A62 Crane / Lifting Operations Supervisor

Course Aims

To provide high quality training and testing this course is suitable for supervisors and managers with responsibility for lifting operations.

This course will enable you to undertake the duties of a crane supervisor as defined by the appointed person.

You will learn how to comply with legislation,regulations, Codes of Practice and industrial requirements.

On successful completion of the CPCS Technical tests you will receive the CPCS Red Trained Operator Card.

Entry requirements

  • This course is suitable for supervisors and managers with responsibility for supervising lifting operations. You should have sufficient experience of cranes to meet the requirements specified in British standard 7121 Safe Use of Cranes.
  • Crane supervisor is a highly responsible role and only suitable personnel will be selected
  • When you book the course, you will be asked to complete a self-profiling form to help you determine your level of knowledge.
  • You must have passed a CITB Health, Safety and Environment test for supervisors within the last two years.
  • Good understanding of spoken and written English. Please contact us if you have any concerns in this area.

Teaching and Assessment

  • 2 Days Training – Classroom-based  and Practical Training
  • 1 Day – CPCS Testing

Course Content

  • Explain the duties and responsibilities of: an Appointed Person, a Crane Supervisor, a Crane Operator, a Slinger Signaller, a Crane Erector and maintenance personnel
  • State basic requirements of legislation, regulations, and codes of practice that relate to all types of lifting duties
  • Explain additional requirements for loads to be lifted from height
  • Explain maintenance, inspections, thorough examination and testing requirements for lifting equipment and accessories
  • State requirements that allow safe site access and egress for typical lifting equipment
  • Describe setting up, erection, levelling and dismantling requirements for different types of lifting equipment and lifts
  • Explain the function and use off, and use information provided by RCIs and anti-collision systems
  • 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 thorough examination reports, etc.
  • Verify  sling sizes and angles
  • Explain slinging techniques for given loads including balanced, unbalanced and loose
  • Verify appropriate lifting accessories for given types of loads in accordance with a given method statement
  • Confirm  weights and centres of gravity for different types of loads in accordance with a given method statement
  • Describe and demonstrate different types of communication methods for lifting purposes
  • Communicate the lift plan information to others involved in a lifting operation
  • Report and explain positive and negative aspects of a typical lift following the operation to the Appointed Person
  • Identify potential hazards and unsafe lifting practices using given lifting scenarios
  • Evaluate and explain how environmental factors and the surrounding area, external to the lift zone, can affect the planned lifting operation
  • Prepare an area, with exclusion zones, from given lifting plans, ensuring safe access / egress routes before, during and after the lift
  • Mark the position of lifting equipment according to a given lift plan
  • Verify potential proximity and underground hazards from given plans and drawings
  • Confirm personnel requirements to meet the lift plan
  • Mark the position of lifting accessories and prepare load spreading systems as required
  • Confirm lifting equipment configurations from given plans
  • Control a lifting operation using a given lift plan


On successful completion of the Theory & Practical tests the candidate is awarded the Red Trained Operators Card which is valid for two years.

Next Steps

Register and complete the NVQ level 3 for the Blue Competent Operators Card which is valid for five years.