At Bon-Accord Training Ltd. we put quality and safety first for our clients, delegates and our instructors. The company and instructors are both certified by several accrediting bodies including the Independent Training Scheme and Standards Register (ITSSAR), Construction Plant Competence Scheme (CPCS), National Plant Operators Registration Scheme (NPORS) and Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA).

We maintain our very high standards by being monitored annually by ITSSAR, CPCS, NPORS and SQA whilst keeping abreast of and adhering to all relevant HSE legislation. 

Bon-Accord Training always advise any person who is being asked to source training, to clarify which accreditation they are required to hold or which accreditations will be accepted.

If you are unsure which training and testing scheme would suit your company or individual requirements, please feel free to call our support staff for free, no obligation advice on
01358 723495 or complete this form; either with details of your enquiry or to request a call-back to discuss your training needs.



Employers have legal duties under HASWA 1974, PUWER 1998 (to name a few) to provide employees with adequate training. One way of proving adequate training has been provided by an employer is for a delegate to undertake an accredited course, delivered by an accredited training provider. These courses usually finish with the delegate completing a pre-determined skills test (or tests) designed by an Awarding Body which allows certification by that particular Awarding Body. It is this certification which is recognised, not in-itself but (usually) as proof of adequate training having taken place.

There is no mandatory training / certification scheme for any type of mobile plant operations in the UK. There are various schemes which are “acceptable” to HSE. This means that no one-card scheme has approval with HSE. There are some card schemes that are more recognised within the UK.

Which Training / Testing Scheme is the correct one for you?

Information on the Awarding Bodies which we are approved by is given below. There are others, however, these are the Awarding Bodies we feel offers the range of certification required by our clients.

For plant machinery, lifting or material handling equipment and other construction related training courses, Bon-Accord Training offer CPCS, ITSSAR, and/or NPORS accredited training.

Both ITSSAR and NPORS are founding members of the Accrediting Bodies Association (ABA) which was founded in 2012 to improve standards and consistency across the various accreditations available.

NPORS – National Plant Operators Registration Scheme


NPORS is, generally speaking, more widely recognised and accepted than ITSSAR in the following industry sectors:

Civil Engineering

ITSSAR – The Independent Training Standards Scheme and Register


In most other industry sectors, ITSSAR is a widely recognised and accepted training accreditation scheme.

Examples include:

Environmental & Waste
Marine Services


CPCS – Construction Plant Competence Scheme

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In the construction industry, CPCS is the most widely recognised and accepted qualification for plant operator and other construction related training.

Operatives will, generally speaking, have greater ease of access to site and find more job opportunities available to them within the construction industry if they hold a CPCS qualification.

It is not a legal requirement for an operative to hold a CPCS qualification to work in construction, however for some companies it is company policy.

The use of a single card system as part of a health and safety management system can help maintain consistency across operator skills and improve health and safety for all workers.

How to get your CPCS plant Card

CPCS Scheme Booklet for Operators


SQA – Scottish Qualifications Authority


Bon-Accord Training Limited are certificated by SQA to offer SVQs to plant operators which is required for the CPCS competence card.  After an initial induction, candidates are assessed on site and are expected to gather evidence which is assessed against the standards.