CPCS Traffic Marshall (A73)

This CPCS training course will teach you how to safely operate as a Traffic Marshall on a construction site directing plant traffic. On successful completion of your course you will earn your CPCS red card.

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Tadley, Hampshire

Course name: CPCS (A73) Plant Marshall FoundationDate(s) of course: Mon 5th Aug, Tue 6th Aug, Wed 7th AugDuration: 3 days course not including lunch
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CPCS Traffic Marshall training course (A73)

A Traffic Marshall (often called a Banksman) controls and directs traffic on construction sites. They ensure the safe movement of large vehicles into the needed locations whilst taking into account factors that might affect the safety of people, other vehicles, materials and utilities on site. The CPCS Traffic Marshall training course is designed for beginners and people who have some experience. By the end of the course, you'll be ready to take the CPCS tests and become a certified Traffic Marshall.

Knowledge and Skills covered during your CPCS Plant Traffic Marshall training will include:

  • Health and safety legislation and risk assessment
  • Traffic management plans
  • Communication methods
  • Practical skills in directing, guiding, stopping and starting plant traffic
  • PPE requirements

Course duration

Foundation training courses are for beginners and those with some experience. These courses run over 3 days.
If you are experienced in being a Plant Traffic Marshaller, and are looking for CPCS certification, we can offer a 2-day course. Please call a member of our team to book this course.

Mandatory entry requirements

  • Hold the relevant CITB health, safety and environment test, passed no more than two years before the course start date
  • Good understanding of spoken and written English.

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Course Content

You will cover the following content on your CPCS Traffic Marshall training course:

  • Traffic Marshaller terminology
  • How to conform with relevant regulations and legislation
  • Plant types, their limitations, different hazards relating to different plant vehicles and plant vehicle stability factors
  • Plant vehicle proximity hazards and safe positioning
  • Constructing work management traffic plans
  • Communication through the use of hand signals and radio communications
  • Guidance of plant and vehicle movement using communication methods
  • Different types of PPE that might be needed as a Traffic Marshall


You will take both a theory and practical assessment for your CPCS Traffic Marshall training course.
You will take a theory assessment in the form of the CPCS verbal test. You need to achieve 80%, plus full marks on any mandatory questions to pass the standard set in the theory test.
Your practical test will assess your operating ability through practical activities based on the core skills needed to operate as a Traffic Marshall.

Course Details

What happens on a CPCS Traffic Marshall training course?

Most CPCS courses will run in the following format:

  • Day 1 - mostly theory-based classroom training. This is to ensure that you are confident with the theory aspect before you go out and complete the practical training. Depending on how your theory learning goes, you may get practical training for some of the day on your first day.
  • Day 2 - is usually putting your theory knowledge into practice by completing the practical exercises of your training.
  • On the final day of your course, you will complete your theory test preparation by completing mock exam questions, and then complete your actual assessment: the CPCS technical tests.

What qualification will I get on the CPCS Traffic Marshall training course?

  • CPCS Trained Operator Card (red card) on passing the CPCS technical tests.
  • CITB National Construction College e-certificate, available on request from CITB.

Once you have booked your Traffic Marshall training course (A73):

On receiving payment for your Traffic Marshall training course, an email with your ‘course joining instructions’ is sent to you.
This document includes the following details:

  • Your chosen course start date and subsequent dates (this is either a 2 or 3-day course)
  • Course start time at your chosen venue
  • Address of your chosen venue, including a map screenshot
  • Details of what to do if you need any special requirements to complete the course

You need to bring photographic ID, such as a driving licence or passport with you.

Lunch is not included, so please provide your own.

Mandatory entry requirements

  • The relevant CITB health, safety and environment test, passed no more than two years before the course start date
  • Good understanding of spoken and written English.

Special Considerations

The delegate can have additional time for their theory test which is a verbal or taped verbal test. If a translator is required, this will incur additional costs and will need to be arranged in advance.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding support during the course, please contact our team on 0800 0213 263.

CPCS Cards

Construction Plant Competence Scheme (CPCS)

The CPCS covers an extensive range of plant categories. The Construction Plant Competence Scheme uses practical and written assessments to ensure you are competent in your chosen category. These assessments are taken at the end of your training.

  1. Pass the relevant Health, Safety and Environment Test.
  2. Attend training days in your chosen category.
  3. At the end of your training, complete your category assessments (assessment fee's are included in your course price).
  4. Receive your Trained Operator (red) or Competent Operator (blue) card.

What is the difference between the Red and Blue CPCS Card?

You can start working within your chosen category once you have earned the Red (trained operator) card. The card confirms the core skills, knowledge and understanding required. However, a newly trained operator will still require full and close supervision until they deemed sufficiently experienced to without supervision. That is where the Blue CPCS card comes in.

Red CPCS Card
Each category on your red card will have it's own 2 year expiry date the card itself has no expiry. Your Red card is not renewable, this is to ensure progression towards your competent card (The Blue CPCS card). During the 2 years you will be expected to register and achieve a NVQ (National Vocational Qualification) or SVQ (Scottish Vocational Qualification) and upgrade to the Blue (competent operator) card.

Blue CPCS Card
To earn your Blue card you must meet the requirements of the Red card plus complete an NVQ or SVQ in your category.
Your Blue card will last for 5 years, each category on the card will have the expiry of the card itself. You will have to renew your card within the 5 years.

If you would like to read more about the application process for Red and Blue CPCS cards, read this 'How to get your CPCS Card' document from CPCS.


This course may be eligible for 1 or more CITB grants. You can check the eligibility of the course on the CITB Grants and funding page.

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