Appointed Person


To provide candidates with the knowledge, skills and understanding to select the correct equipment, personnel and methods to plan a safe and efficient lifting operation.


For successful completion of the course, candidates will be required to:

  • Demonstrate a suitable level of knowledge and understanding of relevant legislation, industry best practice and technical elements
  • Select a suitable crane & configuration for the lifting operation
  • Select suitable lifting accessories and method of attachment
  • Create scale drawings which clearly show the crane position and site layout

Produce a clear and effective method statement and risk assessment

Target Delegate and Suitability

This course is for those who are required to plan and/or oversee the safe execution of lifting operations using one or more types of lifting equipment. Considerable knowledge and experience of working within lifting operations is strongly recommended, but not essential to attend the course. Candidates must be fluent in written and spoken English and be able to carry out basic mathematical calculations using a calculator. Please download our free maths tutorial to assist in preparation.
Prior to attending this course, candidates must have passed the CITB Health, Safety and Environmental Test at ‘Managerial and Professional’ level within two years. For further information, or to book a test, visit:
Please contact us if you have any queries regarding your suitability.


Five days

Course Assessment

Day five of the course will involve undertaking the CPCS Technical Test for category A61, which includes a written theory test and a practical test based on a given scenario. Further information on this test is available to download from the CPCS website (scroll down to ‘Category Specific Documents’).


Successful candidates will be issued with a red CPCS ‘Trained Operator’ Card with category A61.

This can also be delivered as an in-house course.

Overview of Course Content

  • Relevant legislation and codes of practice
  • Roles and responsibilities within lifting operations
  • Thorough examination and pre-use checks
  • Lifting equipment types and uses
  • Understanding capacity and referring to charts for various types of lifting equipment
  • Positioning and installation of lifting equipment
  • Proximity hazards and associated measures
  • Calculation of mat area
  • The effect of weather conditions on lifting operations
  • Lifting accessory types and uses
  • WLL and calculation of SWL for lifting accessory configurations
  • Producing scale drawings containing the necessary detail and information