This is an off-centre category. Candidates must have access to equipment and a suitable site.

Lorry Loader

Course Aim

The CPCS A36 Lorry Loader training is designed for those who operate a lorry loader, also known as HIABs, lorry-mounted cranes. This training ensures that operators are always properly and safely trained to operate the equipment.


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Lorry Loader

Course Description

The course and assessment will include the following:

  • Describe the nature of the sector of industry and their role and responsibilities as a plant operator.
  • Name and explain the purpose of principal components, the basic construction, controls and terminology.
  • Confirm with the manufacturer’s requirements per the operator’s handbook, other information sources, and relevant regulations and legislation.
  • Explain all relevant documentation.
  • Undertake all pre-use checks on the host vehicle and loader crane.
  • Configure the vehicle and loader crane to be ready for travel.
  • Travel the vehicle to an area of work.
  • Manoeuvre in confined spaces.
  • Position and configure the vehicle and loader crane for lifting duties
  • Deploy the stabilisers to specification
  • Explain action required for hazards, underground and overhead services
  • Program/set – up and comply with Rated Capacity Indicators or Load Moment Indicators for lifting duties.
  • Identify weights and centres of gravity of loads.
  • Lift various loads using the loader crane’s full radius and slewing capabilities.
  • Place loads accurately at designated positions, including on/into and from the vehicle.
  • Explain the use of, types and fitting of boom extensions.
  • Minimise 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 shutdown and securing procedures.

How is the Course assessed?

The completed lorry loader training ends with a theoretical and practical test. For experienced workers, it takes 2 days to complete, whereas inexperienced (freshers) workers can complete this in 3-5 days.

What Certification will I receive?

Our lorry loader training is CPCS accredited. After successfully completing the course, trainees would be given a CPCS Red Trained Operator Card.

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Duration- 3 Days

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Types of Cards

Trained Operator Card (RED)

The CPCS Red Card, also known as the Trained Operator Card, is a card provided by the CPCS for those that are at the initial stage of their career in plant operation. This card verifies the core skills and knowledge to work in their chosen field (under supervision) while they complete the applicable SVQ or NVQ or other relevant vocational qualifications.

Once you've received 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.


Competent Operator Card (BLUE)

A Competent Operator Card (COC) is a standardized document issued by the UK's Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) that allows individuals to become authorized construction site supervisors. It confirms that the holder has demonstrated a level of health and safety awareness through a competency based-test, underpinning knowledge previously through a CPCS theory test, operating ability previously through a CPCS practical test, and operating competence on the type of plant (evidenced by an SVQ or NVQ or employer confirmation of competence).

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