If you have a Red Trained Operator Card that expired over 12 months ago, you will need to apply to re-enter the scheme.
To re-enter the scheme, you need to:
- re-take both the CPCS Theory and Practical tests (for the relevant plant categories)
- have passed the Health, Safety and Environment (HS&E) test within the last two years
- have registered for the relevant SVQ or NVQ for that plant category(s).
The process for replacing an expired Red card is the same as getting a new Red Trained Operator card.
A new Red card will be issued for two years to cover the card-holder getting their SVQ or NVQ. At the end of that two years, a Red card-holder is expected to submit an application to upgrade to a Blue Competent Operator Card.
If there are exceptional circumstances why a Red card-holder let their card lapse or didn't upgrade to a Blue card before it expired, the card holder can submit an appeal.
See the CPCS scheme booklet for operators (PDF, 1MB) for details of the appeals process.