Further to the recent announcement from NPORS regarding the adopting of the CSCS logo onto the NPORS Construction Plant Operator Card we now have some basic information on how their new card system will operate in the construction sector. These changes will affect both new entrants to the scheme and existing card holders.
Basic training and testing undertaken and Trained Operator Card issued valid for 2 years from date of test. During this period the operator will be required to register for and achieve the (S)NVQ relevant to the categories held on their Trained Operator Card. Also the operator logbook will need to be completed and validated. Once achieved the operator can apply for the Competent Operator Card valid for 5 years from date of application.
Existing NPORS Card Holder
Existing NPORS card holders will be given the opportunity to apply for a transitional card. If the operator does not hold the relevant (S)NVQ for the categories held on their operator card they will be issued with the Trained Operator Card valid for 2 years from date of application. They will be required to follow the same process as a new entrant.
If the operator holds the relevant (S)NVQ for the categories held on their operator card they can apply for the Competent Operator Card valid for 5 years from the date of application.
When will the new process begin?
For new entrants to the scheme the new process will begin on 1st October 2016 for notified training / testing. For TP’s who receive operator renewals you will receive an information leaflet advising on the course of action to take. For existing card holders who are not due for card renewal we envisage that they can apply for a transitional card via www.npors.com from mid September.
This is just a very basic outline of the new process. Once we have received additional information about the changes, details will be provided on our website and Facebook page.
This information can also be found on the NPORS website.