Course Details

CPCS stands for the Construction Plant Competence Scheme- a card scheme designed to prove the skills of plant operatives. It is run by the Construction Industry Training Board, also known as CITB. CPCS was launched in 2003 at the request of employers, to help them comply with regulations and requirements, and aims to apply common standards for all plant operators.

The CPCS scheme is made up of 3 key stages. Firstly, there's the training course and your 2-year Red CPCS Card. Secondly, there is the NVQ and finally, there is your 5-year Blue CPCS Card. Fast Line Training Services can help at every stage to ensure a simple journey through the CPCS scheme for you. As described, there are two main types of CPCS card, the Red and the Blue. The Red Card is given to new entrants after successfully completing the CPCS technical testing and it lasts for 2 years. The Blue Card is obtained by completing an NVQ in the relevant field of expertise. These Blue CPCS Cards last for 5 years. If you're interested in an NVQ, then please visit our Plant NVQs page.

Anyone that wants to progress down the CPCS route must have completed the passed the CSCS test (also known as the Health, Safety and Environment test) within the last two years as it is a mandatory pre-requisite for all CPCS courses.

You then need to decide whether you're an experienced operator or novice. Clearly, if you're new to CPCS and operating plant, then you'll need to take the 3-day course. In terms of deeming yourself experienced, there is no hard or fast rule, but we would recommend at least three years' operating experience.

It's also worth considering that the practical test is based around "text-book" procedures, it would be like taking your driving test now – would you still pass?

Duration: 4 Days or 2 Days for Experienced Operators

What You Learn on your CPCS A17 Telehandler Course:

At the end of your CPCS A17 Telehandler Course you will be able to:

  • Describe the nature of the sector of industry and their role and responsibilities as a plant operator.
  • Travel over level surfaces with and without loads, on rough, undulating ground and inclines.
  • Manoeuvre in confined spaces. Follow given signals. Configure and set for lifting, loading and transferring duties
  • Attach and remove attachments, including forks. Explain actions required for proximity hazards.
  • Lift and remove various loads up to full extension and working height. Transfer and place loads accurately.
  • Place and remove loads from a vehicle. Maintain safe working situations.
  • High lift and retrieve the load. Lorry loading and unloading. Stack 3 loads vertically and de-stack.
  • Prepare and set the telehandler for each lift. Remove the forks and fit an attachment.
  • Lift load and place at ground level at an indicated point using full reach (horizontal) of the telehandler.
  • Lift load and reverse in a straight line for at least 20m, passing through a restriction at the end of the run.
  • Carry out undercutting when lifting and placing a load. Configure the telehandler for road travel.
  • Park the telehandler and carry out shut-down and securing procedures.

The CPCS A17 Telehandler course consists of two key parts, practical and theory. You’ll spend at a day learning the related theory, two days practicing the practical elements followed by a final day of assessment (for both theory and practical).

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How to Pass your CPCS A17 Telehandler Course:

The CPCS A17 Telehandler course consists of two key elements – theory and practical. The training course is split, focusing on each specifically. The theory modules are classroom-based and involve group activities, interaction, and assessment. The practical involves instruction and application by the delegates. Our tutors are very experienced and can adapt their style, pace or terminology to help better aid your understanding. Feel free to talk to them if you have any concerns.

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Those working on construction sites need to be competent when operating plant and machinery and be aware of the health and safety of others around them. The CPCS Certification Card scheme proves the skills of plant operators and is the most widely recognised scheme for plant safety. CPCS cards are issued on successful completion of competence programs that include both theory and practical tests. This helps to demonstrate the operating skills and health and safety awareness of workers. On many sites, a CPCS card is a mandatory requirement to operate plant on-site; for example, on UKCG sites.

Completing CPCS courses can significantly increase your earning ability as demand for competent and hardworking operators is high.

Why Fast Line Training?

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