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    There have been many changes and updates within the construction industry over the past 12 months, with many more changes on the way. From the new CPCS A77 category to the new LEVY rates and CITB ATO Status, please take a look at our news page and see if any of the changes affect you or your company.

    Please also feel free to sign up to our news letter or contact a member of the team to discuss any issues you may have - 01189 700200

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    NVQ Information

    When it comes to NVQ's, CITP Ltd hold direct claims status which means we can achieve your NVQ without waiting for the awarding body to sign this off. This means the wait for your card is reduced considerably from that of a company without DCS (Direct Claims Status). We also guarantee to beat any like for like quote, providing you are able to supply any other quote on request.


    *These offers exclude any funded NVQ's.

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    Did You Know We Offer Evening & Weekend Courses and Courses in Romanian, Hungarian, German and Polish?....

    We understand people's workload may deter them from wanting to, or being in a position to sit some of our training courses. With this in mind, we are offering selected classroom based courses during the evenings and weekends.


    We also offer selected courses in the above languages, which is extremely rare. Please contact us for more information on these matters - 01189 700200.

Latest News

CITB statement on CPCS scheme

As part of the Vision 2020 programme of reform, CITB is divesting its cards schemes to other suitable providers, including the CPCS scheme.

CITB is pleased to share that NOCN has been selected as preferred bidder for the CPCS scheme. 

If the sale progresses successfully, NOCN are proposing the creation of an independent subsidiary as part of their overall approach to the purchase and delivery of the CPCS scheme. The process now moves into a stage of due diligence and negotiations between CITB and NOCN.

CITB employees affected by these changes will be kept updated on what this means for them.

CITB remains the CPCS card scheme provider and the CPCS scheme will continue to operate as normal. 


New Grants Scheme from 1 April 2018............

From 1 April 2018, our Grants Scheme will be changing what it supports, simplifying its processes, and over time provide greater support to help industry deal with skills gaps and shortages.

The types of grants available are listed below.

Advanced Craft Certificate grant (only available to Scottish employers)

Grants are paid for learners' attendance and achievement a course that leads to the Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA) Advanced Craft Certificate in a subject related to construction. 

Find out more about the Advanced Craft Certificate grant

Apprenticeship grants

You can claim grants for individuals on approved apprenticeships at Levels 2 and 3, and higher apprenticeships in England and Wales.

You can claim grants for individuals on approved apprenticeships at SCQF Levels 5, 6, 7 & above in Scotland.

Find out more about the Apprenticeship grants.

Construction work experience grants

Grants are paid for the planned work experience that is an essential part of a construction-related degree.

Find out more about the Construction work experience grants

More than 1-year qualifications: Long-period qualification grants

Grants are paid for attending and achieving approved, higher level qualifications (lasting over 1 year) that are focused on core construction skills needed across the industry. These  include: HNCs and HNDs, degrees and post-graduate qualifications.

Find out more about Long-period qualification grants

One-year or less qualifications: Short-period qualification grants

Grants are paid for the achievement of approved short-period qualifications (lasting 1 year or less) that are focused on the core construction skills needed across the industry. These include NVQ and SVQ Levels 2 and above, as well as several other qualifications.

Find out more about Short-period qualification grants

Plant training grants

Grants are paid for the achievement of CITB approved plant training courses and qualifications. These include: specific plant-related VQ units as well as theory and practical testing.

Find out more about Plant training grants

Short duration course achievement grants

Grants are paid for the achievement of approved short duration courses that last from 3 hours to 29 days.

Find out more about Short duration course achievement grants

Specialist Applied-skills Programme (SAP) grant

Grants are paid for specialist applied-skills programmes (18-month courses comprising a number of related modules) that lead to a Level 2 or 3 National or Scottish Vocational Qualification (NVQ or SVQ).  

Find out more about the Specialist Applied-skills Programme (SAP) grant

Have you signed up for CITB grants online?

You can now see the grants you have received by signing up to CITB online.


NEW CPCS A77 Telehandler Slew, replacing the A17D Telehandler Slew.............

From 28th March 2018 onwards the CPCS A17D category (telescopic handler including 360 slew) is being retired from the scheme. In it’s place will be the A77 category (Telescopic handler 360 slew), the new standard includes working tasks around hoist rope/ winch use which are not currently within the standard for A17D. The A77 category has also been further enhanced to cover travelling with suspended loads, and therefore will not require a separate (A17E) endorsement under this category.

How will this affect me?

-existing cardholders with the A17D category will need to complete a transitional (A89) CPCS assessment to retain the 360 slew category. The assessment primarily involves a series of lift chart related theory questions, followed by a practical assessment on the winch attachment.

What does the A77 test involve?

New entrants sitting the A77 test will have a theory test that incorporates some 101 questions. The theory test, which is CPCS’ largest to date, combines the majority of questions from the A17 Telescopic handler and A17E Suspended load test.

The practical test also incorporates the standard telescopic handler and suspended load test, with the addition of a number of hoist rope activities.

What are CPCS’ reasons for making these changes?

A review was undertaken due to the nature in which the slew types have evolved since the Telescopic Handler category was first introduced many years ago, which were then predominately only used for fork use, but are now increasingly being used as ‘a crane’ with a drum hoist and rope.

Booking a test

CITP Ltd are one of the few CPCS test centres able to deliver this category. If you would like more information or would like to book a course please contact us now - 01189 700200.


We Welcome New Employee's.........

We are pleased to announce that we have acquired the services of five extra employee's, who all bring a wide variety of experience, knowledge and professionalism to the business.

We have added four employee's to our sales team. First of all we welcome Peter White, who will take up  our sales manager role. Pete has 17 years experience within sales and most notably has a vast amount of experience within the construction industry.

Pete will be joined by Amanda Cox, Ranato Barbizan and Lee Ryan. All of which have credible experience within the construction industry, along with account management experience within the sales industry.

Lastly we have added Warren Farquhar to our training team. Warren is able to teach mobile crane, slinger / signaller, lift supervisor and more. Warren has worked in the construction Industry for over 20 years, most recently as a mobile crane operator. With Warren joining the team it means we are able to offer better standards, in addition to extra courses. We have purchased our own mobile crane, which will enable us to offer mobile crane and crane related courses on a regular basis. All new employee's went through an extensive interview process and all showed good communication skills, knowledge and expressed their professionalism in a very positive manner. 

Welcome all, we look forward to working with you.

From all @ CITP Ltd


We are really pleased to announce that CITP has been given Approved Training Organisation Status (ATO) status by the CITB.

What does this mean?

This means that you can be confident that you are getting the best training possible from our expert trainers, whilst here at the centre. The CITB is changing the way it supports training for the construction industry. They are creating a list of training standards which come into effect from April. In doing this all training providers must now gain CITB Approved Training Organisation (ATO) status.

What is a CITB Approved Training Organisation – ATO?

ATO stands for Approved Training Organisation.

CITB have established ATO status to ensure trainers are delivering construction training courses and qualifications to a defined and industry-agreed standard. Informing consumers that the training provider is authorised to give training and is compliant with the CITB standard.

The CITB is launching new services for both training bodies and employers. These services will provide a single place for employers to:

  • Find industry approved training.
  • Search for their employee’s training achievements.
  • Receive automated grant payments to employers.

We are working closely with the CITB to ensure our training is to the highest standard. All of this combined assists businesses and employees to get the most from their training and helps track individual’s training qualifications.


CITP Ltd Open New Head Offices and New Training Centre

We are please to announce the opening of our new H/O, based on the outskirts of Basingstoke, junction 6 of the M3. We have outgrown our old H/O, therefore felt this change was imperative in the drive to become one of the UK's most recognised training providers. In addition to our new Head Office, we have opened a Confined Space and NRSWA training centre. More information will be issued in due course. Please feel free to contact us to discuss anything, should you require.

























WE ARE NOW NRSWA & C&G Confined Space Accredited!

CITP Ltd have now been accredited for the full  suite of NRSWA training courses. Courses will run monthly at all of our accredited training centres. Our new course list for both sets of courses will go live by the end of  March. For more info,please call a member of our team - 01189 7000200 or visit our scheduled courses page

----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------CSCS Withdraw CRO card from cheme........................

From the 31st of March 2017 the CSCS will stop issuing the cards and any cards that were issued since the 1st October 2015 will expire on the 30th September 2017.

The Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS) have withdrawn the CRO card, meaning holders may need to register for an existing or newly developed qualification, or they may even be asked to move on to one of CSCS’ Partner Card Schemes depending on their occupation. CSCS have introduced a card finder that allows you to put in your occupation to find the right steps to take. Not replacing your card will ultimately mean you won’t be able to get another CSCS card. For more information visit our CSCS page or contact us on 01189 700 200



With effect from January 19th 2015 this category has  been amended to add endorsements against a range of lifting equipment types to cover the increased use of slingers for a wider variety of lifting operations.

The endorsements are:

A – All Types – all duties

B – All Types – static duties

C – Knuckle boom static only

D – Excavator only

E – Lift truck only

The number of learning outcomes have increased and these include key requirements for marshalling of plant, controlling loads during pick-and-carry duties and knowledge of when additional skills for particular lifting operations are required.

CITP Ltd can offer training and testing on endorsements A and B with 2, 3 and 4 days courses dependant on candidates previous experience.

Existing Card Holders

Those holding the non-endorsed category of A40 will automatically be awarded A40B – All types – Static Duties. 

Cardholders seeking A40A – All types – All duties will need to undertake pick-and carry-specific theory questions (A95). The test consists of 25 questions with a test duration allowed of 20 minutes.

For a fully inclusive fee of £150 + VAT per person, CITP Ltd are providing training and testing to existing A40 cardholders wishing to upgrade to endorsement A40A.


NEW Temporary Works General Awareness Training course

Launch Date - 29 June 2015

This has been developed in conjunction with the Temporary Works Forum, CECA, UKCG and other industry representatives. This has been designed to provide training for those involved in the temporary works process but who are not undertaking the role of Temporary Works Co-ordinator or Supervisor as defined in BS5975. The course assumes limited or no detailed previous knowledge of temporary works.


The Temporary Works General Awareness Training course will:

  • Raise awareness and impart knowledge of what constitutes temporary works, how temporary works is used, common temporary works issues and the temporary works management process 
  • Raise awareness of the roles and responsibilities involved in the temporary works process
  • Set standards that could be applied across industry, and accepted with confidence
  • Allow a transferable knowledge base between employers, thus avoiding unnecessary supplementary training.

NEW Tunnelling Safety Training Scheme

Coming Soon...

All parties who currently run tunnelling safety training and testing have agreed to create and adopt one, industry agreed solution to safe underground working. This one day course will be called the Tunnelling Safety Training Scheme (TSTS). 


Once launched the TSTS certificate will replace the existing three options:

  • CITB HS&E specialist tunnelling test
  • Tunnel Safety Card (TSC)
  • Underground Safety Passport (USP).

This is an industry led solution being supported by CITB, TunnelSkills and the British Tunnelling Society (BTS).  From concept through to delivery, contractors, clients and providers have been consulted, often with direct input into development.


The course has been designed for anyone working in a tunnel under construction. All issued cards (under current routes) remain valid until they expire*. When an existing card expires, the individual must do the new training and pass the new test. 


Grant Product Update 63 – Grants Scheme changes

As a result of the change in Legislation (Levy Simplification), employers will be including payments made to NET CIS sub-contractors between 6 April 2015 and 5th April 2016 on their 2016 Levy Return. Therefore:

•         from 6 April 2015, employers will be able to claim grants for training undertaken/achievements issued for both labour-only sub-contractors and NET CIS sub-contractors for the period 6th April 2015 to 31st July 2015

•         from the 1st August 2015 employers will be able to claim for training carried out/achievements issued for NET CIS sub-contractors and PAYE employees only.

This also means that if an employer has a 2014/2015 Training Plan which carries on after the 1st August 2015, they will only be able to claim for NET CIS sub-contractors and PAYE employees for training completed from the 1st August 2015. This means that in all cases employers will need to put the date of training on their claims. We will not be updating Training Plan templates until the 1st August 2015.

Further to this, the CITB Grant Funding Administration Group (GFAG) has today approved that the grant day rate for training will remain at the boosted rate of £50 during the 2015/2016 Grants Scheme. To maintain this however, and to be able to re-direct more money into skills shortage areas which will be identified through our evidence led research, as well as being redirected into upskilling the industry, the Supplementary Payment bonus of 12% will be removed as scheduled, returning the rate to 10% on 1 August 2015. CITB will reinvest all the money that is saved by taking this measure.

These changes to the Grants Scheme are to bring it in line with the change in Legislation (Levy Simplification) and to keep the Grant Scheme stable whilst we undertake our investment funding review.  The investment funding review will ensure that we invest in the skills and training that will address skills gaps and help industry meet the demands of the future.

A communication, in the form of a postcard highlighting these changes, will be sent to all employers within the next two weeks.

If you have any questions regarding this email please feel free to contact the Levy & Grant team.


IMPORTANT Changes to various CPCS categories - January 2015

New / Amended Categories

We are pleased to announce that the following new categories and amendments to existing categories are now being incorporated within the Scheme and will be available from Monday 12th January 2015:

  • A64: Overhead Travelling Crane*
  • A75: Conveying Pump*
  • A61: Appointed Person*
  • D90F: Demolition Plant Lifting Operations
  • A74: Piling Rig Attendant
  • A40: Slinger/Signaller

The learning outcomes, syllabus, Technical Test criteria and questions will be available on the website and a new format of the Questions and Answers will be available through CPCS-ON during January 2015.

The appendices of this update detail testing processes, notification requirements, system codes and award details (if applicable). Further information is provided relating to concessions, test centre and tester approvals.

*Note: There are no appendices for these categories as there are no new or additional concessions and delivery methods follow normal criteria. Please refer to the relevant CPCS documentation for information about on/off centre status, test timings, record of category experience hours, maximum charges and grant values.

A64: Overhead Travelling Cranes

This category was requested as these types of machine are becoming prolific, particularly within the tunnelling sector. A CPCS industry-led working group was formed in 2013 to develop the standards for this category. Members agreed that there would be two endorsements for this category being:

  • Fixed cab Control - operated from a platform or cab at height (fixed to the bridge or trolley)
  • Remote Operated Control - operated at ground level by the operator with either a pendant control or radio-controlled remote.

To enable learning, twenty two learning outcomes were devised with emphasis being placed on areas which were viewed to be safety critical and includes; tidiness of the work area/good housekeeping to prevent slips, trips and falls; access and egress factors within the working area; footprint of the working area and load swings. Lifting of persons and below ground level load lifting placing are included to cater for the tunnelling sector.

The practical test specification requires the crane to be suitable for the relevant endorsement, with non-cabbed versions needing to be equipped with both a pendant control and radio control unit with the crane having a minimum working area to allow the lifting, travelling and placing of loads, and a minimum lifting capacity. This category will be off centre meaning that testing can be undertaken at any site and it is envisaged that this category will be available on 12 January 2015.

A75: Conveying Pump

A specialist category used in support of screeding operations and designed to pump dry-mix materials. Two machine types are included as endorsements:

  • Pneumatic
  • Worm/piston

Trials of the test have now been completed with testers in a position to deliver advanced tests for experienced testers having 160 number of hours experience. The working group are not providing concession with experience with other categories. The category will be launched on 12 January 2015.

A61: Appointed Person

Originally developed by CPA members and launched in 2006, the CPCS Appointed Person category was reviewed by an industry-led working group during 2014 following feedback that suggesting that it was too biased towards mobile cranes. On review, the methodology of the assessment process, both practical and theoretical were deemed to be suitable for which no significant changes have been made. The main changes and additions to the learning outcomes include:

  • Amending references from crane to lifting equipment to reinforce that the category encompasses all types
  • An understanding of temporary works requirements
  • Increased focus on out-of-service procedures
  • Effects of and requirements for fatigue management
  • Use of a range of duties/lift capacity charts for a range of lifting equipment.

The practical planning task maintains the use of a mobile crane which encompasses the full range of planning skills required. The guidance time of the theory test is increased to 1 hour and 15 minutes, whilst the practical test time remains unchanged. The revised category is planned to be released on 12 January 2015. Updated practical planning scenarios have been designed and supplement the existing ones which may continue to be used until further notice.

D90F: Demolition Plant – Lifting Operations

At the request of the demolition sector, this category has now been enhanced and lifting operations is offered as an endorsement.  The test specification has been modularised to allow both the integration of the endorsement within the main test, and as a stand-alone option for current cardholders. Appendix A outlines the notification details and transfer arrangements.

A74: Piling Rig Attendant

At the request of the piling sector, a category has been devised for those who provide direct support to the formation of piles and work closely with the rig operator. A concessionary route has been provided for experienced rig attendants and outlined in Appendix B.

A40: Slinger/Signaller

Following a request by employers, the category is being amended to add endorsements against a range of lifting equipment types to cover the increased use of slingers for a wider variety of lifting operations. The range includes:

  • A40A - All Types – all duties
  • A40B - All Types – Static duties
  • A40C - Knuckle boom static only
  • A40D – Excavator only
  • A40E - Lift truck only

As a result of the additional endorsements, the number of learning outcomes has increased and these include key requirements for marshalling of plant, controlling loads during pick-and-carry duties and knowledge of when additional skills for particular lifting operations are required. Similarly theory test questions have been increased to reflect the additions to the new safety critical outcomes. The practical test specification states the minimum sized or type of lifting equipment that must be selected for the test, for example the lift truck endorsement requires a telescopic handler. Transfer arrangements for existing cardholders are identified within Appendix C.

A17E: Telescopic Handler – Suspended Loads Non-rough Terrain

The development work for this category is now complete, following escalation of the issues of suspended load handling to the Strategic Forum Plant Safety Group. Following their dialogue with the manufacturers, we are only able to offer an endorsement where it is clear that skills for load handling are limited to even, level terrain. Once the manufacturers can supply sufficient data on the travelling on inclines with a suspended load, our working group will consider additional endorsements.

Due to the strict criteria of only having attachments for suspended loads that have been approved by the manufacturer, we are unsure of the number of compliant machines that are available to test centres. Until that is quantified, we will not be release the endorsement. However we shall commence advanced testing for testers holding the telescopic handler category and wishing to add the endorsement to their tester card from January 2015. Due to the safety critical nature of the activity, the working group are not providing concessions if other categories are held.

Demolition Plant Machine -Type Clarification

Within the test specification for the category of D90 – Demolition Plant, the machine selected for the test needs to be a 360 excavator adapted for demolition activities. The National Demolition Training Group have on request confirmed that this may be either tracked or wheeled, providing the selected machine can undertake the required tasks for the relevant endorsements. There will be no changes to the current test documentation, nor is it intended to identify the chassis type on the card.

New costs and courses will be scheduled over the coming months, to reflect these changes.

For more information, please feel free to contact us on 01189 700200.


Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS)

Important Announcement from 1st July, the green Construction Site Operative (CSO) card will no longer be issued, however it will be replaced by the Labourers Green Card.     

What are the green card changes?

From 1st July 2014 the green Construction Site Operative (CSO) card will no longer be issued.  There will be a new green CSCS card only available for people working in labouring occupations.

CSCS’ role is to provide a scheme for the construction industry that confirms site workers’ training and qualifications. Many site workers who are carrying out skilled occupations have been applying for the green CSO card as the easiest route to gain access to construction sites.

This makes it difficult for contractors to use CSCS cards as a reliable method of checking that site workers have the appropriate skills to work on construction sites safely and effectively.

If you have a green CSO card that expires after 1st July 2014 You will need to provide evidence that you have achieved one of the following:

QCF/SCQF Level 1 Award Health and Safety in a Construction Environment*


One day Site Safety Plus Health and Safety Awareness Course as above, which we can happily provide, any queries please call our training department on 01189 700200

We are a CITB approved training centre and hold courses here at CITP Ltd or bespoke courses for your company at a suitable venue of your choice.

Health & Safety Awareness 1 Day course from 1st July 2014, price is £200.00 + VAT PP inclusive of exam/publications, the CSCS Operatives test and CSCS card.

Bookings can be made at or by calling 01189 700200



CITP Ltd have been asked to become associate members of the Oxfordshire Construction Training Group. This is a very proud moment for CITP  as the OCTG have been operating for a number of years and have many group members
The Oxfordshire construction training group

The Group was formed in the August of 1994. This was in direct collaboration with the then CITB, now Construction Skills, who also still remain strong supporters and sponsors of the group.

The aim of the Group is to provide a meaningful forum for open discussion, whereby common staff learning and development needs exist, in turn providing local, high quality, economical solutions, designed to address all Group Member needs.


This includes ongoing development to meet requirements in the areas of:

Business & Training Planning
Management & Supervisory
Health & Safety
Craft & Technician Apprenticeships; Operatives
Graduate Development
For more information on becoming group members, please contact David Holbrook on 07836369532.

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