The Red Trained Operator Card has a validity of 2 years. This card cannot be renewed and you need to obtain the Blue Competent Operator Card by completing the relevant NVQ.

If your card has been expired for more than two years, you can still re-enter the CPCS scheme. You can read below and find which situation you lie in. Also, please contact us in the case of further questions.

  1. My card has expired but has not crossed the grace period of 12 months

Red card offers a 12-month grace period, during which you can upgrade to a year from the original expiry date. However, it needs to be your first card. You need to register for the relevant NVQ. After registration, you can apply to CPCS for a year’s extension which will cover you during the completion of your NVQ. You can navigate to the ‘NVQ’ section above for more details.

  1. My card has expired and crossed the grace period but I have plenty of experience

The only way to re-enter CPCS scheme after you have crossed the grace period is:

  • Complete the Cskills HSE Test
  • Complete the CPCS Technical Test theory and practical in your relevant category
  • Complete the NVQ in the relevant category
  1. My card has expired and crossed the grace period and I do not have experience since I haven’t been active

The only way to re-enter the CPCS scheme in this scenario is as follows:

  • Complete the Cskills HSE Test
  • Complete the CPCS Technical Test theory and practical in your relevant category
  • Complete the NVQ registration in the relevant category

If you have been out of the field for a while, the best way to enter would be to start the training and testing from the beginning. You can navigate to the ‘Courses’ section above to view the CPCS categories we offer.

If you undertake training with us, we would register you for the NVQ. You will then obtain the Red Trained Operator Card which has a validity of 2 years. After gaining enough experience, you can complete the NVQ. Please note that the maximum period of registration with us is 1 year.

If you need further guidance, please do not hesitate to contact us.