CPCS A61 Appointed Person Training
Duration 5 days
Course Content Through a combination of targeted training and experience, an appointed person will be able to:
  • Explain the duties and responsibilities of: an Appointed Person, a Crane Supervisor, a Crane Operator, a Slinger, a signaler, a crane erector, and maintenance personnel.
  • State basic requirement of legislation, regulations, and Codes of Practice that relate to all types of lifting duties.
  • Identify the requirements for basic, standard and complex lifts.
  • State requirements to be followed when planning the lifting of persons.
  • Explain additional requirements for loads to be lifted from height.
  • Describe notification, liaising and reporting procedures to statuary, authority, and utility bodies when affected by the lifting operation, i.e. works, railways, highways, airfields, etc.
  • Identify different types of cranes, and explain their capabilities and limitations for given lifting operations.
  • Explain maintenance, inspection, thorough examination and testing requirements for lifting equipment and accessories.
  • Describe setting up, erection, leveling and dismantling requirements for different types of lifting equipment and lifts.
  • Calculate lifting equipment point loadings/outriggers loadings, spreader mat types and sizes from given information.
  • Explain the function and use off, and use information provided by, RCIs and anti – collision systems.
  • Select the correct crane for specific specified lifts and utilize accessories Inc: swing ways, stingers, powered boom extensions etc. extra ballast plus duties chart, range diagrams and specification sheets.
  • List different types of lifting accessories and explain typical applications.
  • Identify and explain relevant information relating to different types of lifting accessories i.e. markings, certificates and through examination reports, etc.
  • Calculate sling size 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.  
  • Position and configure the vehicle and loader crane for lifting duties
  • Deploy the stabilizers to specification
  • Explain action required for hazards, underground and overhead services.
  • Program/set – up and/or comply with Rated Capacity Indicators or Load Moment Indicators for lifting duties.
  • Identify weights and centers of gravity of loads.
  • Lift various loads using the full radius and slewing capabilities of the loader crane.
  • Place loads accurately at designated positions including on/into and from the vehicle.
  • Explain the use of, types and fitting of boom extensions.
  • Minimize the swinging loads.
  • Secure loads on or in the vehicle.
  • Explain different types of lifting accessories compatible with loader crane use.
  • Maintain safe working situations.
  • Carry out shut down and securing procedures.

Course Aims
The CPCS A61 course aims to provide the candidate with a thorough practical and theory training in the role of an Appinted Person in order to to enable the candidate to pass the CPCS Theory and Practical Tests.

Course Requirement All visitors must report to reception on arrival and follow site safety rules at all times.

There are no catering facilities on site, so delegates need to provide their own lunch. There are tea and coffee facilities available.

Candidates must bring and wear their PPE on site for plant testing. They must also bring signature and photographic identification as required for all testing.

A CITB Managerial and Professional H&S Test passed within the last 2 years is required for this course.

The CPCS Theory test is recorded digitally by the tester to ensure adherence with CPCS Standards. The CPCS Practical test may be recorded using a Video recorder if the CPCS request it.
Examination Board
The Construction Plant Competence Scheme (CPCS) is recognised by the UK Contractors Group (UKCG) and Major Home Builders Group (MHBG) as the preferred card to comply with codes of practice for competence and certification. It was launched in 2003 to help them comply with regulations and requirements and aims to apply common standards for all plant operators.

CPCS is owned by the Construction Industry Training Board (otherwise known as CITB). 
For more information visit their website at www.citb.co.uk.

Assessment To achieve the Red CPCS Trained Operator Card candidates must pass both the CPCS Theory Test and the Practical Test.

These tests can be viewed online by clicking here.
Refresher / Re-qualification Information Once you have achieved your Red CPCS Trained Operator Card it lasts 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. 

* All prices exclude VAT at 20%.

Erith weekend courses are £995+Vat
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Bromsgrove13 May 202413, 14, 15, 16, 17 May 20248:00am - 4:30pm0
Bridgwater03 Jun 202403, 04, 05, 06, 07 June 20248:00am - 4:30pm8
Bromsgrove17 Jun 202417, 18, 19, 20, 21 June 20248:00am - 4:30pm7
Bromsgrove08 Jul 202408, 09, 10, 11, 12 July 20248:00am - 4:30pm8
Bridgwater15 Jul 202415, 16, 17, 18, 19 July 20248:00am - 4:30pm8