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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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CPCS Blue Competent Operator Card Renewal

Learn how to renew card within five years of expiry, or renew cards which expired over five years ago.

IMPORTANT: Did you obtain your card via Industry Accreditation? ("Grand Father Rights")

Please note Industry Accreditation is being withdrawn. CPCS is required to phase out blue Competent Operator cards gained through Industry Accreditation from 1 January 2020, and any cards issued through transitional routes will be completely removed by 31 December 2024, more information.

Renewing a card within 5 years of expiry.

To renew you need to:

  • Hold a CPCS Blue Competent Operator Card for the category which is within five years of expiry date
  • Pass the relevant CITB health, safety and environment test within the last two years
  • Pass the CPCS Renewal test for each category held*
  • Demonstrated on-going practical operating experience through a choice of routes:

Completion of form F1/3 Application to Renew CPCS Competent Operator Card, to be submitted to the mailing address on the reverse of the application form. If a fee is required you will be sent an online link. Applications can be made 3 months prior to the expiry date.

A Blue Competent Operator Card will be issued for five years. Full details on how to renew are available within the Scheme Booklet for Operators.

Renewing a card which expired more than 5 years ago.

The CPCS Management Committee has agreed to new criteria for expired Competent Card holders.

For more information please view our FAQs.

If a Blue Competent Operator Card is more than five years past the expiry date, a cardholder who wants to renew it will have to:

  • Pass CITB Health, safety & environment test
  • Pass the CPCS Theory Test for each category held
  • Pass the CPCS Practical Test for each category held
  • Hold the relevant VQ (if not held a Trained Operator Card will be issued)
For further information and advice, contact our CPCS Helpline on 0300 999 1177.

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