Coronavirus update for customers

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Coronavirus update for customers

Operational Update on NOCN Group Qualifications and Services

NOCN Group offers a wide range of services including regulated qualifications, EPA for apprenticeships, Job Cards in construction, Access to HE Diplomas, bespoke accreditation, and educational and skills support training.

As you will be aware the government imposed a third national lockdown from Tuesday 5th January 2021. You will find out more operational detail on the implications for each of these services through the following links:

Business Development
Regulated Qualifications
EPA for Apprenticeships
Job Cards in construction (CPCS)
One Awards

Please note that NOCN Group will be following the guidance issued by the ESFA, IfATE, Ofqual, CCEA Regulation, QAA, and Qualifications Wales, and will update our customers as things change.

If you have any concerns or would like to discuss the impact on your centre, apprentices or learners please contact us on or 0300 999 1177.

Further information:

Letter from Gavin Williamson CBE MP to Simon Lebus

Letter from Simon Lebus to Rt Hon Gavin Williamson CBE MP

DfE and Ofqual have launched two consultations (15th January):

GCSE, AS and A Level awarding in summer 2021

Alternative arrangements for the award of VTQs and other generals in 2021

Using Xbox to Access Online Learning

It is possible for learners to access their online work from home using a gaming console. For guidance on how to do this please download the document here.

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Add categories and/or endorsements to your Tester Card

How to add a category or endorsement.

  • Hold a valid in date First Aid certificate
  • Hold a valid in date Managers & Professionals (MAP) CITB health, safety and environment (HSE) test
  • Achieve the CPCS advanced practical test within two years of the HS&E test
Hold one of the following Health & Safety Qualifications:
  • NEBOSH Construction Certificate within 5 years
  • NEBOSH Construction Certificate with IOSH Membership (Tech ISOH Level Membership as a minimum) if older than 5 years
  • Site Managers Safety Training Scheme (SMSTS)
  • Managing and Co-ordination Plant (MCP) with Refresher where applicable
  • IOSH Managing Safely (within 5 years)
  • Level 5 or 6 H&S Qualifications accompanied with an in date CSCS card stating the following occupation routes:
  1. Construction Health and Safety Manager (with Minimum Tech IOSH Membership)
  2. Construction Health and Safety Senior Manager (with minimum Tech IOSH Membership)

You are not required to pass the Advanced theory test to add a further endorsement regardless of when the original card was issued.

The CPCS Test Centre where you achieved the advanced practical test will provide you with a partially completed F3/1 Application form for a First CPCS Tester card or to add further categories. The NOCN Job Cards Quality Assurance Personnel present at the advanced practical test will sign the declaration.

This form, along with copies of relevant certificates should be sent to the mailing address on the reverse of the form. There is no need to attach payment as the cost of the application is included in the CPCS Advanced Technical Test notification fees.

CITB Health & Safety Test Find a Test Centre Support Documents