Health and safety with ACOP

Health and safety with ACOP

Check out these health and safety training schemes and tests that ACOP offer you. We are always happy to help you give certainty to employers, and progress in your career. SSSTS and SMSTS: Site safety training schemes with ACOP CITB Health, safety & environment...
CITB announces potential new owner of CPCS

CITB announces potential new owner of CPCS

Here’s some news from the CPA: The CITB have publically announced that it is divesting their Construction Plant Competence Scheme (CPCS) card scheme for plant operators to an external organisation as part of its Vision 2020 reform programme. CITB have confirmed that the NOCN Group has been selected as the preferred bidder. NOCN are an awarding organisation that offers a range of qualifications and were also the buyer for CITB’s own recently divested awarding organisation; CSkills Awards. If the sale is successful, NOCN will create an independent subsidiary as part of their overall approach to the purchase and delivery of CPCS. The process now moves to a stage of due diligence and negotiations between CITB and NOCN. At present, CITB will remain the card scheme provider and CPCS will continue to operate as normal. The CITB statement on the proposal can be found here. As a majority stakeholder in CPCS through Management Committee membership, the CPA Council are reviewing both the potential impacts that could occur through the sale of CPCS to a commercially-led organisation, and how card schemes function now and in the future for industry. CPA was a founder member of the predecessor scheme, CTA back in 1986 and since that time has ensured through the industry-led Management Committee that the policy and management of CPCS, and the associated training and testing standards, are fit-for-purpose for the sector. We believe that this is the time to review all plant operator card schemes to ensure that they benefit Member’s and the sector’s interests for the future. To support this process, we’re seeking Member’s views about how card schemes...
Your CPCS ticket… Get your construction training while it’s hot!

Your CPCS ticket… Get your construction training while it’s hot!

Wow… we are going to be talking about the hot summer of 2018 for decades to come! If you want to further your career in the construction industry, why not make it a memorable July and look into one of ACOP Group’s upcoming courses. We regularly liaise with the industry on the most in-demand skills. Our training provision reflects this. Some of the hottest courses we offer include: slinger signaller 360 telehandler appointed person 360 excavator telehandler suspended loads Head to the Courses section for a full and up-to-date list....
CITB training model to streamline training, traceability and grant claims.

CITB training model to streamline training, traceability and grant claims.

There’s a new CITB training directory, which has been set up for some of the following reasons; Traceability – an online database which allows employers/ individuals to search records to check current skills and manage their training needs. This should also minimise duplication where a learner may have previously received training and have no proof of which. Claims – On successful completion of a course, a CITB Approved Training Organisation (ATO) will confirm the learner’s achievement, upload the details onto the Construction Training Register, triggering the automated grant process for levy registered employers. Thus massively simplifying the claims process. Training – CITB Approved Training Organisations (ATOs) will have the opportunity to advertise training courses enabling employers/ individuals to find the right course at a time and location suitable for them.   More information can be found...
Update on NPORS qualifications from ACOP

Update on NPORS qualifications from ACOP

If you would like an NPORS qualification you can now get it through ACOP. We offer these qualifications as an alternative to CPCS if preferred. Please see our NPORS page for further information. Our CPCS provision remains popular with trainees and employers, and is unaffected… So don’t...
Demystifying the CPCS A77 category (Telescopic Handler 360 slew)

Demystifying the CPCS A77 category (Telescopic Handler 360 slew)

From 28th March 2018 onwards the CPCS A17D category (telescopic handler including 360 slew) is being retired from the scheme. In it’s place will be the A77 category (Telescopic handler 360 slew), the new standard includes working tasks around hoist rope/ winch use which are not currently within the standard for A17D. The A77 category has also been further enhanced to cover travelling with suspended loads, and therefore will not require a separate (A17E) endorsement under this category. How will this affect me? -existing cardholders with the A17D category will need to complete a transitional (A89) CPCS assessment to retain the 360 slew category. The assessment primarily involves a series of lift chart related theory questions, followed by a practical assessment on the winch attachment. What does the A77 test involve? New entrants sitting the A77 test will have a theory test that incorporates some 101 questions. The theory test, which is CPCS’ largest to date, combines the majority of questions from the A17 Telescopic handler and A17e Suspended load test. The practical test also incorporates the standard telescopic handler and suspended load test, with the addition of a number of hoist rope activities. What are CPCS’ reasons for making these changes? A review was undertaken due to the nature in which the slew types have evolved since the Telescopic Handler category was first introduced many years ago, which were then predominately only used for fork use, but are now increasingly being used as ‘a crane’ with a drum hoist and rope. Booking a test ACOP Group are one of the few CPCS test centres able to deliver this...