Established in 1992, the National Plant Operators Registration Scheme ( NPORS ) is now one of the UK’s leading Accreditation and Registration Bodies, working across the Construction, Industrial, Utilities, Warehousing and Distribution, Agricultural, Ports and Marine sectors.
This training offers flexibility, whilst maintaining standards, both nationally and internationally by working with industry and Accredited Training Providers. It is accepted by United Kingdom Contractors Group (UKCG).
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Training and testing is conducted in accordance with published course objectives and learning outcomes which are derived from the National Occupational Standards. Employers, once they have assessed the suitability of a person for the role of plant operator will then decide which route their candidate should follow i.e. novice, operator, experienced operator requiring training or experienced operator requiring no training. An NPORS Accredited Training Provider (ATP) will complete a pre-assessment of the operator to determine the level of training required.
NPORS Operator Cards
In 2016 NPORS changed the way they run their scheme. To bring them more in line with what is offered by CPCS they now have 2 options available with their cards.
NPORS training and testing is conducted in accordance with published course objectives and learning outcomes which are derived from the National Occupational Standards. Employers. We will assess you for suitability in the role of plant operator and will recommend which we believe you should follow i.e. novice, operator, experienced operator requiring training or experienced operator requiring no training.
CSCS NPORS Cards
NPORS now offers a CSCS card. Much like the CPCS operator cards this type of card will require you to complete practical and theory tests after which you will be awarded a two year ‘red’ operator card. During the two years you must then register and complete an appropriate S/NVQ to be awarded a ‘blue’ Competent Operator Card which will then be valid for 5 years.
Unlike CPCS, you have the option of undertaking the practical and theory tests either at an accredited test centre or at another location of your choosing (assuming it meets the necessary criteria).
Before undertaking any CSCS NPORS practical or theory test you will need to have passed a Health & Safety touch screen test within the two years prior.
Traditional NPORS Cards
This is a record of training/assessment an individual has undertaken to prove their ability to safely operate or drive an item of plant machinery or equipment. Registration lasts for three or five years from the date of first initial test.
An NPORS card is much more flexible than other schemes, giving you the ability to:
- Include attachments – E.g. Telescopic Handler – with Bucket attachment.
- Restrict the card for Operational reasons – E.g. 180 Excavator – restricted to front bucket use only.
- Restrict the card for Commercial reasons – E.g. Restricted for use on A Company Ltd sites only.
Traditional NPORS Cards Renewals
An operator can renew his card in one of two ways:
An employer signs a renewal notification form. This signature is to verify that the operator has maintained a good standard on the category and has been accident free during their employment.
Refresher training to be completed for each group of categories.