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Appointed Person

Course Aim

The purpose of our CPCS A61 Appointed Person (Lifting Operations) training is to confirm that the candidate has the skills, knowledge and understanding to carry out a lift plan including method statement and risk assessment to ensure the lifting operation is carried out correctly and safely. 


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Appointed Person (Lifting Operations) training

Roles and Responsibilities


The Appointed Person (AP) is responsible for planning the lifting operations from beginning to end.

Although the AP is not obliged to be present on-site, their lift plan is in charge of the lift from the moment the crane arrives at the site entry to the “setting up” position, the crane set up, the lift, the crane takedown, and the crane egress from the site.

The AP can delegate specific duties to qualified individuals but cannot assign accountability.

Course Description

The Appointed Person (Lifting Operations) course will train you to:

  • Observe codes of British Standard 7121.
  • Understand crane documentation.
  • Understand crane stability, duty charts and safety devices.
  • Recognise the role of appointed persons.
  • Planning the lifting operation.
  • Ensuring the correct trained personnel for the lifting operation are briefed. 

How is the Course assessed?

The completed Appointed Person training ends with a theoretical and practical test.

What Certification will I receive?

Our Appointed Person training is CPCS accredited. After successful completion of the course, trainees would be given a CPCS Red Trained Operator Card.

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Duration- 5 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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