COTS Training was established in 2009 by its current Managing Director Jason Mowforth. The business was established to provide a comprehensive and relevant set of courses to comply with the requirements of the Driver Certificate of Professional Competence (Driver CPC) Regulations, compliance advice on Operator licensing and tachograph analysis.
COTS very quickly added a range of courses leading to the Operator Certificate of Professional Competence for both LGV and PSV Transport Managers and increased the services relating to helping the operator comply with the undertakings made on the Operator licence.
Later, we added ADR – Dangerous Goods and other practical courses to these two existing arms of the business including LGV driver licence acquisition for categories B+E, C and C+E and practical training for HIAB, tail lift, gantry crane, shunter training, etc. We have maintained our SQA and OCR Grade 1 status for the past 6 years. We also operate our own LGV test centre in the SA1 development.
Commercial Training is at the core of our business, working with some of Wales’ largest organisations and with customers throughout the UK; quality is integral in what we do and have gained our ISO 9001 accreditation. Between us our team of 20+ staff have many years of experience on the operational side of Transport & Logistics, Plant & Construction and Industrial training sectors and are therefore extremely well placed to provide relevant solutions to your problems.
All of our Driver CPC courses have been designed to enable the driver and operator to mix and match their particular needs whilst satisfying the requirements of the Directive and the Joint Approvals Unit for Periodic Training (JAUPT). We are proud to offer high quality independent Driver CPC training courses on a monthly basis at our centres. Our Operator CPC is delivered using the OCR syllabus and we have consistently achieved Grade 1 centre status since the company started, this includes offering computer based exams for R1 & P1 parts of the course.
We are proud to be members of NDGTC (The National Dangerous Goods Training Consortium). The NDGTC is recognised by the DfT, DSA and SQA and consists of a group of nationally distributed training centres. Members provide high standards of dangerous goods training delivered by experienced instructors. To become an NDGTC member and obtain DfT approval, training organisations have to meet laid down standards for facilities, equipment and instructor qualifications that ensures quality of service.
Our practical FLT and HIAB training is delivered under the RTITB or NPORS Accreditation schemes – RTITB & NPORS are approved and listed as an accrediting organisation by the Health & Safety Commission (HSC) in the Approved Code of Practice (ACoP) for Lift Truck Operator Training.
2017 saw us expand into new premises just off the A4232 in Cardiff, our site is dedicated to Plant & Construction and boasts a 12m Scaffolding tower, Road roller area and large area dedicated to excavators and dumpers.