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 was launched in 2003 and since then over 300,000 cards have been issued across 60 categories of plant and related occupations. The CPCS Management Committee continually review and amend the Scheme in the light of on-going Industry feedback, and external factors such latest occupational health issues, technology advances and new plant types are where the Scheme has undertaken such amendments.
CPCS maintains focus on ensuring that the Scheme is centred on the principles of independent, rigorous assessment of operating ability and for assurance of for competence assurance, raising of standards expected in the plant sector. Please visit the CPCS Online Card Checker to check CPCS cards.
Do I Need A CPCS Card?
If you are working in construction in the UK then most probably yes. Build UK insists that operatives working on their sites must hold a CPCS card. Many other employers are also demanding the same requiring their employees to hold relevant cards to prove their skills.
However, you may find that not all employers will insist on CPCS certification especially those in non-construction industries. If this is the case, then in many instances our own certification will suffice to prove your skills.