Coronavirus update for customers

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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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Upgrade to a Full CPCS Tester Card

A Full Tester Card will be issued for five years.

To upgrade you need to:

  • Hold a CPCS Provisional Tester Card which is within 12 months of the expiry date
  • Hold a valid in date First Aid certificate
  • Pass the Manager & Professionals (MAP) CITB health, safety and environment (HS&E) test
  • Achieve the appropriate role-based competence qualification.
  • Completion of form F3/2 Application to Upgrade to a Full CPCS Tester Card with copies of required certificates and payment of £28. This is a non-refundable fee for the service of processing the application

Hold one of the following Health & Safety Qualifications:

  • NEBOSH Construction Certificate within 5 years
  • NEBOSH Construction Certificate with IOSH Membership (Tech IOSH Level Membership as a minimum) if older than 5 years
  • Site Managers Safety Training Scheme (SMSTS)
  • Managing and Co-ordination Plant (MCP) with Refresher where applicable
  • ISOH Managing Safely (within 5 years)
  • 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)


A Full Tester Card will be issued for five years. Further information on How to Upgrade your Tester card can be found in the Scheme Booklet for Testers.

CITB Health & Safety Test Find a Test Centre Support Documents