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CPCS Red Trained Operator Card

CPCS Red Trained Operator Card

The CPCS Red Trained Operator Card is issued on successful completion of the CPCS Theory and Practical Technical Tests which must be taken with a CPCS accredited test centre. You must have achieved the relevant CITB Health, Safety and Environment Test within the 2 years before taking the CPCS technical tests.

Once you have passed the CPCS Technical Tests you will be issued with the CPCS Trained Operator Card. This card has a two-year validity and is non-renewable. You are required to prove your competence in the category by undertaking the relevant NVQ within the 2 years in order to upgrade to the Blue Competent Operator Card.

What does this card represent?

The Trained Operator has demonstrated a level of:

  • Health and safety awareness through the CITB Health, Safety and Environment Test
  • Underpinning knowledge and understanding through the CPCS Theory Test, and
  • Operating ability through the CPCS Practical Test

How to Extend a Red Trained Operator Card

You can follow one of two routes, depending on when your card expired:

1)     For a 12 month NVQ/SVQ extension, you must:

  • Hold a CPCS Red Trained Operator Card which is in date, or within 12 months from the expiry
  • Be registered for an NVQ or SVQ relevant to the category

Once these elements have been achieved, call the CPCS Helpline on 0844 815 7274, confirm your details and make a payment, you will be asked to provide proof of NVQ/SVQ registration by email or post. This is a non-refundable fee for the services of processing the application.

A new card will be issued for 12 months (from date of application receipt) to enable the NVQ/SVQ to be achieved.  Once the NVQ/SVQ has been achieved, you will be able to apply to Upgrade to a Blue Competent Operator card

2)     For an Additional 2 Year card, you must:

  • Hold an expired trained operator card by more than 12 months
  • Hold a valid CITB Health, safety and environment test
  • Achieve the CPCS theory test (within two years of the CITB Health, safety and environment test)
  • Achieve the CPCS practical test (within six months of the CPCS theory test and within two years of the CITB Health, safety and environment test)
  • be registered for the NVQ or SVQ.

Once all these elements have been achieved, the CPCS test centre will request the CPCS Additional 2 year Red Trained Operator card on your behalf.