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CPCS Appointed Persons: Lifting Operations A61

  • Course Code: CPCSA61
  • Your Venues: YES*
  • Practical: YES
  • Certification: CPCS Trained Operator Card (red card)

This 5-day course will provide delegates with the necessary skills, knowledge, and training in order to prepare for the role of the Appointed Person as part of the lifting operations team. It is suitable for supervisors/managers and those with a responsibility for lift planning and/or those responsible for approving safe systems of work for lifting operations.

This course focuses primarily on mobile crane operations; however, additional short-duration modules are available to extend knowledge to cover tower cranes, crawler cranes, excavators used as cranes, etc. Please contact us for further details.

This course comprises 4 consecutive days of training followed by a 1-day CPCS theory and practical test. Successful delegates will receive a red CPCS Trained Operator Card which is valid for 2 years. CPCS red cardholders must complete the relevant NVQ to convert their red Trained Operator card to a full 5-year blue Competent Operator card. Please visit our NVQ page

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  1. Course Content

    • Legislation, Regulations and Approved Codes of Practice (ACoP)
    • British Standard Codes of Practice ‐ BS7121 Safe Use of Cranes
    • Understanding safe systems of work for lifting operations including risk assessments and method statements
    • Duties and responsibilities of the lift planner (Appointed Person)
    • Roles and responsibilities of other lift team personnel – Lift Supervisor, Crane Operator, Slinger/Signaller
    • Crane types and selection including capabilities and limitations
    • Duty charts and crane safety devices
    • Documentation and certification for lifting equipment and lifting accessories
    • Understanding crane stability/ground conditions
    • Rated Capacity Indicators (RCI’s)
    • Safe Working Loads (SWL)
    • Planning lifting operations
    • Writing risk assessments for lifting operations
    • Writing a method statement for lifting operations
    • End test – theory (written paper)
    • End test – practical (developing a safe system of work for a lifting operation based on a given scenario)

  2. Prerequisites

    Courses delegates must have undertaken and passed the Health, Safety & Environment Test for Managers and Professionals (MAP) within 2 years prior to attending this course. Please visit for more information.

    Delegates should ideally have prior knowledge and experience of cranes and lifting operations. Delegates with little or no experience of lifting operations are encouraged to carry out their own prior learning. Please contact us for further advice and guidance about pre-course profiling and sources of information.

    This is an intense course which requires a good level of spoken and written communication skills. The ability to work as part of a team is vital.

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