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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 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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Further information on the removal of the ‘Validator’ role

We have now updated all documents on our website to reflect the removal of the Validator role.

Renewal application

As you will see from the application form F1/3 and the Scheme Booklet for Operators, an Employer independent declaration is still required to ensure that the details on this application are correct to the best of their knowledge and that the terms and conditions of the CPCS Scheme Booklet for Operators have been met.

These checks include:

a) that the applicant's details stated in section A1 and A2 are correct
b) the applicant has the relevant CITB Health, safety and environment test passed within 2 years of the date of application receipt
c) the applicant has the relevant CPCS Renewal test(s) passed within 2 years of the date of application receipt (for each category being renewed as indicated in Section C
d) the applicant has proven ongoing category operating ability through:

  • recording the minimum number of hours in a CPCS Logbook (and being endorsed competent by an Endorser) OR
  • achievement of the CPCS Practical Test delivered by a CPCS Tester through a CPCS Test Centre OR
  • achievement of an On-site Assessment delivered by a CPCS Tester through a CPCS Test Centre.

This is an important part of the process and we recognise that employers use this check on site to ensure they have the right people performing the right jobs. Self-employed applicants are responsible for completing this form in the role of the Employer.

As in our previous communications, we will no longer be accepting registrations to become a Validator and in future these checks should be undertaken by the Individual’s Employer.

Our Quality Assurance processes around applications are robust and our NOCN CPCS team will continue their checks of every application received to ensure that these meet the requirements of the Scheme Booklet for Operators.

We are in the process of updating documents in the CPCS ON Library for Test Centres and on the CITB website where some old documentation is still held.


All CPCS Scheme rules around the completion of the logbook still apply as before. Logbooks are still required to be endorsed by a person who can confirm the applicant’s operating experience on that machine or equipment as part of the renewal process, if the applicant is using the logbook route. The endorser must be in a minimum of a supervisory role. Self-employed applicants are responsible for making sure their logbook is endorsed in line with the scheme rules.

Upon the introduction of smart cards later on this year, employers will also be able to check all cardholder details for CPCS in one place, by tapping the card on any NFC enabled device. We also have plans in place to introduce a Digital Logbook, improving our Quality Assurance even further.