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Level 2 NVQ in Plant Operations (Construction)


Plant and machinery on-site are highly versatile despite their size. With singular machines made multi-purpose thanks to attachments, few are single-use machines - which can be more sustainable and cost-effective. However, attachments can be large and tricky to fit to the untrained, and with heavy loads and safety at risk from poor fitting, there is a very valid case for proper attachment fitting training on construction machines.

This Level 2 NVQ Certificate in Plant Operations (Construction) qualification enables delegates to demonstrate and recognise skills, knowledge, understanding and competence in a real workplace environment so they can work as a Plant Operator within the construction industry. Taking this Level 2 in Plant Operations also allows delegates to upgrade to the blue CPCS or NPORS-CSCS Competent Operator Card.
The qualification enables delegates to show they are a competent Plant Operator. As such, we can tailor the course to specialise in a particular item of plant:

  • 180 Excavator 
  • 360 Excavator (excavating or extracting) 
  • Agricultural tractor 
  • Crawler tractor/dozer
  • Crusher
  • Dump truck (rigid or articulated) 
  • Forklift side-loader 
  • Forward tipping dumper 
  • Industrial forklift truck   
  • Loader compressor
  • Lorry loader 
  • MEWPs (boom or scissor) 
  • Pedestrian operated tower crane  
  • Reach truck
  • Ride-on roller 
  • Rough terrain masted forklift truck 
  • Screener 
  • Sideloader forklift 
  • Skid steer loader 
  • Soil landfill compactor 
  • Telescopic handler 
  • Tracked loading shovel 
  • Wheeled loading shovel 
Course Outline

We assess this NVQ over two on-site assessments while the delegate is carrying out their day-to-day duties. Rather than producing a portfolio over time, our specifically assigned assessors gather evidence in the form of photographs, videos, method statements and professional discussions to take forward for examination.

To pass this qualification, delegates must successfully complete and achieve all three Mandatory Units and Optional Units. The amount of optional units taken will depend on the type of plant machinery.

Course Programme

Delegates taking this Level 2 NVQ Certificate in Plant Operations (Construction) will cover knowledge, skills and practices to learn the fundamentals of operations requiring either lifting, digging and loading.

Course Content:

Mandatory Units - must achieve all three:

  • General workplace safety competence
  • Efficient workplace practices
  • Preparing plant or machinery for operational performance

Optional Units - The amount of units taken will depend on the machinery used, but includes:

  • Preparing and operating excavator cranes to lift and transfer loads in the workplace
  • Preparing and operating rough terrain masted forklifts to lift and transfer loads
  • Preparing and operating telescopic handlers to lift and transfer
  • Preparing and operating lorry loaders or knuckle booms to lift and transfer loads
  • Preparing and operating wheeled loading shovels to extract loose materials
  • Preparing and operating skid steer loaders to extract loose materials
  • Preparing and operating loader compressors to extract loose materials
  • Preparing and operating forward tipping dumpers to receive, transport and discharge materials
  • Preparing and operating rear-tipping dump trucks to receive, transport and discharge materials
  • Preparing and operating tractors with towed equipment for non-agricultural activities
  • Preparing and operating scissor-type mobile elevating work platforms - MEWP
  • Preparing and operating boom-type mobile elevating work platforms - MEWP
  • Preparing and operating mast climber-type mobile elevating work platforms -MEWP
On Completion

Upon successfully completing this qualification, delegates will have the skills, knowledge, understanding, and competence to progress to a higher-level qualification in the same or similar occupational area.

The awarding body is NOCN CSkills who are recognised as industry leaders in the construction industry. As a result of completing the Level 2 NVQ Certificate in Plant Operations (Construction), delegates can upskill to the Blue Competent Operator Card.

Who Should Attend?

Any person or employee who works within construction who needs to obtain a  nationally recognised qualification in plant operations with a focus on attachments. This NVQ is also required both for red CPCS Plant Operations trained operator cardholders and red NPORS-CSCS Plant Operations trained operator cardholders in order to upgrade to the Blue Competent Operator Card.

Course Duration

We advise between six and twelve months from induction to complete most Level 2 NVQs. The duration within this time depends on delegate experience, circumstances, and current work levels. 

Why Citrus?

Quality and the customer experience are paramount to us here at Citrus. We provide exemplary service to our clients and produce excellent results from our delegates. As a result, we are the leading UK-based provider of health, safety, and technical training and assessment services to the Built Environment and Utility sectors, proudly working with 85 of the country’s top 100 building services companies to provide courses nationwide. 

Take an NVQ with Citrus Training, and delegates are allocated a dedicated Assessor whose role is to communicate with and support delegates throughout their NVQ. They do this through a  mixture of face-to-face meetings, online meetings, and an e-portfolio system.

Our assessors are fully qualified and occupationally experienced from construction backgrounds to deliver Operation NVQ qualifications within Construction. They travel nationwide to provide the necessary support that our delegates need.

Working closely with our in-house support teams, among the largest in the UK, we provide a tailored mix of training, consultancy, and technical services. The result is comprehensive, high-quality training leaving delegates confident to do their job and our business customers satisfied with an excellent customer experience.

Things You Need to Know

The Level 2 NVQ Certificate in Plant Operations (Construction) qualification is designed to occur in a real workplace environment, which means delegates must be employed to take this qualification. 

Before taking this course, all delegates must have completed an Operative’s Health and Safety touch screen test within the past two years. Once they are registered, we will be able to apply for a one-year CPCS/NPORS Card extension. An additional fee for the card will be charged.

Delegates must inform their trainer before starting the course about any special considerations, medication or physical restrictions that may cause difficulties in any part of the training.

A CITB grant is available for companies registered with the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB). Enquire to learn more about funding options.

If you are a CITB Levy payer, you can claim a CITB Grant for this course. Once you have booked please contact us with your CITB number and we can assist you in claiming the funds.

Popular FAQ's

Once a delegate has completed their NVQ, their card will last 5 years. All they will need to do to renew is to complete a Healthy and Safety Touch Screen Test, while keeping log book hours. Your card will then be valid for another 5 years.

Please contact one of the team. They will send over a quote along with our NVQ sign-up form for you to complete and return for each candidate you want to enrol.

We require a 50% initial payment, which is non-refundable and the remaining 50% is paid on completion.

NVQs can take between 6 to 18 months, depending on the NVQ you take. This can take longer if being completed as part of an apprenticeship. The assessor will arrange visits with you as needed until your portfolio is complete.

Yes, please contact the team for details of a volume discount. We can also use a classroom delivery model for some NVQs, which can offer even further savings. 

NVQs are a lifetime award, so the certificate will not expire. To renew your CSCS card, you just need to retake the appropriate Health and Safety Touch Screen Test.

No, an assessor requires access to visit you onsite for the completion of an NVQ.

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