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Construction Plant Competence Scheme (CPCS)

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Construction Plant Competence Scheme (CPCS)

Please see below for different CPCS machine courses. Can’t see the course you need? Please contact TAM Training on 0208 988 6930 for further information.

Why choose Tam Training?

  • We are the only company in industry that works around your WORK needs or your BUSINESS needs!! We save you Time and Money!!
  • You work full-time job and cannot always afford the time off work to complete an important Training course that will give you additional skills. Or you are in charge of the staff rota and you can’t afford to lose an important employee from their normal work schedules as you have project deadlines or no employee cover –That’s why we offer Weekend and Evening Courses so YOU have minimum disruption to your schedule!.
  • The Cost of all our First Aid courses are priced very competitively – please see course timetable below for latest prices and offers for the Emergency First Aid course.
  • Our Trainers have a combined 35 year’s experience delivering First Aid and Construction related Training – that’s how we generate complete satisfaction for our customers!!
  • Instant Results!! Pass confirmation letter given to you on last day of course.
  • We do not cancel any courses.  All our scheduled courses always HAPPEN!!

How Can the CPCS Course Help me?


This 3 day course is for people responsible for the movement of plant and vehicles on construction sites.

You will learn how to prepare for vehicle movement and guidance, communication, plant hazards and ground conditions, work area layout and positioning.

Slinger / Signaller

  • Establish the weight and dimensions of loads and communicate this information to the crane operator.
  • Select appropriate lifting tackle and attach and detach it correctly and safely.
  • Use clear and unambiguous signals to direct the actions of a crane moving loads of various weights and dimensions.
  • Determine the serviceability of lifting accessories, and maintain and store them

360 Excavator

  • Operate the excavator 360° tracked safely and productively.
  • Fit and operate ancillary equipment.
  • Site the machine safely and efficiently.
  • Carry out minor adjustments and routine servicing procedures.
  • Understand the capabilities, purposes and limitations of each machine.
  • Follow all necessary safety precautions.
  • Interpret the information provided by level pegs and profiles.
  • Be aware of the necessary routine adjustments and service procedures, and carry them out.
  • Work to levels with the aid of laser equipment.

Telescopic Handler

  • Operate the machine for all normal tasks.
  • Decide whether a particular load is safe to lift.
  • Carry out routine servicing procedures and maintenance as necessary, in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions.
  • Know how the machine works and the maintenance requirements involved.
  • Understand the effect of load, size, weight, gradients and ground conditions upon machine stability.
  • Know how to load, store and transport representative materials.

Forward Tipping &/or Dumper

  • Operate the machine to a minimum standard.
  • Fit and operate ancillary equipment.
  • Site the machine safely and efficiently.
  • Know which minor adjustments and routine servicing procedures are necessary, and be able to carry them out.
  • Prepare the machine for travelling on the public highway.
  • Understand the capabilities, purposes and limitations of each machine.
  • Apply all necessary safety precautions.
  • Understand how diesel engines work and how various parts of the machine operate.

Ride Roller

  • All pre-start, running checks and shut down procedures.
  • Set roller for travel.
  • Awareness of on-site hazards.
  • Set the roller for compaction duties.
  • Place roller in an out of service condition.
  • Recognise compacted/uncompacted areas.
  • Conditions that may cause instability of the roller.
  • Safety procedures when working up to unsupported edges.
  • Loading and unloading procedures on/off a transporter.

Rear Tipping Dumper

Rear tip articulating dumper training ranges from 1 – 4 days depending on your previous experience. 

Our course is designed to cover everything you need in order to gain the skills to pass your CPCS test and more. 

All training and testing is carried out on a 25 tonne A25C Volvo Dump Truck, this qualifies the candidate to operate any size of rear tip articulating truck on site.

Crane Supervisor for all Lifting Operations

  • Legislation, regulations and Codes of Practice relating to lifting duties.
  • Safe systems of work including method statements.
  • Taking personal responsibility.
  • Different types of cranes and associated terminology.
  • Understanding crane documentation.
  • Understanding crane stability, duty charts and safety devices.
  • Crane appreciation.
  • Observing British Standard 7121.
  • Understanding the role of crane supervisor.
  • Understanding the role of appointed person.
  • Preparing an area with exclusion zones.

Appointed Persons Lifting Duties

  • Observe regulations and Codes of Practice.
  • Follow safe systems of work including method statements.
  • Take personal responsibility.
  • Describe different types of cranes and associated terminology.
  • Understand crane documentation.
  • Understand crane stability, duty charts and safety devices.
  • Appreciate tower cranes.
  • Observe British Standard 7121 Safe Use of Cranes Guidlines sections 1, 2, 3 and 4.
  • Recognise the role of appointed persons.
  • Plan a lift.

CPCS Course Tutors

Our course tutors are qualified and experienced health and safety professionals, with extensive experience in First Aid, Health & Safety, Construction and Risk Management.

All our Trainers hold numerous appropriate First Aid and health and safety qualifications such as a NEBOSH General Certificate, and the NEBOSH National Certificate in Construction Health & Safety which is the leading Health & Safety Award in the Construction Industry.

Additionally all our Trainers hold teaching qualifications which is a minimum Level 5 which is well above the required industry standard to ensure that we deliver Training of the highest Standard.

What new skills will you achieve?

The CPCS Courses allow you to gain the technical skills required to carry out your duties in line with the industry standards. 

Upon completion of the CPCS, you may want to undertake a PLANT NVQ to retain a blue card. The NVQ is a lifetime qualification.

Are Course Materials Provided?

Yes, all books and course materials are provided during the training period. Please be aware not all Training companies provide course materials as part of their advertised price. Please check that there is no extra charge levied to you for course materials.


Official CPCS Training delivered by World Class Instructors

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Includes official BSC Level 1 HSA training course materials

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No there are no pre-requisites for the course but you will be expected to be able to understand the instructor and communicate to a satisfactory standard in English

The hours are 9am to 4pm for both weekend and weekday courses approximately.

Yes absolutely we encourage our customers to have a face to face discussion with us regarding their training course and training needs. This puts your mind at ease so you know you are dealing with real people and a real business that will give you the best service possible It will also give you the opportunity to meet some staff members or even your trainer if they are not delivering training at the time of your visit.

We understand that everyone does not have time to do this so the next best thing is to have a discussion of whatever questions, queries, or concerns you have with one of our training course administrators.


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