Delays to card printing

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Delays to card printing

If you are contacting us regarding having not received your CPCS or CISRS card, please be assured that NOCN staff, external teams and a new supplier have been working tirelessly behind the scenes to resume card production. Printing resumed on 14th September and we are working through the backlog of cards.

We apologise for any inconvenience. In the meantime, you, your employer or a site manager can visit the NOCN card checker at to validate your card details.


Blue CPCS Competence Cards – More than 10 Categories Card Tap

In cases where individuals hold more than 10 categories, the new card will display nine printed categories on the reverse side, with the 10th row stating: "To See Additional Categories, Tap Card."

Further information on this can be found in the bulletins section of our website. 

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CITB Plant Related Achievement Grant Consultation

On 7th October CITB conducted a consultation exercise with industry to gain views on what the new Plant Short Duration Training Standards and Grants should look like.

As a result of this consultation, CITB decided:

  • New plant grants should be simple for employers to understand and access
  • Training and assessment should be combined in relation to CITB standards and grants
  • CITB standards should include minimum trainer and assessor requirements

Technical working groups (with PSRO oversight) continue working with CITB to develop the new CITB Training Standards. The new standards will ensure safe, consistent and high-quality plant operations throughout England, Scotland and Wales.

The first phase of the changes will see new standards introduced for the following:

  • Excavator 360, above 10 tonnes (tracked)
  • Forward tipping dumper (wheeled)
  • Rear tipping dumper/ dump truck: articulated chassis (all sizes)
  • Ride on Roller
  • Telescopic handler: all sizes excluding 360 slew
  • Industrial forklift
  • Plant and Vehicle Marshaller
  • Slinger, Signaller: all types, all duties


Plant Grant Achievements for the first eight categories January 2023

Testing Grant for all Other CPCS Categories

All remaining CPCS theory and practical test achievements will remain grant fundable to eligible organisations at the current grant rates.

£60 for the technical test theory achievement.

£190, £240 or £410, depending on the tier category of plant, for the achievement of the Technical Test Practical element of a Construction Plant Competency Scheme (CPCS).

Training Grants

Please note all remaining CPCS theory and practical test achievements will remain grant fundable and eligible to organisations at the current grant rates. The current CITB training rate for plant operatives is £120. This can continue to be claimed for all remaining CPCS categories, other than the eight, for which new standards exist.

CPCS has attracted grants for 20 years; during this time, the scheme has been seen as exemplar and has supported employers with training costs by ensuring it delivers for the industry's requirements.

More information from CITB for Plant Standards and Grants

CPCS Routes to Entry and CITB Grant Support