There are certain courses that hold an outstanding leading accreditation that is universally accepted as the requirement for that subject. For example, if you are looking to get trained on Mobile Scaffold Towers, the general consensus is that a PASMA accredited course should be completed.
With Plant Training, things are different. There are many accreditation options to choose from, from in house and ITSSAR, to CPCS and NPORS, and knowing which course is right for you can be a challenge.
What is the cheapest Plant Training option?
The cheapest option is to complete an in-house course.
Will an in-house course get me site access?
In house courses do not come with the authority of an accredited course, so you may not be allowed to operate machinery on some major contractors’ sites.
Which courses will get me access?
CPCS and NPORS are accepted nationwide and will get you or your staff onto any site.
Should I chose NPORS or CPCS?
In the early 2000s, NPORS did not have the same level of gravitas that CPCS did, but since their acceptance as a record scheme by the UKCG (UK Contractors Group) in 2014, NPORS should give you the same level of acceptance.
It’s because CPCS was the market leader for so long, and is universally accepted, that people still choose this accreditation. Although NPORS and CPCS in many ways are very similar, the CPCS courses tend to be slightly more expensive and take longer to complete, but are more in-depth.
NPORS courses can be shorter and sometimes cheaper, and gives you the opportunity to complete the course onsite.
Some people prefer to complete their training on a site they are familiar with, and with machines they are used to using. For others though, getting away from a busy site to the seclusion of a dedicated centre works better.
The truth is, they are both fantastic options, and it comes down to the preference of the company or the member of staff completing the course. If you are still unsure, just email firstname.lastname@example.org or call on 01422 358 184 and speak to one of our trained advisors who will be happy to help.