Course Overview

CPCS Appointed Persons: Lifting Operations A61 is for supervisors and managers with responsibility for lifting operations.

This course will provide delegates with the knowledge and practical skills to safely operate in the role of an Appointed Person, giving an understanding of the Appointed Person's responsibilities and how to fullfill them.

Upon successful completion of CPCS Technical Tests, delegates will receive a CPCS Red Trained Operator Card.

Trained Operator Card (RED)

The Trained Operator Card confirms a level of core skills, knowledge and understanding that can be applied in the workplace until measured as competent against national standards. Experienced and able operators may hold a Trained Operator Card whilst being measured against national standards through an SVQ or NVQ.

Once you've obtained your Red CPCS Trained Operator Card, it will last for 2 years. During these 2 years you must work towards and achieve your NVQ in Plant Operations to upgrade to a Blue CPCS Competence Card.

If you already hold the CPCS Code A40 Slinger/Signaller, you will also achieve the CPCS Code A62 Crane Supervisor qualification.


Course Content

Upon completion of the course, delegates will be able to:

  1. Observe regulations and Codes of Practice
  2. Follow safe systems of work including method statements
  3. Take personal responsibility
  4. Describe different types of cranes and associated terminology
  5. Understand crane documentation
  6. Understand crane stability, duty charts and safety devices
  7. Appreciate tower cranes
  8. Observe British Standard 7121
  9. Recognise the role of appointed persons
  10. Plan a lift
  11. CPCS theory & practical tests


Delegates must have successfully completed a CITB Health, Safety and Environment Test (managers and professionals' level) less than two years before attending this course.

Delegates must also have sufficient experience of cranes to meet the requirements specified in British standard 7121 Safe Use of Cranes.