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Appointed Person Lifting Operations A61 Novice CPCS


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.

Suitable For

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


  • 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 manufacturers 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 the weather, other environmental factors, and the surrounding area external to the lift zone can affect the planned lifting operation.
  • Explain how wind loadings and sail-affect areas are calculated.
  • Describe notification, liaising and reporting procedures to statutory, authority, and utility bodies when affected by the lifting operation, i.e. works, railways, highways, airfields, etc.
  • Explain the requirements to be followed when lifting loads from height.

    And to pass your A61 CPCS Theory and Practical tests.


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.

Teaching Methods

  • Theoretical training and test.
    Practical training and test.

Accreditation Options

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

Course Dates

Course Dates

2nd Mar, 2020 - Doncaster

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