Some of our most frequently asked questions
Here's a few of our most frequently asked questions regarding our training courses. If there's something you need to ask don't hesitate to contact us.
To gain a CPCS red card you must first complete a health and safety touch screen test and the pass a relevant theory and practical tests for a specific category.
The CPCS red card lasts for a period of two years in which time you must complete an NVQ level 2 to convert your card to a blue competence card. Your red card could be extended for up to a third year if you are registered for the NVQ.
The CPCS blue card lasts for five years during which time you must record three hundred hours for each category you hold on the card and you must sit the renewal touch screen test for each category. Also, you must have an in-date health and safety touch screen test valid within the last two years.
No, the theory test is recorded. The tester will read out all the question’s and answer’s will be given verbally this is all recorded on a dictaphone.
If the theory test is not achieved, then you cannot attempt the practical test.
If the theory test is achieved but the practical is not, then the theory test is valid for six months. You can attempt the practical test again within those six months.
You can apply for an onsite assessment. This is notified through CPCS in the same way that a practical test would be done.
Certain categories can be completed on site such as piling rigs and concrete pumps, but a lot are restricted to be completed at training centres. Contact us for specific details.
You will have an induction for the relevant NVQ. Your assessor will explain what evidence will be required. The introduction will include questions on the specific category you are doing as well as basic health and safety. You will have to provide evidence of your work which could include a witness testimony from your employer, photos and a professional discussion.
This depends on the individual and how long it takes to gather the evidence and fill out his portfolio.