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CPCS Mobile Crane Operator (A60C)


This course is aimed at individuals working on sites which require workers to be a part of the CPCS scheme. Upon successful completion of the course, candidates will be able to rig and de-rig an all-terrain mobile crane, operate the crane to lift, transfer and position loads and carry out routine maintenance.

Who is it for?

Candidates must have a LGV2 licence minimum along with an Operatives level health & safety touch screen test in place (taken within the last 2 years) to be eligible for this course. Please see the CITB website for more details: http://www.citb.co.uk/cards-testing/health-safety-environment-test/

Candidates must have a good understanding of written and spoken English.

Course Content

Topics covered during this course include:

  • Legislation – LOLER, PUWER, HASAWA, codes of practice – BS7121
  • Roles and responsibilities of personnel involved with lifting operations
  • Crane appreciation – crane types, capabilities and limitations
  • Duty charts
  • Crane terminology
  • Documentation and certification for lifting equipment and lifting accessories
  • Crane stability/ground conditions
  • Rated Capacity Indicator (RCI) and Safe Working Loads (SWL)
  • Lifting accessories, types of accessories and use
  • Sling angles
  • Communications (Radio, verbal and hand signals etc)
  • Rigging and De-rigging of cranes according to written instructions
  • Configuring cranes according to work specifications
  • Hoisting, slewing and derricking following the instruction of the slinger/signaller
  • Controlling load movement
  • Routine maintenance
  • Use of crane on free on wheels duties (if required)
  • Use of crane on pick and carry duties (if required)


Course duration is subject to the prior experience and ability of the candidate. Please call or email for a quote.


Successful candidates will be issued with a two year red CPCS Trained Operator card endorsed with the Mobile Crane Operator category.

Next Steps

To obtain a 5 year blue Competent Operator card in this category, candidates must register for and complete the Level 2 NVQ Diploma in Plant Operations. They may also choose to extend their knowledge further by taking another CPCS course enabling them to act as a different member of crane personnel.