Coronavirus update for customers

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Coronavirus update for customers

You will be aware of the various Government and World Health Organisation (WHO) announcements and official advice over COVID19.

The situation is unprecedented and has been continually changing. With colleges and schools now closed and the country in effect ‘locked down’, other than essential services, we will endeavour to continue to support you, your apprentices, learners and card applicants through this difficult period.

We support Ofqual’s statement that the most important principle is fairness to all learners and apprentices, not only for those being assessed now, but also for those assessed before COVID-19.

All our staff are working from home, so we will still be offering front line support, through telephony, email and web chat as usual.

At this time, NOCN aims to provide as full a range of our services as possible, where these can be delivered remotely, and where possible we will use remote or recorded assessment methods. We will do this in a way to maintain the integrity of the assessment.

All face-to-face appointments for approval visits, External Quality Assurers, and external assessments have been suspended until training centres reopen and normal business resumes.

We will be providing digital on-line support to you, this may include the ability to offer WebEx interviews, develop online invigilated exams in place of physical papers, and certain digital content support. Please contact us to discuss how best we can support you.

As you will know, 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. You will find out more operational detail on the implications of COVID19 for each of these services, including advice for students and centres preparing for external assessments, through the following links:

Business Development
Regulated Qualifications
Quality Assurance
EPA for Apprenticeships
Job Cards in construction (CPCS)
Access to HE Diplomas
Bespoke Accreditation
International

Please note that NOCN will be following the guidance issued by the ESFA, IfATE, Ofqual, CCEA, 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 (Option 1).

Best wishes from all at NOCN to you our valued customers. We hope you all remain safe and well.

Graham Hasting-Evans, Group Managing Director

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The role of a CPCS Tester

A CPCS Tester is required to assess an individual’s knowledge, understanding and performance against the CPCS Technical Test criteria.

A CPCS Tester must be up to date with the latest CPCS requirements such as the CPCS Training Syllabi, CPCS Approved Code of Delivery and CPCS Practical Test Specifications, first aid and health and safety matters.

A CPCS Tester is an individual who has suitable and sufficient industry and operating knowledge and ability on the category of plant in all its acceptable uses and environments, has met the CPCS Scheme requirements to become a CPCS Tester and has been issued with a CPCS Tester card.

A CPCS Tester must work within an Approved CPCS Test Centre to supervise, deliver and provide written feedback on:

  • CPCS Theory Tests in a classroom environment using verbal questioning techniques in a one-on-one situation with the operator
  • CPCS Practical Tests in a practical test environment
  • CPCS On-site Assessments in a live work environment or a suitable location that ensures the activities can be completed

The CPCS Tester will only be able to operate as a Tester within the remit of the CPCS Test Centre(s) to which they are registered. The CPCS Tester may choose to operate through one or more CPCS Test Centres.

Further information on the role of a Tester is available in the Scheme Booklet for Testers.

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