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WHAT DOES NPORS STAND FOR?

NPORS stands for National Plant Operators Registration Scheme

WHAT IS A NPORS CARD?

NPORS cards are essential for many workers to get on site and use plant equipment to fulfil their job role. They can be referred to in a number of different ways, for example, dumper operators may refer to them as a NPORS dumper ticket.

More and more construction sites recognise NPORS cards as valid proof of the operator’s competency, with managers and supervisors requiring that workers hold a NPORS or equivalent card to work for them.

WHAT ARE THE TYPES OF NPORS CARDS AVAILABLE FOR ME AS AN OPERATOR?

Traditional Card
This is the most basic form of NPORS card. This card is suitable for anyone no matter what environment or sector they work in. However, unlike other NPORS cards, the traditional card does not feature the CSCS logo. This means that workers may struggle to get on construction sites with only this card. It’s primarily aimed more towards individuals who are working outside of construction in factories, warehouses, or similar environments. Once the training and assessment have successfully been completed the operator will receive a 3 year traditional NPORS card, which is renewable.

Trained Operator Card
Trained operator cards are the introductory card issued to operators who require to have a card carrying the CSCS logo on it. These cards are valid for two years and may be referred to as ‘red cards’ due to the red writing on the front. During this 2-year period the plant operator must achieve the relevant NVQ qualification for the categories held on their Trained Operator Card in order for it to be renewed.

Competent Operator Card
The NPORS Competent Operator Card is aimed at workers with more experience in the industry. To apply, the candidate needs to have a trained operator card and have gone on to complete a relevant (minimum) Level 2 NVQ for their job role. These cards are valid for five years and may be referred to as ‘blue cards’ due to the blue writing on the front.

Please note that in the case of the Red Trained Operator and Blue Competent Operator Cards candidates will have to supply proof that they have passed the CITB Health, Safety and Environmental touch screen test within two years prior to their application for the card.

WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN NPORS AND CPCS?

There isn't much difference between the two schemes, as the ways to achieve the trained operator card and the competence card are the same. The choice of which card to complete will need to be based on the candidates learning style, budget and the requirements of the sites or companies that they will be working for.

HOW LONG WILL IT BE BEFORE I RECEIVE MY NPORS CARD?

It takes about 2 weeks for us to receive your NPORS Card . We then post it out to you via recorded delivery.

ARE HARNESSES REQUIRED FOR A MEWP BOOM COURSE?

Yes, all candidates need to bring their own harnesses for training.

WHAT TYPE OF HARNESS IS REQUIRED?

A full-body harness with short restraint lanyard is required

DOES NPORS HAVE A CARD CHECKER SITE?

Yes, all card details can be checked on the NPORS Online Services Portal. Just search via your usual internet browser.

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