Approved training providers must not lose sight of the need to ensure that any training they conduct satisfies the needs of customers, provided that training standards are not compromised. We believe that training should be both properly structured and monitored but it should also be flexible and meet customers specific requirements.


‘The Training Scheme’, formally named Construction Plant Register Ltd and the National Plant Operators Certification Scheme, was developed in 1992 to take account of and meet the requirements of the following legislation and guidance.


  • Health & Safety at Work Act 1974
  • The Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998
  • The Lifting Operations & Lifting Equipment Regulations 1998
  • HSC Approved Code of Practice for the training of lift truck operators.
  • BS 7121 Code of Practice for the safe use of cranes
  • Lifting Equipment & Engineers Association, Code of Practice for the safe use of lifting equipment


The object of the scheme is to provide employers with the opportunity to obtain valid certification for all their employees.


The standards have been developed for a wide range of skills and competencies many of which are not available under other training schemes.