What to expect on your NTSS or NPORS Test Day
If you are an experienced operator you will be able to undertake a 1 day theory and practical test day without the need for training. These are the same tests that would take place at the end of one of our plant training courses.
As no training will be offered if only tests are booked we often suggest that a ‘refresher day’ may be useful. This can be especially helpful to experienced operators that have many years of experience, who are self-taught and may have fallen into bad habits or are concerned about passing the theory section of the test.
We can generally test up to 6 individuals per day but this does vary per category.
Testing can take place either at your site or at our accredited training centre in Cambridgeshire.
What to expect on the day:
Upon arrival you will be introduced to the instructor who will be testing you. Once it is time to start the tests you will be shown into the test room.
The Theory Test
You will first undertake the theory section of the test. The theory test will be a written exam made up of 25 questions. The first 5 questions will require a full written answer. The next 20 questions are multiple choice.
You will not be permitted access to any computer or mobile phone during the test. You will not receive any help or guidance during the test. (If you feel you may require help with your theory test, please consider booking refresher training in advance of the test).
If you should require it, a translator can be provided for an additional charge. This must be requested in advance.
Ideally you would pass the theory test in order to progress to the practical test. If you fail the theory test you will be offered the opportunity to undertake the practical test but you would then have to retake the theory test at another time and would incur an additional charge for this.
The Practical Test
Once you have successfully passed the Theory Test you will move onto the Practical Test. This will take place outside and will involve the tester providing you with instructions to follow out on the machinery. You will then be accessed to ensure you have the necessary experience, core skills and the technical knowledge to operate the specific category of plant safely.
At the end of the test day you will be asked to complete a form providing your contact details.
If you successfully pass both the theory and practical elements of the test you will be awarded either an NPORS or an NTSS Card or Certificate which we will apply for on your behalf. Once we have received the card or certificate we will send it to the company or individual who has booked and paid for the course once payment in full has been received.
Card/Certification Renewals: Your NPORS or NTSS card/certification will be valid for 5 years after which you will need to renew the qualification by repeating the test day.