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CPCS Plant Courses


Owen Pugh is an accredited CPCS Test Centre with two sites where we are able to offer all clients the CPCS test regime including the following:

CPCS Theory Test
The theory test is designed to test your underpinning knowledge and understanding directly related to a CPCS category of plant. There is no need to be concerned about any written test as the CPCS Theory Test must be answered verbally in a one-to-one session with a CPCS Tester. This is recorded for audit purposes to enable the CPCS Area Monitor to continually ensure CPCS Instructors maintain the high standards of testing. There is a separate theory test for every category of plant you require to have on your card.

CPCS Practical Test
The aim of this test is to ensure the operator is practically competent and safe through undertaking a series of practical activities. This ensures that that operator has the necessary experience, core skills and the technical knowledge to operate the specific category of plant. Again for every category of plant required there is a practical test.

(Red) Trained Operators Card

red card

Issued after initial training and testing; it has a two year life span and it is not renewable.

(Blue) Competent Operators Card 

blue card

Operators must complete an N/SVQ level 2 in Construction Plant Operations.

It ensures that you are developing and improving on your operating skills to a sufficient level of competence and it has a five year life span.

(Blue) Competent Operators Card Renewal Test (October 2013)


In order to retain their operators’ card, cardholders will need to pass various modules (Depending on machine groupings). Each module consists of 15 multiple-choice questions. Factsheets are available free-of-charge and can be viewed and downloaded from the CPCS website.

One renewal test can include up to five machine categories (Depending on groupings).
If the cardholder is renewing more than five categories, they may need to book an additional test.

The following link will take you to the CPCS downloads page where you can view theory test questions, practical test expectations and the renewal factsheets amongst other helpful information


In addition, we can deliver training prior to the Technical Test for operators of plant and machinery including

  • Forward Tipping Dumper
  • Excavators – 180 degree and 360 degree all sizes (including lift operations)
  • Telehandler
  • Wheeled Loading Shovel
  • Skid Steer Loader
  • Ride on Roller
  • Agricultural Tractor
  • Crawler – Tractor/Dozer
  • Dumptruck – articulated chassis

Any missing categories please ring to discuss

We now offer the ‘Renewal Online Tests’ for Blue card renewal which became compulsory for all blue card holders from the 1st October 2013, please enquire on 01912504601