Plant Operative of the Year 2021

Plant Operative of the Year 2021

Congratulations to Jim Baraclough of L Lynch Plant Hire & Haulage who won the National Plant Operative of the Year Award at the Construction Plant-hire Association Stars of the Future Awards 2021. ACOP Group were proud to be joint sponsors with L Lynch Plant Hire & Haulage. Stars of the Future, shines a bright light on our sector and gives recognition to some really hard working individuals, and also offers employers the opportunity to showcase some of their brooding talent. As part of the overall prize, ACOP look forward to welcoming Jim Baraclough to attend a CPCS course at our centre in South Wales. We hope that in some small way we can support Jim on his bright path within the construction sector. Read more about some of the other accolades on the CPA website....

Bursaries for new CPCS testers!

NOCN Job Cards are offering £500.00 bursaries per successful candidate attending the CPCS tester course in 2021! Available course dates and conditions can be found on the CPCS website To be eligible to sit the CPCS tester course, you must first complete the following...
Rigid Wheeled Dump Truck training at ACOP!

Rigid Wheeled Dump Truck training at ACOP!

ACOP have recently taken delivery of a Komatsu HD465 (55 tonne) rigid dump truck for training at our CPCS test centre in South Wales! We really hope that this helps serve both construction and quarrying industries within the UK. Historically, it has proven challenging for operators outside the quarrying industry to train on Rigid Dump Trucks, especially as the CPCS A57C (All Sizes) category requires the Rigid Dump Truck to have a payload in excess of 50 tonnes. As you can appreciate there are many constraints on arranging access to such large items of plant machinery. However, after months of planning and years of saving, we are proud to be the first CPCS test centre in the UK to have a Rigid Dump Truck dedicated for training and testing. We will be offering short duration refresher training, experienced operator testing as well as intensive novice training at our South Wales training centre. Please give us a call or drop us an email if you’d like to know more.  ...
Renewing a CPCS tester card (NOCN Jobcards update) January 2021

Renewing a CPCS tester card (NOCN Jobcards update) January 2021

The following is the full requirements required to be completed in order to renew a CPCS Tester Card after the 4th January 2021: Hold a CPCS Full Tester Card Hold valid in date First Aid certificate Hold one of the following Health & Safety Qualifications: NEBOSH Construction Certificate within 5 years NEBOSH Construction Certificate with IOSH Membership (Tech IOSH Level Membership as a minimum) if older than 5years Site Managers Safety Training Scheme (SMSTS) Managing and Co-ordinating Plant (MCP) with Refresher were applicable IOSH Managing Safely (within 5 years) Level 5 or 6 H&S Qualification accompanied with an in date CSCS card stating the following occupation routes: Construction Health and Safety Manager (with Minimum Tech IOSH Membership) Construction Health and Safety Senior Manager (with Minimum Tech IOSH Membership) Demonstrate Practical operating ability for the categories held on the CPCS Tester Card.  – This can be evidenced by either of the following options: Hold a Valid CPCS Competent Operator Card for the categories held on the tester card Undertaken an Advanced Technical Test for a category within the last 5 years. Complete and achieve the Advanced on Site Assessment (AOSA) for all categories held on the CPCS Tester Card. What is the Advanced On Site Assessment (AOSA)? As testers who hold a Valid CPCS Competent Operator card can use this to demonstrate practical operating ability as part of the renewal process, it would be unreasonable to ask those without this card to undertake a more rigorous process to demonstrate operating ability.  Therefore, as the standard On Site Assessment (OSA) can be used to renew the Competent Operator card in lieu...
Advanced CPCS tests with ACOP

Advanced CPCS tests with ACOP

We’ve receive a number of enquiries from new and experienced CPCS testers looking to add categories to their current remit. As a company we are always happy to support testers by offering a CPCS advanced testing service. After all, construction is an industry built around collaboration. At ACOP Group Limited are fortunate to have access to a range of experienced and friendly testers. We also have access to and own a range of quality modern plant equipment. R of E A prerequisite for completing an advanced test (and one which often causes confusion) is the CPCS Record of Experience (R of E). This document must be submitted to the test centre, as it declares the tester’s operating/ lifting experience and confirms their eligibility for taking the advanced test. The hours declared must be authentic, with named contacts and references provided for traceability. Furthermore, the majority of hours must be ‘current’ i.e. achieved within the last 5 years. Monitoring Once verified, the NOCN Job Cards Senior Quality Consultant (monitor) is contacted for further approval and a date set. It is mandatory for the CPCS Advanced test to be invigilated by the NOCN monitor. Further information Occasionally a period of familiarisation may be requested to ensure the new tester is fully conversant with the plant machinery to be used on test and thus enable them to fully prepare. A CITB Managers and Professional test must also be in date (completed within two years). Further information can be found here....