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NVQ: Level 2 – Plant Operations

SB Skills Solutions offer the Level 2 Plant Operations NVQ for anyone wishing to hold a blue CPCS Competence Card.

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Level 2 NVQ Plant Operations

SB Skills Solutions offer the Level 2 Plant Operations NVQ for anyone wishing to hold a blue CPCS Competence Card.

The Level 2 NVQ Plant Operations is aimed at construction operators who work in with different types of Plant in the construction industry.

This qualification provides proof to industry managers and other employers that you have the necessary skills, knowledge and competence to meet nationally recognised standards to work as a Plant Operator within the construction industry.

It is also an essential confirmation of your skills and knowledge when you apply to various schemes such as CPCS and NPORS for a Blue Competent Operator card that will enable you to work on construction sites.

What is the NVQ Level 2 Plant Operations?

The NVQ Level 2 Plant Operations is a flexible work-based qualification designed to recognise the skills and competence of those already working in the construction industry as plant operators.

The qualification comprises two key mandatory units and a choice of optional units, allowing applicants to specialise in the areas most relevant to their role.

Mandatory units cover general health, safety, and welfare in the workplace, and conforming to productive working practices.

Applicants must take all the mandatory units and select the optional unit most relevant to the work they carry out in their role.

What Options Does the Plant Operations NVQ Include?

Candidates on the Level 2 NVQ Plant Operations (Construction) have the option to specialise in operating various plant equipment and machines.

These optional units include:

  • Compacting plant – operating ride-on roller and landfill and soil compactors
  • Transporting loads – operating forward tipping dumpers and rear tipping dumpers
  • Excavating – operating 180° and 360° excavators, crawler tractor dozers and crawler cranes.

Who Should Enrol on Level 2 NVQ Plant Operations?

The mandatory entry requirements for this course are a good understanding of written and spoken English.

This course is suitable for candidates who operate plant machinery in the workplace and for anyone looking to demonstrate occupational competence in operating plant.

The candidates must be aged 16 or over and are employed or seeking employment as Plant Operator.

Operators who are looking to obtain their Blue Competent Operator Card can enrol for the Plant Operations NVQ. An NVQ in Plant Operations is required for red CPCS or NPORS-CSCS trained operator cardholders in order to upgrade to the Blue Competent Operator Card.

Course Objectives

The main purpose of the course is to demonstrate the occupational competence of the candidate as a plant operator.

This should enable them to gain employment, progress in the industry, or work towards another qualification.

This qualification supports the learner to attain enabling, fundamental and transferable practical skills with associated underpinning knowledge.

The candidate will learn key practical skills and knowledge in the following mandatory units:

  • Conforming to General Health, Safety and Welfare in the Workplace
  • Conforming to Productive Working Practices in the Workplace.

The candidate will learn key practical skills and knowledge to operate plant in the Workplace in the following optional units:

On completion of the Level 2 NVQ Plant Operations, the candidate will be able to demonstrate proof of competency to employers, managers and card schemes, with skills of a nationally-recognised standard.

Course Duration

Candidates will be required to complete two mandatory units and a minimum of one optional unit to show that they are competent enough for the qualification. There is no maximum time limit to gain the NVQ qualification, candidates can take up to six to twelve month to complete.

CPCS Recognition

The Construction Plant Competence Scheme (CPCS) recognises the Level 2 Plant NVQ.

Those wanting to complete the NVQ may have a red CPCS Trained Operator card and require a Plant Operations NVQ to upgrade to the blue CPCS Competence card

How is the NVQ Level 2 Plant Operations assessed?

The qualification is assessed solely on the portfolio of evidence submitted.

At the beginning of the qualification, you will be assigned your own occupationally competent assessor who will help to guide you through the qualification, answering any questions you may have along the way and helping you to gather evidence when required.

Most of your communications with your assessor will be done via telephone or email, but they may also visit you at work once or twice to help with gathering evidence.

A lot of the evidence you collate for your portfolio is likely to be paper evidence, but you may also submit multimedia files including video footage or audio files. Paperwork evidence is often comprised of question and answer sheets, written records of conversations, and witness testimonials.

Once you and your assessor are satisfied that your portfolio is complete it will be submitted internally. You will then either be pronounced ‘competent’ and awarded the qualification or ‘not yet competent’.

What will you gain from this qualification?

Completion of the NVQ Level 2 Plant Operations provides individuals with formal recognition of their knowledge and competence in plant operations.

Having this qualification in your name can help you to progress in your career, apply for your Blue competent operator CPCS card, and improve your employability, giving you an advantage over other job applicants.

Once you have completed the level 2 qualification, you may even feel inspired to go on to complete another NVQ at a higher level.

If you wish to make a booking or if you have any queries about the course, please contact our sales team now on 01695 558420 or at

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