CPCS A61 Appointed Person - Qualification Title: CSkills Awards L5 NVQ Diploma in Controlling Lifting Operations - Planning Lifts (Construction) (QCF) 6 - 9 months. Code: QUA919. Please call for help and information 0844 225 0240

Pre Course Requirement

Anyone wishing to attempt a CPCS Technical Test leading to the award of a CPCS card MUST have evidence that they have undertaken and passed the relevant Health, Safety & Environment Test within the last 2 years of taking the technical test.

This is a 45 minute touch screen multiple choice test consisting of 50 questions. This test can be taken at various Pearson Vue test centres though out the country, you can arrange your own test and locate your nearest test centre by clicking here. Person Vue

For the CPCS Appointed Person course you would need The Health Safety & Environment test for Managers and Professionals (MAP).

Revision is strongly recommended for the Health & Safety Test; revision books, DVDs and downloads are available from CITB store

The Mobile Phone App is available from iTunes

Also a good understanding of spoken and written English. Please contact us if you have any concerns in this area.

For the CPCS Appointed Person course a thorough understanding of lifting operations is required.

About the data we need from you:

In order to process the booking we will ask for the following information:
- Company Name
- Company Address
- Company Invoice Address 
- Your Contact Telephone Number
- Your Email Address 

In order to register the candidate for the test we are required to gather the following information about you: 

- Name 
- Date of Birth
- Scheme registration number if known (if not then we will gain this by accessing your Cskills record online)
- National Insurance Number 
- Email 

We need this information to verify your identity and ensure we locate the correct record on the system. This information is shared only with CPCS and the awarding body Cskills and no other body or organisation (Ainscough Training certification will not be shared at all). For more details on our privacy statement please click: https://www.ainscoughtraining.co.uk/news.asp

Target Delegates

This course is aimed at service leavers who wish to use their ELCAS funding to gain a career in Lifting Operations as an Appointed Person.  On successful completion they will achieve the CSkills Awards L5 NVQ Diploma in Controlling Lifting Operations (Code QUA919) - Planning Lifts (Construction) (QCF) and the Blue CPCS card, which is accepted on any UK Contractors Site (UKCG) 

Course Content

Level 5 NVQ Diploma in Controlling Lifting Operations - Planning Lifts


Qualification Code: QUA919
Qualification Title: Level 5 NVQ Diploma in Controlling Lifting Operations – Planning Lifts
CPCS Card: (if applicable):Appointed Person (A61)
Awarding Body: CSkills Awards 
Expected Completion Time: as quickly as needed. Maximum time frame 6-9 months 

Prior to the Assessment you will attend a 5 day CPCS Appointed Person course:

Course Aim and Contents:

The aim of this course is to provide candidates with underpinning knowledge in order for them to
understand the role and responsibility of the Appointed Person. Following successful completion of
the course candidates will be able prepare and implement safe systems of work for lifting operations
including writing risk assessments and method statements.

Topics covered during this course include:

  • Legislation ‐ LOLER, PUWER, HASAWA
  • Codes of practice ‐ BS7121 part 1 and BS712 part 3
  • Roles and responsibilities of personnel involved with lifting operations
  • Crane appreciation ‐ crane types, capabilities and limitations
  • Duty charts
  • Crane terminology
  • Site access and egress
  • Documentation and certification for lifting equipment and lifting accessories
  • Crane stability/ground conditions
  • Rated Capacity Indicators (RCI’s) and Safe Working Loads (SWL)
  • Selection of lifting accessories
  • Types of accessories and use
  • Mode factors for accessories
  • Down rating of accessories
  • Sling angles
  • Communications
  • Planning a lifting operation
  • Writing a risk assessment (End test)
  • Writing a method statement (End test)

The date for your Level 5 NVQ Diploma in Controlling Lifting Operations – Planning Lifts will be arranged on an individual basis.

Please note that the CPCS Technical (Theory) test questions are available to review prior to attending the course. Please click hyperlink below:

A61 Theory Test Questions 


On Successful completion of the process the candidate will be awarded the CSkills Awards L5 NVQ Diploma in Controlling Lifting Operations - Planning Lifts (Construction) (QCF) (Code QUA919)

Provided the candidate has an in date MAP Health & Safety Test the Blue Competent Operator Card can then be applied for. These cards last for 5 years.

Next Stage

The CSkills Awards L5 NVQ Diploma in Controlling Lifting Operations - Planning Lifts (Construction) (QCF) is a life long qualification, however if you wish to renew your CPCS blue card please click the link below:

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