Dec 19, 2023
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The CPCS Red Card is for beginners in plant operation and is the first card to begin a career in plant operation.
The Red CPCS Trained Operator Card is issued by the Construction Plant Competence Scheme, and it’s also known as the Trained Operator Card.
This card is very helpful for beginners who need time to complete the relevant NVQ or other qualifications and wish to start working in their chosen field under supervision. Before progressing to a Blue CPCS Competent Operator Card, you must get a CPCS Red Card.
CPCS Red Card expires after 2 years and is non-renewable. The rationale for this non-renewable nature is to provide ample time to complete the relevant NVQ in your chosen category. Once you complete the NVQ qualification, you must apply for the CPCS Blue Competent Operator Card.
Your Red CPCS Card cannot be renewed. However, if you find any delays in completing your NVQ qualification, you can apply for a 12-month extension.
The CPCS Red Card extension costs £25.
For a 12-Month Extension
To renew your CPCS Red Card or to get an extension, you must:
For an Additional 2 Year Card
To renew your CPCS Red Card for an additional 2 years, you must:
The CPCS Red Card price depends on various factors, such as:
To get the CPCS Red Card, you must complete relevant training to prepare for the tests. The fee for the training depends on the training provider you choose.
The fee for the CPCS Theory Test and CPCS Practical Test will depend on two factors, i.e. the category you want to apply for and the test centre you choose.
As of December 2nd, 2019, the CPCS Red Card will be issued as a smart card, and the cost for the smart card is £28.
The CITB HS&E Test fee is £22.50
You can get a CPCS Red Card by following a simple 4-step process.
Step 1: Get the CPCS Red Card Training
To get a Red CPCS Card, you must pass the CPCS technical tests, and for that, you must complete the relevant training.
Step 3: Pass the CPCS Theory Test
You must pass the CPCS theory test within two years of the CITB HS&E Test.
Step 4: Pass the CPCS Practical Test
You must pass the CPCS practical test within six months of the CPCS theory test and within two years of the CITB health, safety and environment test.
You must take both CPCS theory and practical tests at an accredited CPCS test centre, which you can find here. Once you pass the CPCS practical test, the centre will
Once you pass the CPCS practical test, the CPCS test centre will initiate the request for the Red CPCS Trained Operator Card on your behalf.
A Red CPCS Card is for the Trained Operator, whereas a Blue CPCS Card is for the Competent Operator. CPCS Red Card is the first CPCS card you can get to start working in plant operations, and it gives you 2 years to complete your NVQ/SVQ qualification. Once you complete your qualification, you can apply for the Blue CPCS Card.
CPCS Red Card is a temporary, non-renewable, valid for 2 years. On the other hand, the CPCS Blue Card is valid for 5 years and is renewable.
Once you receive the CPCS Red Card, you get ample time to complete your NVQ or SVQ. After that, you should apply for the Blue CPCS Competent Operator Card, which is valid for 5 years.
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