Set up in 1992, NPORS is one of the UK’s driving accreditation and enrollment bodies, working over the development, modern, utilities, warehousing and dispersion, farming, ports and marine segments.

At NPORS, we pride ourselves on the standard of care we offer the individuals who work with us. We generally endeavor to help all parts of industry advancement, from implementing measures to working with industry pioneers to additionally create and improve them.

NPORS offers adaptability while looking after gauges, both broadly and universally by working with industry and Accredited Training Providers.

Because of the declaration by HSE in 2010, that the current Accrediting Bodies plot was to be assessed, the arrangement of the Accrediting Bodies Association – Workplace Transport (ABA) was reported on the thirteenth September 2012. Last HSE board endorsement has now been allowed and the HSE will keep on giving guidance to the ABA on preparing issues emerging from L117.

The ABA and its originator individuals: AITT, ITSSAR, NPORS and RTITB are anticipating the future and cooperating to carry clearness to work environment transport preparing for our industry


In an ongoing effort to provide plant operators with more choice, Essential Site Skills are now a National Plant Operators Registration Scheme (NPORS) Accredited Training Provider (ATP). Our customers can now choose the most suitable plant card scheme for them.

For plant operators wanting to prove their competency, the choice usually comes down to a NPORS or a CPCS card; in this blog, we explain the two schemes and the differences between them.

NPORS is an alternative to the CPCS scheme. It offers accredited training the same as CPCS does and offers registration and verification, much in the same way that EUSR PLUS does. Whilst not new, NPORS is now becoming one of the most recognised accredited training schemes in the UK.

Back in 2014, NPORS became a UKCG ‘accepted record scheme’, meaning that it is recognised as being equivalent to CPCS. NPORS cards also carry the CSCS logo in the same way that CPCS cards do. This was done as part of a drive to bring all card schemes under a ‘one logo’ policy, making employers able to easily recognise valid schemes and cards.

Some companies prefer NPORS to CPCS training and testing as NPORS arguably offers more flexibility. NPORS still ensures compliance with strict standards in the same way as CPCS. NPORS also offers cost savings over CPCS.

Essentially, there isn’t a lot of difference between CPCS and NPORS. The result and learning outcomes are similar, as are the ways to achieve cards.

Both schemes have pros and cons and choosing one will come down to your preferred learning style, budget and what sort of sites and companies you work with.

The main plus for CPCS is that it is so widely recognised and nearly every construction site in the UK will accept CPCS as a form of accredited training on plant machinery. One of the downsides of CPCS is that it can be more expensive and take longer to achieve the accreditation you want.

The major plus for NPORS is that it is a cost-effective alternative to CPCS. The potential lower costs are not associated with lower quality; NPORS still ensures compliance with strict industry standards in the exact same way CPCS does. NPORS also offers more flexible learning; training can be done on-site with your own machinery (or at ATP’s site). CPCS is restricted to certified centres.