CSCS card: what’s the right one for you?

Are you looking to get a CSCS card? Look no further than ACOP Group for 2017, 2018 and beyond. Since we received our award for centre of the year* for 2016 we have seen a massive uptake in NVQ candidates. We have also expanded our team in taking on a new assessor Nigel Williams who has a strong background in external verification and quality assurance. We warmly welcome your questions about any aspect of NVQ assessment or applying for a CSCS card. Just ask! You can comment below or send us a message through our contact form. * SQA Centre of the Year in the Wider UK & Ireland to be precise....
ROTO hire enquiry? Or other plant machinery? ACOP Group’s fleet expands

ROTO hire enquiry? Or other plant machinery? ACOP Group’s fleet expands

Merlo ROTO hire ROTO hire is available from ACOP Group, including two additional machines on offer, newly added to the hire fleet: Merlo ROTO 40.25 MCSS Merlo ROTO 40.26 MCSS (see picture) The 40.26 MCSS has the following feature spec: Maximum load capacity 4000 kg Maximum lift height 26 metres Continuous turret rotation achieved through a Merlo electrohydraulic central rotary coupling The cab can be tilted by up to 18 degrees to offer an unequalled view at maximum height Cab steel frame complying with the international ISO 3449 Level II FOPS (Falling Object Protective Structure) standard Pneumatic suspension seat Electronic joystick controls Steering wheel tilt adjustable by up to 16 degrees Merlin system (Merlo Local Interactive Network) providing a completely new way to automatically manage all the operating parameters and safety functions MCSS system (Merlin Continuous Slew Safety) adjusting automatically the load diagram to suit the stabiliser position chosen by the operator Stabilizers with independent extension and jacking Hydropneumatic suspension ensuring maximum driving comfort and stability when operating on tyres, by levelling the machine Iveco turbo intercooler 6 cylinder engine, delivering 107 kW (145 HP) Hydrostatic transmission utilising variable displacement motor and pump Load-sensing hydraulic pump Maximum speed 40 kph Other machines As well as ROTO hire you can hire a wide range of plant machinery from ACOP Group including: Telehandlers (including 360 slew) Excavators (wheeled and tracked) Forward tipping dumpers Rear tipping dumptrucks Locations If you are working in or near one of the following locations we are happy to serve you: south Wales (Swansea, Cardiff, Pembrokeshire, Carmarthenshire, …) south west England (Bristol, Gloucester, Somerset, Devon, …) Cornwall Birmingham...
Excavator training: want to develop your earth moving skills?

Excavator training: want to develop your earth moving skills?

Excavator training… are you looking for a course? ACOP Group have a series of excavator courses and you will find one tailored to your ability coming in 2017 and beyond. We have three different types of course for you to choose from: 10-day courses if you are a complete beginner 5-day courses for you are semi-experienced and/or an ‘improver’ 1-day theory revision and a test if you’re an experienced operator looking to gain the CPCS qualification Our full list of courses is...
ACOP are SQA Star Awards Winners!

ACOP are SQA Star Awards Winners!

We proudly announce that we have won the award for the SQA Centre of the Year in the Wider UK & Ireland. We are truly delighted with the award, which is the result of a lot of hard work: conscientious candidates, dedicated assessors, quality assurance and administrative support. The SQA Star Awards are unique, recognising both the individuals who work towards, and the organisations that deliver SQA qualifications; rewarding those that have demonstrated an outstanding commitment to learning. We would like to say a heartfelt thanks to all who have contributed, and look ahead to the New Year when we hope to develop further in helping new learners achieve their vocational...

Suspended loads telehandler training – ACOP meets high demand

We have seen a surge in tests for the new CPCS A17E (suspended loads) category. This category is for existing telehandler card holders that work with hook attachments and travel with suspended loads. The CPCS technical test involves a shortened theory test. You can find the questions here (Word doc). The questions relating to the lift chart are now a mandatory section. There is also a practical test which involves lifting a variety of loads with a hook attachment and working alongside a slinger/ signaller. Other training categories are available, including questions. If you would like some more information on training or to book a test, please get in...
Merlo ROTO 60.24 MCSS for hire from 2016 / 2017

Merlo ROTO 60.24 MCSS for hire from 2016 / 2017

ACOP are currently taking hire requests for our new Merlo ROTO 60.24 360 telehandler which joins our existing hire fleet of Merlos. The key specs on this Merlo monster are: Maximum load capacity 6000 kg Maximum lift height 23.9 metres Continuous turret rotation achieved through a Merlo electrohydraulic central rotary coupling The cab can be tilted by up to 18 degrees to offer an unequalled view at maximum height Cab steel frame complying with the international ISO 3449 Level II FOPS (Falling Object Protective Structure) standard Pneumatic suspension seat Electronic joystick controls Steering wheel tilt adjustable by up to 16 degrees Merlin system (Merlo Local Interactive Network) providing a completely new way to automatically manage all the operating parameters and safety functions MCSS system (Merlin Continuous Slew Safety) adjusting automatically the load diagram to suit the stabiliser position chosen by the operator Stabilizers with independent extension and jacking Hydropneumatic suspension ensuring maximum driving comfort and stability when operating on tyres, by levelling the machine Iveco turbo intercooler 6 cylinder engine, delivering 129 kW (175 HP) Hydrostatic transmission utilising variable displacement motor and pump Load-sensing hydraulic pump Maximum speed 40 kph Here are the other specs and technical data (PDF). This machine comes with a remote control as standard, and a variety of attachments to choose from including lifting hooks, winch, and platforms. Other machines Alternatively if you’re looking to hire something else check out our current stock of machines (smaller telehanders, 360 excavator, dumptruck, or dozer). All machines come with the highest level of service, maintenance and support you’d expect from ACOP, the friendliest plant hire firm you might ever use. Contact ACOP If you have any questions about machine hire pick up...
Telescopic handler – suspended/ underslung loads under CPCS

Telescopic handler – suspended/ underslung loads under CPCS

CPCS are scheduled to release a new category in 2016 to cover the lifting and transport (pick & carry) of suspended loads with telehandlers using hook attachments. This has been an eagerly awaited endorsement owing to the confusion over using telehandlers with suspended loads on a number of sites. The Strategic Forum – Plant safety Group published a document outlining good practice when lifting and travelling with suspended loads using telehandlers. SFPSG-Guidance-Lifting-Suspended-Loads-with-Telehandlers-2014-05-16 Existing CPCS telescopic handler card holders will need to sit a theory and practical test to gain the A17E endorsement on their cards. We anticipate a high uptake for this test, if you’d like too register your interest and be with the first to gain this endorsement in January 2016, please get in...