Delays to card printing

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Delays to card printing

If you are contacting us regarding having not received your CPCS or CISRS card, please be assured that NOCN staff, external teams and a new supplier have been working tirelessly behind the scenes to resume card production. Printing resumed on 14th September and we are working through the backlog of cards.

We apologise for any inconvenience. In the meantime, you, your employer or a site manager can visit the NOCN card checker at to validate your card details.


Blue CPCS Competence Cards – More than 10 Categories Card Tap

In cases where individuals hold more than 10 categories, the new card will display nine printed categories on the reverse side, with the 10th row stating: "To See Additional Categories, Tap Card."

Further information on this can be found in the bulletins section of our website. 

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CPCS Red Trained Operator Card Upgrade

What steps you need to take to Upgrade your Red Trained Operator Card

To upgrade:

  1. Hold a CPCS Red Trained Operator Card for the category which is within 12 months of expiry date if the extension has been applied for or 24 months if the extension has not been applied for
  2. Pass the relevant Health, Safety and Environment test within the last two years
  3. Achieve a VQ, with the appropriate units relevant to the category

Once these elements have been achieved, please send via email and you will receive a payment request link where you will make a payment of £28.00, you will be asked to provide proof of the relevant VQ qualification achievement (copies of full qualification and unit credit certificates) by email. Please email with proof of the VQ qualification achievement. This is a non-refundable fee for the services of processing the application.

A Blue Competent Operator Card will be issued for five years. Full details on How to Upgrade a Red card are available to view in the Scheme Booklet for Operators.

Please note: Where an existing blue Competent Operator card is already held, the upgraded category(ies) will be added to this card and the original expiry date will be retained. If your blue Competent Operator card is due to expire within 3 months it will need to be renewed to add the new category(ies).

CPCS Health, Safety & Environment Test Find a Test Centre Support Documents