What Is NPORS?
NPORS is a qualification which is recognised by the HSE.
It shows that an organisation has trained instructors who are fully able to train, test and certify operators.
The main aim of NPORS is to grant accredited training providers the ability to meet the needs of the company and provide satisfactory personnel.
Companies may not have the facilities for on-site training. In this case, an instructor would visit a site to deliver training. 3B Training distributes enquiries to partners who will conduct the training at their base. It is looked at as an alternative to the CPCS scheme.
How is the accreditation different?
NPORS is different to other accreditations as it offers a range of categories: the “normal” categories such as. FLT’s, Rollers, Excavators and Dumpers. Or categories that other schemes do not provide such as; Slinger, Vehicle Banksman, Safety Awareness, CAT and Genny and Abrasive Wheels.
NPORS training is a much more adaptable scheme than others. The course can be specified in your company’s working environment. The course allows you to:
- Include attachments. e.g. adding a telescopic handler
- Restrict the card for operational reasons. e.g. 180 excavator- restricted to front bucket use only.
- Restrict the card for commercial reasons. e.g. restricting the use of the company site only.
NPORS training can be delivered to novices with no experience all the way up to experienced workers.
For those who are experienced, they would attend an EWA (experienced worker assessment). Completing this will make the successful delegates viable for an NPORS card. The card would be valid for either 3 or 5 years.
They also recommend that a refresher should be taken. This would make sure that the operator is working to the correct standard. It will also correct any bad habits the operator may have picked up over the cards duration.
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