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Key skills expected of a CPCS Tester

Successful testing depends on the competence of the CPCS Tester.

A competent CPCS Tester is defined as an individual who has the following minimum qualities:

  • Able to communicate effectively and confidently verbally and in writing to a range of persons and for reports
  • Able to recognise and show empathy for the operating and learning abilities of others, show patience, and adapt approach to accommodate all situations
  • Able to recognise poor practice against test criteria and provide appropriate feedback
  • Able to apply appropriate questioning techniques
  • Able to lead and maintain control at all times
  • Able to test effectively in both classroom and other working environments under varying conditions
  • Able to deliver testing whilst offering equal access and equal opportunities to all.

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.

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