The Construction Plant Competence Scheme (CPCS) was created from a need of construction and allied employers requiring recognition of competence for their plant and machinery operators.
The original CTA Scheme itself was adopted by industry as the standard bearer. Its purpose was to provide a safe operating skills and site safety knowledge through training and was a leading player in adopting the Health and Safety Test.
The Industry needed to improve safety, led by initiatives such as Rethinking Construction and Revitalising Health and Safety agendas, meant that a common competence scheme was required. This was bolstered with the formation of organisation such as the Confederation of Construction Clients and the Major Contractors Group who set minimum safety standards and fostered the implementation of a single card scheme for the industry under the umbrella of the Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS).
Industry members of the CTA Scheme Management Committee spent three years devising a competence-based scheme, with widespread consultation with federation, organisation, employers, operators and stakeholders. All supported the need for a simple, robust yet pragmatic system.