Course Overview

A61 - Appointed Persons Lifting course is administered by the Construction Plant Competence Scheme (CPCS) that aims to ensure that candidates are aware of the appointed person’s responsibilities and how best to fulfil them. Our course provides managers, supervisors, or anybody with the day-to-day responsibility for planning lifting operations, with the knowledge on how to safely plan a lifting operation, ensure compliance with the law and safety of employees and those who may be affected by their actions.

What you'll learn?

  • Safety Legislation
  • British code of Standards BS7121 and BS712
  • Safe use of cranes
  • Understanding roles and responsibilities of lifting operations
  • Crane types, capabilities and limitations
  • Duties Charts
  • Crane terminology
  • Documentation and certification for lifting equipment
  • Crane Stability / Ground Conditions
  • Types of lifting accessories and their selection
  • Mode factors for accessories
  • Sling angles
  • Communications
  • Planning a lifting operation

Who Should Attend?

Our A61 - Appointed Persons Lifting course is beneficial for operatives who are responsible for the planning and execution of lifting operations at the construction site.

Entry Requirements

The learner must have a good understanding and knowledge of current Health & Safety Regulations. Candidates must have passed the CITB Health, Safety and Environment test for managers no more than two years before attending this course. In addition to this, it is also important that all learners should have a good understanding of spoken and written English.


At the end of the course, candidates will be required to undertake both practical and theory tests. Successful candidates will receive a CPCS Red Trained Operator Card valid for two years. During this two-year period candidates will need to achieve the relevant plant NVQ that will enable them to upgrade their Red Card to a Blue CPCS Competent Operator Card.

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