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About Accreditation

Do I need a Certificate?

Employers have legal duties under HASWA 1974, PUWER 1998 and CDM 2007 (to name a few) to provide employees with adequate training (free of charge). One way of proving adequate training has been provided by an employer is for a delegate to undertake an approved course, delivered by an approved training provider. These courses usually finish with the delegate completing a pre-determined skills test (or tests) designed by an Awarding Body which allows certification by that particular Awarding Body. It is this certification which is recognised, not in-itself but (usually) as proof of adequate training having taken place. If no training has been provided prior to the testing, then the employer may fall foul of HSE in the event of an investigation as they have not provided the requisite adequate training.

There is no mandatory training / certification scheme for any type of mobile plant operations in the UK. There are various schemes which are “acceptable” to HSE. This means that no one-card scheme has approval in their (HSE) eyes. There are some card schemes that are more recognised within the UK however, there is no mandatory scheme.

Various Awarding Bodies set specific training timescales for novices and differing levels of experienced operators. Delegates will normally require novice training prior to testing if they have had no previous experience operating the particular piece of equipment or of performing the tasks with which they are to be involved. If delegates have had some experience then they, more than likely, require less training than a novice would prior to testing and that is recognised by Awarding Bodies who reduce the duration of training recommendations. If the delegate has been trained and certificated before then they may only require refresher training and testing. Some Awarding Bodies specify the duration between refresher periods.


Which Training / Testing Scheme is the correct one for you?

Information on the Awarding Bodies which we are approved by is given below. There are others however, these are the Awarding Bodies we feel offer the certification required by our clients.

This information will, hopefully, guide you to the correct scheme for your needs however if you are unsure of the duration required or which training and testing scheme would suit your company or individual requirements, please feel free to call our support staff for free, no obligation advice on 01506 829 883 or complete this form; either with details of your enquiry or to request a call-back to discuss.


Construction Plant Competence Scheme (CPCS)

CPCS is the largest and most highly recognised card scheme for the plant industry.

It helps to prove workers’ operating skills and health and safety awareness. The Construction Plant Competence Scheme (CPCS) provides a single skills card for the plant sector of the construction industry. CPCS no longer offer approved training courses however they have training ratios, course content and timescale recommendations and approve CPCS trainers and testers.

To gain an initial CPCS Card: known as a Trained Operator Card or a Red Card:

Mobile plant operators are required to have passed a CSCS Health, Safety and Environment test within the preceding two years and to then pass a CPCS Technical Theory Test then a CPCS Technical Practical Test on a specific category of plant. Once the candidate has passed the appropriate test/s, Central Training Services Limited applies to CPCS for a CPCS Trained Operator card to be issued to the candidate.

Those who successfully complete the CPCS technical tests are awarded a CPCS Trained Operator Card – Valid for 2 years.

The CPCS Trained Operator Card is not renewable.

CPCS require that a Vocational Qualification (VQ) * in Plant Operations (level 2) or Controlling Lifting Operations (level 2 or level 3) is achieved within 2 years of gaining a CPCS Trained Operator Card to be awarded a CPCS Competency Card.

To gain a CPCS Competency Card: known as a Competent Operator Card or a Blue Card:

The next step of progression in the Construction Plant Competence Scheme (CPCS) from a Trained Operator Card to a Competent Operator Card is to achieve a VQ * for the category on your card. Before your two year CPCS Trained Operator Card runs out you must be registered to sit the relevant VQ for categories of plant you have on your card.

If you do not register for this VQ before your CPCS Red Trained Operator’s Card runs out you might incur additional costs by having to complete CPCS Theory and Practical tests in addition to completing the VQ Assessment.

A candidate must build a portfolio of evidence, be assessed on site under “real” working conditions and complete a VQ level 2 in Plant Operations for most mobile plant categories and/or a VQ level 2 or level 3 for Lifting Operations categories.

Upon successful completion of their VQ, providing the candidate has already passed the CPCS Technical Tests required for that category, Central Training Services Limited applies to CPCS for a CPCS Competent Operator card to be issued to the candidate.

The CPCS Competent Operator Card is valid for 5 years and is renewable.

* see:  What is a VQ page


RTITB / NORS

RTITB : Was The Road Transport Industry Training Board prior to becoming a private company. RTITB is recognised by HSE as an Awarding Body for a number of courses.

NORS : The National Operator Registration Scheme is the centralised validation; registration and certification scheme for all RTITB accredited training.

RTITB have set criteria for duration of courses (depending upon experience of delegates), course content, set test criteria and ratio of delegates / machines / instructor.

Training usually ranges from one – five days and is a mixture of theory and practical.

NORS Card

Those who successfully complete RTITB / NORS training are awarded a NORS Card. Registration on NORS lasts for 3 years from the date of test. 6 months prior to expiry all operators are sent notification that their registration period is due to expire therefore encouraging re-training / testing and in turn improving safety and efficiency in workplace transport.


IPAF – International Powered Access Federation

The International Powered Access Federation (IPAF) promotes the safe and effective use of powered access worldwide. Set up in 1983, IPAF is a not-for-profit members’ organisation that represents the interests of manufacturers, distributors, users, rental and training companies. It serves as a forum for all persons active in the world of powered access. IPAF has played a key role in promoting many of the design, safety and testing procedures that are now established in the powered access industry.

The IPAF training programme for platform operators was developed by leading industry professionals. It is certified as conforming to the international standard :

ISO 18878:2004 Mobile elevating work platforms – Operator (driver) training.

IPAF have set criteria for duration of courses (depending upon experience of delegates), course content, set test criteria and ratio of delegates / machines / instructor.

Training usually ranges from one – two days and is a mixture of theory and practical.

PAL Card

Those who successfully complete IPAF training are awarded the PAL Card (Powered Access Licence), the most widely held and recognised proof of training for platform operators. The PAL Card is valid for five years and shows the machine categories that the operator has been trained in. It also features the holder’s photo and signature, and can be verified by calling IPAF.


PASMA – Prefabricated Access Suppliers’ & Manufacturers’ Association Ltd

Founded in 1974, the Prefabricated Access Suppliers’ and Manufacturers’ Association (PASMA), is the recognised focus and authority for mobile access towers. As such it advances safety, standards and best practice across a wide range of sectors and represents the interests of manufacturers, suppliers, specifiers and users.

Whatever the need, the association has tower information, facts and expertise to impart at a level to suit everyone – from first time users to major contractors. Independent and self-financing, it is helping to shape and support the future of the industry through the knowledgeable and enthusiastic involvement of its members.

PASMA works in collaboration with other trade and professional bodies, industry regulators and key decision makers.

PASMA have set criteria for duration of courses, course content, set test criteria and ratio of delegates / towers / instructor.

Training is usually for one day and is a mixture of theory and practical

PASMA Card

Those who successfully complete PASMA training are awarded the PASMA Card, the most widely held and recognised proof of training for mobile access users. The PASMA Card is valid for five years and shows the categories that the user has been trained in. It also features the holder’s photo and can be verified by calling PASMA.


ECITB / CCNSG

The ECITB / Client/Contractor National Safety Group

The Engineering Construction Industry Training Board (ECITB) is the statutory organisation, national training provider and awarding body with responsibility for the training and development of the UK’s engineering construction workforce. Acting on behalf of the industry, the ECITB works closely with Government and employers to attract, develop and qualify engineering construction personnel in hundreds of skills and disciplines. They provide businesses with the means to train the engineers of today and tomorrow to the highest standards, via their extensive, regionally-based network of almost 200 specialist ECITB- accredited course providers.

CCNSG Safety Passport Training

The CCNSG Safety Passport Training Programme is monitored and controlled by a national steering group known as the Client/Contractor National Safety Group (CCNSG) who are there to ensure that standards are being maintained and that the content of the training programme continues to meet current safety legislation and current safety practices.

CCNSG have set criteria for duration of courses, course content, set test criteria and ratio of delegates / tutor.

Training usually ranges from one – two days and is classroom based.

CCNSG Card

Those who successfully complete CCNSG training are awarded the CCNSG Card. The CCNSG Card is valid for three years, features the holder’s photo, signature and can be verified by calling CCNSG.


SQA – Scottish Qualifications Authority

SQA can accredit all types of qualifications, other than degrees, that are offered across Scotland. SQA accredit all Scottish Vocational Qualifications (SVQs), qualifications that are required by a regulatory body, qualifications based on National Occupational Standards (NOS), and qualifications which are delivered online. SQA approve associated qualification products such as qualification structures, assessment strategies, core skills signposting and SCQF (Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework) credit rating.

Central Training Services Limited are approved by SQA to deliver a number of VQs. *

Some courses delivered by Central Training Services Limited are certificated by SQA. These courses may have set criteria for duration, (depending upon experience of delegates), course content, set test criteria and ratio of delegates / machines / instructors or they may be assessment only, to pre-determined standards.

Training usually ranges from one – five days and is a mixture of theory and practical.

Certificates are issued by SQA. VQ certificates are valid for life and can be verified by contacting SQA. A charge may apply for duplicate certificates.

* see What is a VQ page


SWQR – Street Works Qualifications Authority

Who they are

The Street Works Qualifications Register (SWQR) is maintained in Glasgow, at the invitation of the Department for Transport. The SWQR holds details of qualified supervisors and operatives who have gained the appropriate qualification in relation to the New Roads and Street Works Act 1991 (NRSWA).

What they do

Awarding Bodies, appointed by the Government, work closely with the SWQR in order that each qualified supervisor or operative can be issued with a durable ID card (which can be produced on site if necessary) to show that he / she is in possession of the appropriate qualification. Additionally, the SWQR can provide road authorities, contracting companies and other prospective employers with information as to whether a supervisor or operative is in possession of a prescribed qualification as provided for in Sections 67 and 126 of the New Road and Street Works Act.

SWQR do not themselves approve courses. Delegates must have attained relevant certification from an approved Awarding Body to apply to be added to SWQR.

SWQR Card

Those who successfully complete NRWSA training / assessments are awarded the SWQR Card. The SWQR Card is valid for five years and shows the units that the user has been trained in. It also features the holder’s photo and can be verified by calling SWQR.


C&G City & Guilds

C&G create relevant qualifications that help learners gain the skills employers value.

Their qualifications and flexible learning options give learners the skills they need to advance their careers.

Relevant vocational qualifications

They design vocational qualifications to be delivered by colleges, training providers and employers which are especially valued by employers because they’re developed in conjunction with key industry bodies and offer pathways to career progression, with qualifications ranging from entry level to the equivalent of a postgraduate degree.

Flexible learning and assessment

Their qualifications are designed for learners – they’re flexible and easy to balance with a working life and they support learners with:

*  online access to course materials

*  learner publications and membership of professional bodies

*  online assessment – so they can take exams at any time.

Central Training Services Limited are approved by C&G to deliver a number of VQs. *

Certificates are issued by C&G. VQ certificates are valid for life and can be verified by contacting C&G. A charge may apply for duplicate certificates.

* see What is a VQ page


ECITB / CCNSG

CCNSG Safety Passport Training

Training usually ranges from one – two days and is classroom based. Please change to the following two lines:

An initial CCNSG Card consists of two days training and is classroom based.

A CCNSG Supervisor Card is an additional day and is classroom based.


CTSL – Central Training Services Limited

Where there is no Awarding Body certification available on a particular type of course (or the client does not wish this level) we offer our own certification for courses that have, where possible, content based on the Awarding Body courses, delivered by the same instructors to the same standard. Most courses we offer can be delivered in-house and certificated as such. Should a client wish a be-spoke course designed, then we can design a course tailored to their particular need and issue detailed certification. This is covered in the scope of our approval under our BS EN ISO 9001: 2008 accreditation.

Training usually ranges from one – ten days depending on machine and experience of delegates and is a mixture of theory and practical.

CTSL agree with the client a set criteria for duration of courses (depending upon experience of delegates), course content, set test criteria and ratio of delegates / machines / instructor. Certification usually lasts for 3 years and can be verified by contacting us on 01506 829 883.

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