Popular courses include Telehandler (inc or exc 360 slew), Slinger/Signaller, Forward Tipping Dumper, Ride on Roller, Dump Truck and Excavator (360 above or below 10 tonnes).
The National Plant Operators Registration Scheme (NPORS) is an alternative accreditation to CPCS and works across the Construction, Industrial, Utilities, Warehousing and Distribution, Agricultural, Ports and Marine sectors. NPORS training and testing is conducted in accordance with published course objectives and learning outcomes which are derived from the National Occupational Standards.
In 2014, the UK Contractors Group (UKCG) took the decision to recognise the NPORS card as acceptable proof of operator competence across their sites (as opposed to just the CPCS card which had, up until that time, been the only one they accepted).
There are three routes available to achieve an NPORS Operator Card (valid for 3 or 5 years):
- EXPERIENCED OPERATOR – REQUIRING TRAINING
- EXPERIENCED OPERATOR – REQUIRING NO TRAINING
Employers should assess suitability of a person for the role as a plant operator and then one of MG Scotland’s qualified instructors will verify the suitability of the candidate for the chosen route – see below for further information on each route.
To achieve this card novice operators should attend training and pass both theory and practical tests.
Experienced Operator requiring training
To achieve this card experienced operators should attend training and pass both theory and practical tests.
Experienced Operator requiring no training
To achieve this card experienced operators can proceed directly to theory and practical tests, without any training days.