CPCS have announced the introduction of Lifting Operations Endorsement for A58 / A59 Excavator 360 Above and Below 10 tonnes. This training provision came into practice from 20th August 2012.

Course Aims

The current lifting activity within these categories has now been enhanced and offered as an endorsement to both the Excavator 360 below and above 10 tonnes. The test specification has been modularised to allow both the integration of the endorsement within the main examination, and as a stand-alone option for current cardholders.

Entry requirements

  • CITB Health, safety and environment test passed within two years before the course start date or CPCS test date.
  • Good understanding of spoken and written English. Please contact us if you have any concerns in this area.

Teaching and Assessment

  • Training Available on request
  • Half Hour  – CPCS  Theory Testing
  • 45 Mins – CPCS Practical Testing

Course Content


The theory test for A58 & A 59 will incorporate the questions for the category and the lifting operations into one test. A separate theory test has been devised for existing cardholders wanting to add the lifting operations endorsement only.


This has been modularised into two parts, part one for excavation and extraction, and part two for plant equipment lifting operations. Lifting endorsements can be taken as a standalone test, if candidate already holds A58/A59

Endorsement C is separate to A58/A59 A & B but to be awarded on a card, the candidate must also have achieved either A58/59 A and/or B practical.


On successful completion of the Theory or Practical tests the candidate is awarded the upgrade to their  Red Trained Operators Card or Blue Competent Operators Card.