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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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Get a CPCS Tester Card

Learn which skills and experience you require to become a CPCS Tester.

 

All delegates must have relevant experience on the category or categories of plant, are trained and assessed in order to successfully deliver learning to those lacking the relevant skills and knowledge and/or able to independently and impartially judge a learners skills, knowledge and understanding through an assessment process. This is evidenced through the completion of a Record of Category Experience (RoE).

Once the RoE has been approved, you need to:

  • Hold one of the following Health & Safety Qualifications 
    • NEBOSH Construction Certificate within 5years
    • NEBOSH Construction Certificate with IOSH Membership (Tech IOSH Level Membership as a minimum) if older than 5years
    • Site Managers Safety Training Scheme (SMSTS)
    • Managing and Co-ordinating Plant (MCP) with Refresher were applicable
    • IOSH Managing Safely (within 5years)
    • Level 5 or 6 H&S Qualification accompanied with an in date CSCS card stating the following occupation routes:
      1. Construction Health and Safety Manager (with Minimum Tech IOSH Membership)
      2. Construction Health and Safety Senior Manager (with Minimum Tech IOSH Membership)
  • Hold a valid in date first aid certificate
  • Pass the Managers and Professionals (MAP) CITB health, safety and environment test
  • Achieve the CPCS Advanced theory test (within two years of the HS&E MAP test)
  • Achieved the CPCS Advanced practical test (within six months of theory test and 2 years of the HS&E MAP test)
  • Attend and pass the CPCS Tester Course*
  • Achieve the relevant role-based competence qualification**

* This course is now delivered by specially approved CPCS Test Centres known as CPCS Academies.  Further information is available by contacting CPCS NOCN Job cards on 0300 999 1177.

** If Role-based competence has not been achieved at the time of application, a two year Provisional Tester card will be issued.

Both CPCS Advanced Theory and Practical Tests are delivered by an approved CPCS Test Centre.

NOCN Job Cards are now offering a £500 bursary towards CPCS Tester Training.

CPCS Testers are required to assess an individual’s knowledge, understanding, and performance against the CPCS Technical Test criteria. Many plant operators make the change as they want to help others achieve their potential, but what are the benefits for you?

  1. Professional Development - As a CPCS Tester you will build a range of skills, including assessment and communication skills. Many testers go on to develop further skills in the education and training sector including becoming, tutors, EQA’s or Construction EPA Assessors.
  2. A Change of Role - If you have spent most of your working life on-site, on machines you might be looking of new ways to use your skills, a role that is less hands-on, but still gives you the opportunity to stay in the plant sector. CPCS Testers are able to use their professional experience, but also get to see a subject from an entirely different angle.
  3. Meet New People - One of the most interesting aspects of becoming a CPCS Tester I getting to know learners and operators from all walks of life. You will be able to build a wide network of contacts within the plant and education sectors.
CPCS Tester Bursary Terms & Conditions
CPCS Tester Bursary Application Form

CITB Health & Safety Test Find a Test Centre Support Documents