Frequently Asked Questions

NVQs and Learning

A National Vocational Qualification (NVQ) is a work-related, competency-based qualification. These are usually completed in the workplace and are designed for you to gain the specific skills and knowledge needed to do the job.

Most contractors and major building sites require the construction workers to hold a valid CSCS card.

There is no set time for completing an NVQ as long as the candidate can meet the assessment criteria and can provide evidence of knowledge and experience.

Our assessors will work with the candidate to achieve the qualification in a realistic timeframe.

yes, please contact one of our team as soon as possible and we will update your assessor.

No, you can't fail an NVQ , the learner will either be able to successfully carry out the tasks required or not yet able to do so. You will receive your NVQ qualification when it has been proven that you have the skills and ability to perform your job responsibilities to the designated level required.

Once you have completed your NVQ in order to apply for your CPCS Blue Competent Operator Card you will need to email a copy over to:

Before calling to apply you will need to have a CSCS H&S test in date within the last 2 years.

If you do, you then need to call CPCS (0300 999 11 77)  and request the Blue Card Application.

Once you have completed your NVQ in order to apply for your CSCS card you will need to email over a copy to: 

Then call the CSCS (0344 994 4777) and apply for CSCS Card. You will also need to have a CSCS H&S touchscreen in date within the last 2 years in order to apply.

You can also apply online if preferred, please find link below:

In order to apply for your NPORS Blue Competent Operator Card you need to send a copy of the NVQ certificate to:

Then call 01606 351 240 and request the Blue Card Application.

You will need to have an in date CSCS H&S in date within the last 2 years prior to applying.

Certificates typically take 1-2 weeks to be issued once the relevant qualification has been claimed.

Course joining instructions are sent out 7 to 10 days prior to course commencement.  If you book within this time frame, they are emailed within 24 hours of the booking being paced.

If PPE is required for your training it will be listed within the joining instructions.  If you are missing an item or have any queries, please contact us at your earliest convenience.

The NPORS National Plant Operators Registration Scheme is now one of the UK’s leading carding schemes working across the Construction, Industrial, Utilities, Warehousing and Distribution, Agricultural, Ports and Marine sectors.

NPORS CSCS Plant Operator Card

As a partner card scheme of CSCS, the NPORS CSCS Construction Operators Card, will now be issued in line with the requirements stipulated by the Construction Leadership Council (CLC) and will display the CSCS logo.

The NPORS CSCS Cards that are available are the Trained Operator Card (Red), and the Competent Operator Card (blue). The Blue Competent Operator card is only available to those operators who have achieved the relevant NVQ qualification.

For new entrants to the scheme that have no formal qualifications, a Red Trained Operator Card will be issued which remains valid for two years, during which time the plant operator must achieve the relevant NVQ qualification for the categories held on their Trained Operator Card.

Please note that in all cases, operators will have to supply proof that they have passed the CITB Health, Safety & Environmental touch screen test within two years prior to their application for the card.

Traditional NPORS Card

If the CSCS logo is not required on your NPORS card, the option to apply for the Traditional NPORS card is still available.

Once the training and assessment have successfully been completed the operator will receive a 3-year traditional NPORS card, which is renewable.

If you require further information on this, please see the link below:

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