Plant Training Course

IMI Accredited Police Plant Machinery Identification

Plant and Agricultural Machinery Theft Awareness and Identification Course

Dates of next courses:
Wed 1st May - Thur 2nd May 2024

This two-day course is aimed at police officers/ police staff who are seeking to improve their knowledge and confidence in examining plant machinery. The course is aimed for complete beginners through to those with an intermediate level of knowledge in plant machinery identification and investigation. The course is accredited with the IMI (Institute of the Motor Industry). Students will undergo a practical exercise and will complete a number of multiple choice/written assessments.

Students will gain a comprehensive understanding of the national official scheme, The Construction (& Agricultural) Equipment Security And Registration (CESAR) scheme. CESAR is used for the registration and the overt/covert marking of plant machinery and is powered by Datatag. Datatag is the official service provider of the CESAR scheme for the Construction Equipment Association (CEA) and Agricultural Engineers Association (AEA) and has marked approximately 620,000 machines since the scheme began in 2007. Students will learn how to use CESAR effectively and will learn the latest developments to the scheme.

The course will empower officers to not only locate, but also crucially to assess vehicle identification across both construction and agricultural plant machinery. This will arm officers on roadside stops, operations/ warrants etc to then effectively use local and national systems to correctly identify stolen plant machinery.

The course trainer was a police officer for 17 years including a secondment to the National Vehicle Crime Intelligence Service (NaVCIS) and is a Qualified Stolen Vehicle Examiner (QSVE). The course is deeply grounded within a background in law enforcement covering common criminal MO’s and strategies to effectively combat plant theft

Successful students will be offered ongoing support by the trainer and will be updated on new and current trends.

Price Per Student - £599* + VAT / (IMI registration £74)

Please email our Police Liaison and Training Team on for more information

*Bursaries are available for some students

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PC Chris Vickers (Leicestershire Police) - "Very well presented with personal experiences. Easy to understand and clarified."

PC Mathew Braddish (TVP) - "Great course. Very informative and a good tool for police officers."

PC Mathew Houghton (Leicestershire Police)"Both Vince and Pete are extremely knowledgeable and passionate. This made the training a pleasure and easy to understand."

PC Helen Backhouse (TVP) - "Trainer’s knowledge is excellent. Having previous experience within the police is invaluable."

PC Dean Kingham (TVP) - "Vince was great at explaining the course content and pushing the tips and tricks to ID equipment correct."

PC Thomas Batchelor (TVP) - "The training was extremely informative and was delivered in a way that was understandable."

IMI Approved Training Centre

The Construction & Agricultural Equipment Security and Registration Scheme