Appointed Person Difference Between CPCS and NPORS

SOLAS Approval for CSCS Crawler & Mobile Crane Assessments
June 23, 2016
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Appointed Person Course Outline:

Two Accredited Options Available (Both UK)
CPCS Appointed Person Course & NPORS Appointed Person CourseAccredited bodies explained:
CPCS -Construction Plant Certification Scheme – Were formally run and funded by CITB – Construction
Industry Training Board which is a UK Government body. CPCS have now been bought by NOCN, a private
body with no experience in construction training.
NPORS – National Plant Operators Registration Scheme – were set up in 1992 as an alternative to
From their website –

‘’Founded in 1992, NPORS was formed to challenge the status quo within the construction industry
and we are as dedicated to the goal of ensuring standards today as the day it all began. NPORS
stands firm on the principles it was founded on; supporting industry, regulated training and
testing, consistent improvement, equal opportunities and transparency about how we work. Since its
beginnings, NPORS has continued to progress to be a trusted and recognised name in the industry,
offering employers a credible training alternative.’’

Duration of course4 Days training 1 Day assessment4 Days training 1 Day assessment
Legislation & Codes CoveredHSAWA 1974 LOLER98. PUWER 98. BS7121 Parts 1,2 & 3HSAWA 1974 LOLER98. PUWER 98. BS7121 Parts 1,2 & 3
Lift Plan PreparationYesYes
Risk Assessment PreparationYesYes
Method Statement PreparationYesYes
Produce Drawings – Plan, Elevation and Rigging Drawings to ScaleYesYes
Theory AssessmentYes – 78 QuestionsYes – 30 Questions
Practical Assessment

Yes – Choice of 8 ScenariosYes – Choice of 8 Scenarios
Practical Assessment to demonstrate the candidates’ competency in supervising a complex lift as is advised by
CPA Guidelines and BS7121
No Yes
Obtain a card without having to do MAPS Health and Safety
Can obtain an NVQ /SVQ qualification in future with
YesYes if MAP H&S test completed
Duration of Card2 Years 3 Years
Recognised in Ireland, UK &
Max Number of Candidates
on Course