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Coronavirus update for customers

Operational Update on NOCN Group Qualifications and Services

NOCN Group offers a wide range of services including regulated qualifications, EPA for apprenticeships, Job Cards in construction, Access to HE Diplomas, bespoke accreditation, and educational and skills support training.

As you will be aware the government imposed a third national lockdown from Tuesday 5th January 2021. You will find out more operational detail on the implications for each of these services through the following links:

Business Development
Regulated Qualifications
EPA for Apprenticeships
Job Cards in construction (CPCS)
One Awards

Please note that NOCN Group will be following the guidance issued by the ESFA, IfATE, Ofqual, CCEA Regulation, QAA, and Qualifications Wales, and will update our customers as things change.

If you have any concerns or would like to discuss the impact on your centre, apprentices or learners please contact us on or 0300 999 1177.

Further information:

Letter from Gavin Williamson CBE MP to Simon Lebus

Letter from Simon Lebus to Rt Hon Gavin Williamson CBE MP

DfE and Ofqual have launched two consultations (15th January):

GCSE, AS and A Level awarding in summer 2021

Alternative arrangements for the award of VTQs and other generals in 2021

Using Xbox to Access Online Learning

It is possible for learners to access their online work from home using a gaming console. For guidance on how to do this please download the document here.

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The Construction Plant Competence Scheme (CPCS) provides skills cards for the plant sector of the Construction and allied industries. It was launched in 2003 and since then over 300,000 cards have been issued across 60 categories of plant and related occupations. The CPCS Management Committee continually review and amend the Scheme, in light of on-going Industry feedback, and external factors such as the latest occupational health issues, technology advances and new plant types.

Not all cards are the same

Are people on your site competent to do their job or just carded to get a job? It’s not about getting a card to work, to get on-site, it’s about having people on-site you can trust to do a good job, safely.

Be competent, be carded, be safe - With over 300,000 cards issued across more than 60 categories of plant and related occupations, CPCS is the construction industry’s largest plant card scheme.

One-to-one testing of theory and practical - Provides a stronger basis to test a candidates knowledge, experience and practical skills than in group testing.

More test questions - Depth of knowledge tested further, using an average of 70 questions per category.

Centre-based testing - Over 90% of our practical tests are taken in purpose-built test centres, ensuring the full range of operations are covered, without disrupting a site.

Independent Testing - Ensuring testers are not involved in the candidates training, guarantees the independent measure of ability and knowledge.

Continued Professional Development - Ongoing development for Operators ensures their skills and knowledge is up to date.

How to get your CPCS Card

Why choose CPCS?

  • Accepted on all UK construction sites and in many cases, is the only card to be accepted
  • CPCS is the Plant partner card scheme of CSCS
  • Helps you meet your health and safety obligations
  • Over 180 approved test centres
  • Free online support materials, including theory test questions
  • Over 200 test sites nationwide delivering theory and practical tests
  • Helping to set industry standards for over 30 years
  • Training and testing standards developed by industry-led working groups
  • CPCS cards help prove people have the skills and knowledge to do their job competently onsite, we do this with:
    • Support from a management committee of federations and organisations, ‘employers’
    • Ensuring assessment standards are robust, comprehensive, relevant and up to date
    • A dedicated team of Quality Assurance personnel
    • Supporting lifelong learning and the maintenance of occupational competency
    • Continually reviewing plant categories to ensure the Scheme meets employers’ needs.

Offset the cost of your training and testing?

If you are a CITB levy-paying employer you can offset the costs of training and testing by using one of our 180 nationwide test centres. The example shows the savings which can be made utilising CITB Grants for Tier 3 Plant Operator testing and training. More information on CITB Grants and Funding can be found here.

CPCS Management Committee is supported by key industry bodies

With on-going changes come on-going challenges and we look forward to continuing work with Industry and our Test Centres to ensure that the Scheme further contributes to establishing a competent, safe and efficient plant industry.