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MPQC Plant Scheme

MP Skills will continue to remain active and open as usual.              We are currently monitoring the situation regarding COVID-19 closely and are taking the necessary precautions to ensure the safety of all our delegates and learners.

Initially introduced over 25 years ago and specifically designed for drivers of plant machinery, the MPQC Plant Operator Competency Scheme is firmly established as the recognised plant operator assessment programme within the extractives industry.  


Developed by the Mineral Products Qualifications Council (MPQC) the Plant Operator Competence Scheme is highly valued by organisations and contractors working within the sector. It is supported by key stakeholders such as the Mineral Products Association (MPA), the British Aggregates Association (BAA), the Institute of Quarrying (IQ) and the Institute of Asphalt Technology (IAT).  

Delivering approved assessment for the MPQC Plant Operator Competency Scheme

MP Skills also provide a number of plant training courses that are delivered by trainers with industry experience. The course materials have recently been updated to ensure current best practice within the sector.

Our extensive range of plant operator training courses include (but are not limited to):

  • Wheeled Loading Shovel

  • Tracked Excavator

  • Telescopic Handler

  • Forklift Truck

  • Articulated Dump truck

  • Rigid Dump truck

  • Mini Excavator

  • MEWP

  • Backhoe Loader – Breaker

  • Bucket

  • Bulldozer

  • Mobile Crusher

  • Mobile Screener

  • Chip Spreading Machine

  • Wheeled Loader with Compressor

  • Forward Tipping Dumper

  • Lorry Loader

  • Skidsteer

  • Tracked Loading Shovel

  • Vehicle Marshaller/Banksman

  • Slinger/Signaller

  • Bitumen Boiler

If you have any questions or wish to book one of our plant training courses or an assessment please complete our booking form.


Why choose MP Skills?

MP Skills has a team of dedicated assessors and trainers all of who have industry experience, ensuring that both the assessments and training are relevant and current. Our training and assessment team pride themselves on the way in which they focus on the learner; guaranteeing the highest standard of training and assessment.

Download the Terms and Conditions for Plant Training here.

Download the Terms and Conditions for Plant Assessment here.

Want to find out more about the MPQC Plant Operator Competency Scheme?

Launched in 1982, the MPQC Plant Operator Competency Scheme was designed from within the extractives industry to introduce exacting standards and consistent assessment for all plant operators within the mining, mineral processing and related manufacturing sector.

Why should I choose the MPQC Plant Operator Competency Scheme?

The MPQC Plant Operator Competency Scheme is highly valued and recommended for plant operators and contractors working in the extractives industry. Supported by key industry associations, all assessments approved by the Scheme are recognised as the best within their sector.