Crane Supervisor


To provide candidates with the knowledge, skills and understanding to supervise a lifting operation in accordance with the lift plan and recognise any unsafe circumstances.


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
  • Give a pre-lift briefing to those involved in the lifting operation
  • Ensure that the crane is positioned and configured correctly in accordance with the lift plan
  • Ensure that the load is slung correctly and safely in accordance with the lift plan
  • Give clear instructions to the crane operator and slinger/signaller throughout the lifting operation

Target Delegate and Suitability

This course is for those who are required to supervise lifting operations using various types of lifting equipment (primarily cranes) in accordance with a lift plan. 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.
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.


Four days

Course Assessment

Day four of the course will involve undertaking the CPCS Technical Test for category A62, which includes a verbal theory test and a practical test of supervising a lifting operation. 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 A62.

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
  • Delivering a pre-lift briefing
  • Supervising a lifting operation in a accordance with a lift plan