Plant Machinery Training

Our plant machinery training offers a range of courses that can be delivered on our site, based in the North East, or at a specified site anywhere across the UK.

With a wide range of courses on offer our customers benefit from dealing only with us for their training needs, rather than having to source multiple providers.

We deliver plant machinery training to large organisations through to sole traders demonstrating our ability to meet the needs of any business whatever their size.

Expedient instructors come from an operational, as well as a training background, and are experienced in all aspects of plant operations, with specialisms including:

  • Cranes operators or instructors, all types
  • Appointed Person Crane Operations
  • Dumpers
  • Excavators
  • Fork Lift Trucks
  • MEWPs
  • Telescopic Handlers
  • Lorry Loaders
  • Slinger Signaller

Contact our team on 0191 489 0212 to find out more or feel free to browse our plant machinery courses on the right.


CPCS is a certification mark of the Construction Industry Training Board, known as CITB

CPCS A61 Appointed Person - Lifting Operations Training Including Theory and Practical Tests


This course is designed to give candidates the necessary theoretical and practical skills to enable them to pass their CPCS A61 Theory and Practical Tests which are conducted on this course.


5 days (8 hours per day).

Maximum Number

Suitable For

Any novices with no industry experience who require a red CPCS card for A61 Appointed Person – Lifting Operations.


You must hold a Managers and Professionals Health and Safety Environment Test. This must have been passed within the last 2 years.

You must also be physically and mentally capable of undertaking the tasks you are required to carry out.


To provide knowledge and understanding in the following areas:

  • State basic requirements of legislation, regulations, codes of practice, guidance and good practice documentation that relate to all types of lifting duties.
  • Explain the duties and responsibilities of those involved in a lifting operation including: an appointed person, a lifting operations supervisor, a lift coordinator, a machine operator, a slinger, a signaler, a lifting equipment installer/erector and maintenance personnel.
  • Identify the requirements for basic, standard and complex lifts.
  • Describe the lighting requirements for in and out of service conditions for lifting equipment.
  • State requirements to be followed when planning the lifting of persons.
  • Identify different types of lifting equipment, and explain capabilities and limitations of each for given lifting operations.
  • Outline pre-use checks requirements for lifting equipment and accessories.
  • Explain maintenance inspection, thorough examination and testing requirements for lifting equipment and accessories.
  • Describe setting up, erection, levelling and dismantling requirements for different types of lifting equipment and lifting operations.
  • Calculate lifting equipment point loadings/outrigger loadings, spreader mat types and sizes from given information.
  • Identify ground pressure and support loadings from given information.
  • Explain the function and use of, and use information provided by, RCIs and safety devices applicable to a range of lifting equipment.
  • Select the correct lifting equipment for specified lifts.
  • Extract information from manufacturer’s technical specifications, duties charts, range diagrams and other information sources.
  • Specify lifting equipment configurations for specific types of lifting operations.
  • Identify attachments and ancillaries to lifting equipment.
  • Describe out of service procedures for lifting equipment including locations, configurations, and markings.
  • List different types of lifting accessories and explain typical applications.
  • Identify and explain relevant information relating to different types of lifting accessories e.g. markings, certificates and thorough examination reports.
  • Calculate sling capacities, lengths and angles.
  • Explain slinging techniques for given loads including balanced, unbalanced and loose.
  • Specify appropriate lifting accessories for given types of loads.
  • Identify weights and centers of gravity for different types of loads.
  • Describe and specify different types of communication methods for lifting purposes.
  • Explain factors that determine types of communication methods, the limitations of each and the effects of poor communication.
  • State the need to complete a reflective report following a typical lifting operation.
  • Identify potential proximity and underground hazards from given plans and drawings.
  • Identify and plan an area, with exclusion zones for different, given lifting operations incorporating safe access/egress routes for before, during and after the lift.
  • State requirements that allow safe site access and egress for typical lifting equipment.
  • Specify the security requirements for specific lifting operations.
  • Construct a safe system of work by producing risk assessments, method statements and lift plans, including drawings, using given information.
  • Explain additional requirements for pick and carry duties.
  • Communicate lift plan information to others involved in a lifting operation i.e. lifting supervisor, machine operator, slinger etc.
  • Specify positioning of lifting equipment, loads in relation to fixed objects and other limiting factors.
  • Explain the definition, requirements and factors for temporary works managements and the effects on typical lifting operations.
  • Identify how the effects of fatigue on the lifting team can affect a lifting operation and how it should be managed.
  • Evaluate and explain how t
Teaching Methods

Theoretical training and test. Practical training and test.

Accreditation Options


On successful completion of the Theory and Practical tests, candidates will receive a red A61 CPCS card.

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Course Dates
  • 20th May, 2019
  • 17th Jun, 2019
  • FAIB
  • NOCN