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What is an NVQ?

NVQ’s are work-based learning qualifications, you are assessed throughout your NVQ with a series of work-related tasks to assess your ability to perform a given role. NVQs are very specific to different trades and occupations, such as the NVQ Level 2 in Plant Operations, which assesses your competency on a specific plant machine, such as a forward tipping dumper, and, because NVQ’s are a lifetime qualification, you’ll save not only time but money too.

Why do I need an NVQ Level 2 in Plant Operations?

This NVQ is designed for plant operators who hold a red CPCS or NPORS card and are looking to upgrade to the blue competency card. Contractors like to see that you have proved your competency on a given machine and this NVQ will provide proof of that for all your future work.

Level 2 NVQ Plant Operations

Why do I need a blue card?

  • With a blue card you’ll never need to take any theory and practical tests again when your red card eventually expires.
  • Simply call CPCS or NPORS to request a new card if you have the required health and safety tests and your minimum of 300 operating hours are logged.
  • For simple instructions on the red to blue card process, see our guide.

What are the benefits of a blue card?

The blue competent operator card can benefit your career in many ways. Not only does it show your employer that you are a more competent operator, but it can lead to a higher salary. As you’ll probably already know, the more qualified you are, the more employers are willing to pay to have your skill set in the company. By having a Blue CSCS Card, it will show that you have experience using the plant machinery on a live construction environment, whereas Red Trained Operator card operators may not have any experience other than the training course. Therefore, it’s always a good idea to begin your NVQ Level 2 in Plant Operations as soon as you feel comfortable operating the machinery.

How do I get the Level 2 NVQ?

You can sign up for an NVQ Level 2 in Plant Operations with SB Skills Solutions today by registering for an induction which is held on a weekly basis. The induction offers guidelines on how to fill in the workbook and any required processes.

Once you have completed your induction, simply organise a few on-site assessments with our assessors who will verify your competency on site.

If you need an extension on your red card, we can organise it once your induction is complete so that you can still operate the machinery whilst on the NVQ.


For further details on our available NVQs,

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