What’s happened to the CPCS logbook validator? Your questions answered..

The sudden removal of the CPCS validator from the scheme in August 2019 came as some surprise to the majority of test centres and companies directly involved within the blue card renewal process. This was compounded by the lack of available information from NOCN jobcards over their justification.

(NOCN is the owner and maintainer of the CPCS card scheme, after having acquired it from CITB in 2018.)

However, NOCN have now provided some clarity over this decision (via an email):

At the start of August we made the decision to remove Validators from the scheme. The reasons for this were:

  • Between March and June, 23.99% of rejected renewal applications were due to the validator not undertaking the checks or completing the application form correctly. We have calculated 84.4% of these rejections could have been avoided. This was slowing the process for getting the right people the right cards to work on site.
  • There was reported fraudulent activity taking place in the validator process which we wanted to stop.

Since the removal of the Validators, our rejection rates have dropped from 23% to 11.2%.

We recognise that there is an important place for employer checks on site and we have made this clear in our most recent communications and updated forms, these are available on our website – click this link for: further-information-on-the-removal-of-the-validator-role

On this occasion we know our communications to Test Centres were not as strong as they should have been and for this we apologise – we will continue to learn from you.

As ACOP Group we have read the reasoning from NOCN and welcome this decision. Please contact us if you require any clarification.


  1. I usually work for different agencys who can validate my cpcs card its frustrating got my hours in on logbook but not working at min who can validate it ant suggestions

  2. im the same i work for agency’s and im not working so i passed my renewal test but don’t have anyone to sign my form , i suppose ill have to wait for work but then cannot guarantee there will be someone there thats is an approved validator .

  3. The sad truth is that CPCS (NOCN) did grow based on their focus in increasing revenue. They did not take the appropriate measures and they made mistake after mistake after mistake. running this massive Scheme should be done By expierence Managers who have been involved in all stages of Plant (from operative to senior position level) This has became nothing but a sad joke done only for the benefit of incompetent personnel who have nothing to do with this industry other then destroying this, so important, part of Construction Industry (plant, Plant management, Logistics and lifting operations))

  4. Rang Citb they said no longer need to validate your log book just pass your Cscs operative and cpcs screen test and send it off that’s what I was told they said anybody could sign the validaters bit

  5. As a owner driver that try’s to stay away from site work I’ve been able to validate my self what happens now

  6. Out of work at moment, just done my retest for 360 , forward tipping dumper and roller, passed all. Who do I get to sign the section e on renewal form !! Its the blue cpcs I already have !! System is a joke !!,

  7. Had my card since it was cta. Might as well just go npors lol seems easier

  8. I’ve just passed my telescopic handler red card do I need a log book as I know u need it with a blue card

  9. I’ve just passed my telescopic handle do I need a log book as I’ve got a red card I know u need one for a blue card

  10. I’ve passed my renewal test but have nobody to sign my logbook . I have 20 years experience what do I need to do for the application

  11. I’ve had a telehandler licence since 1994, and have twice renewed my blue card. And suddenly, I’m going round in circles because nobody knows where I can book the A17 touch screen test again.
    Who the hell is minding the store? I’ve made over a dozen calls over the last few days and visited the test centre I used twice before. Nobody has joined up this system.
    My ticket expires in November. I’m in Portsmouth. What do I do next?

  12. What’s going on here like?? Total confusion on who’s doing the HSE and who’s doing the modular test. Now can’t make out what’s going on regarding signing log book. Who’s running what? is this just about making money?

  13. Im a lone operator i was registered as a validator so who do i go to all my catagories and hours are signed off by the firms i.ve worked for

  14. It’s a money making racket that should be abolished, absolute crap, been operating 360s for 40 years and now it looks like I have to stop because of this crap system, why don’t they just ask for £50 every 5 years for a new ticket, everyone knows its a joke money making racket

  15. No one is answering any of these questions.
    If you have it on paper that you are a confirmed validator, surely they cant back track and say your not.
    Some one is working on ways to squeeze more money out of this.
    It will become the same as the lorry drivers. Plenty of jobs with no qualified drivers.

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