CPCS wheeled excavator training and testing.

CPCS wheeled excavator training and testing.

We have a few exciting offers on wheeled excavator tests and courses here at ACOP on our new JCB Hydradig! If you have the A59A CPCS tracked excavator ticket and have always fancied the A59B ‘rubber duck’ category, then we have a number of options to suit your needs: Half day test only (30 mins familiarisation and CPCS test)One day refresher (half day training and CPCS test in the afternoon)Two or three day courses for intensive training followed by a practical test. Lifting ops is included with every A59B test – for no additional cost (if requested). Please get in touch to discuss your individual requirements on 01269...
Crawler crane training at ACOP!

Crawler crane training at ACOP!

We are excited to announce that ACOP are now the proud owners of a 30 ton Sennebogen Telescopic Crawler Crane! Owing to a high demand for our training in the construction lifting sector, it seemed the natural step for us to purchase a Crawler Crane. It will be featuring in a number of our upcoming training courses. We are looking to offer 3 different levels of courses for 2019: 10 day novice course (to include CPCS slinger/ signaller)5 day course (for experienced plant ops and lift supervisors)1 or 2 day refresher (for experienced crawler crane operators) Please get in touch to enquire about any of the courses on offer so we can help determine the best route for...
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...
Merlo 360 telehandlers available for hire now: Wales/England

Merlo 360 telehandlers available for hire now: Wales/England

From today a number of Merlo slew/roto telehandlers are available for you to hire from ACOP Group. Check out the details. We provide you with both operated and self-drive hire and are CPA registered. We can also train your operators via our CPCS (construction plant competence scheme) test centre. You can also hire other machines and attachments from us. ACOP Group’s hire division is going from strength to strength, with many satisfied...
CPA publication on forward tipping dumpers

CPA publication on forward tipping dumpers

Here’s a publication on staying safe when operating forward tipping dumpers. It’s an essential read for any new or experienced dumper operator for some useful guidance on how to stay safe. CPA Operational Safety Guidance: Staying safe when operating forward tipping dumpers It includes the following sections: Pre-work knowledge Preparation Travelling and manoeuvring Being loaded Transporting a load Discharging a load On completion of work Preparing to and completing work Working safely and with others Operating requirements Stability and overturning Planning and supervision Dumper selection Informing others During use and after use Thanks to CPA for their work in producing this highly useful...
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...