2 years operational experience): 2 - 3
Experienced (2+ years operational experience): 1
Test only: 1

Note: The number of days training does not include the CPCS test

Pre-requisites

  1. You must have the passed the relevant CITB Health and Safety Test within 2 years of the CPCS test.

Primary Objectives -

This course provides instruction in correct operation of the Dump Truck Rigid chassis. Course will include:

  • Name and explain the purpose of the principal components, the basic construction, controls and terminology.
  • Conform with manufacturer’s requirements, as per the operator’s handbook, including additional information and relevant regulations and legislation.
  • Undertake all pre–use checks.
  • Configure and have ready for travel (site and highway).
  • Travel over rough, undulating ground, steep inclines and level surfaces – both loaded and unloaded.
  • Manoeuvre in confined spaces whilst carrying loads.
  • Ensure the suitability of the tipping and loading area.
  • Explain action required for hazards, underground and overhead services.
  • Position the vehicle to receive loads.
  • Comply with loading procedures.
  • Ensure load integrity and security.
  • Transfer loads to different locations.
  • Discharge loads into trenches and over edges.
  • Maintain a safe and tidy working area.
  • Carry out shut down and securing procedures.
  • Explain the loading and unloading procedures for machine transporting.

Mobile Crane CPCS A60

Course Information


Training Duration

Years of Experience Duration (Days)
Novice (Less than 1 year or no operational experience): 9
Intermediate (1-2 years operational experience): 5
Experienced (2+ years operational experience): 1
Test only: 1

Note: The number of days training does not include the CPCS test

Pre-requisites

  1. You must have the passed the relevant CITB Health and Safety Test within 2 years of the CPCS test.

Primary Objectives -

The aim of this course is to provide candidates with underpinning knowledge in order for them to understand the role and responsibility of the Mobile Crane Operator. Course will include:
  • Name and explain the purpose of the principal components, the basic construction, controls and terminology.
  • Conform with manufacturer’s requirements, as per the operator’s handbook, including additional information and relevant regulations and legislation.
  • Undertake all pre–use checks.
  • Configure and have ready for travel (site and highway).
  • Travel the crane to an area of work
  • Manoeuvre in confined spaces
  • Configure the crane for lifting duties
  • Deploy outriggers to specification (where applicable)
  • Explain actions required for hazards, underground and overhead services
  • Programme/set-up Rated Capacity Indicators for lifting duties
  • Lift various loads using the full radius and slewing capabilities of a crane
  • Accurately place loads
  • Minimise the swinging of loads
  • Move loads through machine travel (where applicable)
  • Maintain safe working situations
  • Comply with signals and instructions
  • Explain rigging and de-rigging procedures when fitting fly jobs or boom extensions
  • Dismantle the crane in preparation of movement
  • Carry out shut down and securing procedures

Crane/Lifting Operations Supervisor CPCS A62

Course Information


Training Duration

Years of Experience Duration (Days)
Novice (Less than 1 year or no operational experience): 3
Intermediate (1-2 years operational experience): 1 - 2
Experienced (2+ years operational experience): 1
Test only: 1

Note: The number of days training does not include the CPCS test

Pre-requisites

  1. You must have the passed the relevant CITB Health and Safety Test within 2 years of the CPCS test.

Primary Objectives -

This course is for supervisors and slinger/signallers who will be supervising crane lifting operations on site. Course will include:
  • Maintenance, inspections and thorough examination for lifting equipment and accessories
  • Additional requirements for loads to be lifted from height
  • Explain the function and use off, and use information provided by, RCIs and anti-collision systems
  • Describe setting up, erection, levelling and dismantling requirements for different types of lifting equipment and lifts
  • Maintenance, inspections and thorough examination for lifting equipment and accessories
  • Different types of lifting accessories and how they are used
  • Verify sling sizes and angles
  • Slinging techniques for given loads
  • Explain slinging techniques for given loads including balanced, unbalanced and loose
  • Verify appropriate lifting accessories for given types of loads in accordance with a given method statement
  • Confirm weights and centres of gravity for different types of loads
  • Communication methods for a range of lifting purposes
  • Communicate the lift plan information to others involved in the lifting operation
  • Report and explain positive and negative aspects of a typical lift following the operation to the Appointed Person.

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