NPORS reassures cardholders on construction industry recognition
NPORS, the National Plant Operators registration Scheme has reassured its cardholders that they will still be able to work on major construction sites next year.
In September 2014 UKCG agreed to recognise NPORS as an ‘accepted record scheme’. Previously it only recognised Construction Plant Competency Scheme (CPCS) cards, which are part of CSCS. NPORS released a statement which said: “We would like to reassure all employers, operators and training providers that we are committed to ensuring compliance with the requirements of the Construction Leadership Council decision that all operator cards in the construction sector must carry the CSCS logo.
“We have met with CSCS, Build UK and CECA in order to ensure that NPORS cards will carry the CSCS logo and therefore will continue to be accepted on Build UK sites post December 2016.
“The new requirement will involve a change to the way our scheme currently operates in the construction sector and we have agreed a process whereby current NPORS card holders in the construction sector will be able to transition across to the new NPORS Construction Operator card.
“Further detail will be issued by NPORS in due course but we wanted to make this announcement now so as to reassure employers, operators and training providers that NPORS cards will still be accepted on construction sites after December 2016.”
NPORS Ltd is an accreditation body with its own plant operator training scheme that it controls. It was established in 1992 and is privately owned by its chief executive Stan Chapman. The rise of CPCS, which is industry-owned and managed by the Construction Industry Training Board, threatened its viability in the construction industry. So long as only CPCS cards were recognised on major sites, an NPORS card was of limited value in construction, although it also has a presence in other markets, such as ports and harbours, utilities and factories.