Certora Training: Specialist Industry Training

The countdown has begun for the Hillhead Exhibition, and Certora Training are returning to talk all things training, assessment and qualifications for the industry.

Come and visit the team at stand PA20.

Certora specialise in the delivery of equipment operator training courses, onsite assessments, and vocational qualifications. From mobile plant to working at height equipment, abrasive wheels awareness to managing mobile plant operations, weighbridge qualifications to road surfacing qualifications.

With over 30 years’ experience of delivering recognised and accredited training and qualifications. Certora work with many of the UK’s leading and specialist accreditations including MPQC, IPAF, PASMA, CIWM, NPORS and GQA. Delivering services that are relevant, engaging and cost effective at customers’ locations nationwide, ensuring job specific training is gained.

What’s new for 2024?

Vocational Qualifications

As a CIWM, MPQC and GQA approved qualifications assessment centre Certora offers over 20 industry specific qualifications, ranging from Level 2 to Level 7 for all types of roles. Their e-portfolio system makes the qualification process seamless by enabling managers and supervisors to monitor learners’ progression and easily upload evidence.

Certora has recently extended their range of qualifications to include more Waste Management qualifications and opportunities for the construction industry. Introducing GQA and MPQC accredited construction qualifications, including Level 2 Diploma in Plant Operations and the Level 3 Occupational Work Supervision Construction.

Managed Service

At the request of their customers, Certora have built a specialist team who are dedicated to managing the operational training needs for any business. Their Sourced Training team offer seamless solution for any business looking to streamline their training.

With a network of over 110 expert training providers, Certora can arrange training outside of their specialisms from drone training to hydraulics and conflict management to confined space training. The sourcing team will manage, coordinate, administer, review and facilitate all your operational training requirements, even uploading completion data into your LMS.

ELearning for Waste Management Awareness

Available this summer, Certora’s waste management experts have created a suite of Waste Management Awareness eModules.  Ideal as a preparation course for anyone who is due to take their Continuing Competence Test. More courses will be added throughout 2024 to further support those who may not be familiar with waste management but are seeing the processes on their site evolve.

The Certora team will be on hand at the show, but they are always available if you need any support and guidance, give them a call on 01246 386900.

MPQC Plant Operator Competency Scheme – Step by Step

Did you know that the MPQC Plant Operator Competency Scheme was updated at the beginning of 2023 and the red and blue operator card statuses changed?

Step 1 – Initial Training

Operators are required to complete accredited and nationally recognised training.

Step 2 – On-Site Experience

Operators should build upon their skills and knowledge with specific job and familiarisation training and continue to gain experience on-site.

Step 3 – Operator Assessment

Either 3 months, or 150 hours after completion of training, one of Certora’s MPQC assessors will come on-site to carry out an operator assessment. This consists of a Level 2 Health and Safety test followed by a practical assessment.

Step 4 – Assessed Operator

If successfully completed, operators will achieve ‘Assessed Operator’ status and will receive an MPQC Operator Card, formally known as the Red MPQC Card. Scanning the QR code on the reverse will outline the plant categories that they have been assessed to operate.

Step 5 – Vocational Qualification

The next step to demonstrate competence under the MPQC Scheme is to complete a relevant VQ in one of the following environments: plant, construction or road surfacing.

Step 6 – Competent Operator

Operators will need to provide evidence demonstrating their skills, knowledge and experience in their role which will be review by an approved MPQC assessor. Once completed and verified your digital profile will be upgraded from ‘Assessed’ to ‘Competent Operator’ (previously known as a Blue MPQC card). Operators will require an operational assessment for each item of plant every 5 years after achieving ‘Competent Operator’ status.

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