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Plant Operations


The aim of this National Vocational Qualification (NVQ) assessment is to examine Plant Operators in order to award an NVQ in the safe use and operation of specialised plant and machinery. It is a CITB qualification and accredited by the Cskills awards.

The plant operations NVQ is a nationally recognised qualification the is offered by CITB and enables you to gain the CPCS blue card.

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How to Gain the Plant Operations NVQ

When you qualify for the NVQ your Construction Plant Competence Scheme (CPCS) Red Trained Operator Card can be changed to the Blue Competent Operator Card.


Assessment is through a theory and practical assessment and discussions at a proffessional standard. The options available for this course are as follows:

  • Profile/Skill Match

  • CITB Health, safety and environment (HS&E) test

  • Sufficient experience

  • Witness testimonies completed by employer or supervisor

  • Record of employment

  • Record of qualifications, education and formal training

  • Practical assessment, timed and working to industry tolerances/specification required for an operator in the category sector*

  • Professional discussion (taped conversation with an assessor).

On Site Assessment Service
  • Profile/Skill Match

  • Minimum of six months’ experience on category of plant

  • Operating category of plant on site to be assessed

  • Health and safety knowledge

  • Witness testimonies completed by employer or supervisor

  • On site practical assessment (minimum of two observations in workplace)*.

*Non-achievement of practical assessment will result in assessor’s recommendations, such as re-take, training etc.


Pre-Course Requisites:

Before taking the course you must:

  • You must have passed a CITB Health, safety and environment (HS&E) test no more than two years before attending this course.

  • You must have a good understanding of spoken and written English.

Please contact us if you have any concerns in this area.

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