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CPCS A61 Appointed Person

CPCS Training Course

The Construction Plant Competence Scheme (CPCS) provides skills cards for the plant sector of the construction and allied industries. It was launched in 2003 and since then over 300,000 cards have been issued. It is the largest and most highly recognised card scheme for the construction plant industry. It helps to prove workers’ operating skills and health and safety awareness.

Successful candidates on CPCS tests receive a red CPCS Trained Operators Card, valid for a period of 2 years. Candidates are required to achieve the appropriate NVQ within the 2-year life of the red CPCS Trained Operators Card to progress on to a blue CPCS Competent Operator Card.

Candidates who already hold the appropriate NVQ and provide proof of this (NVQ and unit credit certificates required) shall go straight to a blue CPCS Competent Operator Card.

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A61 Appointed Person Training Course CPCS training

CPCS A61 Appointed Person


5 Days

Aimed at

Those who are required to plan safe systems of work, using lifting equipment and have a thorough understanding of lifting operations. Candidates may be new to the role or have limited experience and for those currently planning lifting operations using mobile cranes without a formal qualification.

Entry Requirements

  • Good understanding of spoken and written English
  • Good hand/eye co-ordination
  • Have sufficient experience of cranes to meet the requirements specified in British standard 7121 Safe Use of Cranes, including prior relevant experience; academic and vocational qualifications; numerical and literary ability; and supervisory and management skills, and experience.
  • CITB Health, Safety and Environment Test (Managers & Professionals entry level) to have been passed within the previous 23 months before the course start date

Number of Delegates

  • Maximum of 8 per course

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Course Content

  • Legislation, standards, & guidance
  • Roles and responsibilities of personnel involved with lifting operations
  • Crane types, capabilities and limitations
  • Crane stability/ground conditions
  • Duty charts
  • Crane terminology
  • Proximity hazards
  • Documentation and certification for lifting equipment and lifting accessories
  • Methods of communication
  • Rated Capacity Indicators (RCI’s) and Safe Working Loads (SWL)
  • Types & safe use of lifting accessories
  • Slinging techniques
  • Mode factors & down rating of accessories
  • Sling angles & the effect on SWL
  • Planning a lifting operation
  • Prepare a Risk Assessment and Method Statement (RAMS)
  • Draw lift plans

CITB Health, Safety and Environment (HS&E) Test

All candidates participating on CPCS Technical Tests need to successfully complete the appropriate CITB Health, Safety and Environment must be current and in date, within the previous 23 months before the course start date. The CITB HS&E Test is an important way for construction workers to show they can work safely. For employers, having workers who have passed the CITB HS&E test is assurance that their workforce can keep themselves and those around them safe.

The CITB HS&E test forms a key part of the requirement to obtain a construction industry scheme card.

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