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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 nocn@nocn.org.uk 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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Extend my CPCS Red Trained Operator Card

Learn how to extend your Red Trained Operator card for 12 months or 2 years.

You can follow one of two routes, depending on when your card expired.

1) For a 12-month VQ extension, you must:

  • Hold a CPCS Red Trained Operator card which is in date, or within 12 months from the expiry date
  • Be registered for a VQ relevant to the category

Once these elements have been achieved, call the CPCS Helpline on 0300 999 1177 (option 2), confirm your details and make a payment of £28.00, you will be asked to provide proof of a VQ registration by email prior to calling. Please email enquiries@jobcards.org with proof of the VQ registration. This is a non-refundable fee for the services of processing the application. This is a non-refundable fee for the services of processing the application.

A new card will be issued for 12 months (from date of application) to enable the VQ to be achieved. Once the VQ has been achieved, you will be able to apply to Upgrade to a Blue Competent Operator card


2) For an additional 2 Year card, you must:

  • Hold an expired trained operator card by more than 12 months
  • Hold a valid CITB health, safety and environment test
  • Achieve the CPCS theory test (within two years of the CITB health, safety and environment test)
  • Achieve the CPCS practical test (within six months of the CPCS theory test and within two years of the CITB health, safety and environment test)
  • Both CPCS theory and practical tests are delivered by an accredited CPCS test centre. (Find a CPCS Test Centre)
  • Be registered for the VQ.


Once all these elements have been achieved, the CPCS test centre will request the CPCS Additional 2 year Red Trained Operator card on your behalf.

CITB Health & Safety Test Find a Test Centre Support Documents