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Non-CPCS Appointed Person

Following successful completion of the course candidates will be able to identify and implement safe systems of work for basic and standard lifting operations including writing risk assessments and method statements.

Who is it for?

-This course is aimed at individuals who are required to plan safe systems of work using lifting equipment such as mobile cranes and who will be working on Non-CPCS governed sites. The content is designed to provide candidates with sufficient underpinning knowledge in order for them to understand the role and responsibility of the Appointed Person.

-It is recommended that prior to attending this course individuals should have some basic experience of working with lifting equipment, especially mobile cranes.

-You must have a good understanding of written and spoken English (link to example text).

-You will be required to produce scale drawings, use formulae and complete calculations, so a certain degree of mathematical competence is necessary (link to examples of maths expected).

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 including selection and competencies
  • Crane appreciation – crane types, capabilities and limitations
  • Duties charts
  • Crane terminology
  • Documentation and certification for lifting equipment and lifting accessories
  • Crane stability/ground conditions
  • Safe Load Indicators (SLI) and Safe Working Loads (SWL)
  • Types of lifting accessories and safe use
  • Slinging techniques
  • Down rating of accessories
  • Sling angles and the affect on SWL
  • Methods of communication
  • Planning a lifting operation
  • Writing a risk assessment and writing a method statement



Three days


Candidates will be issued with an Appointed Person certificate and photo card with a three year expiry date.

Next Steps

When the card reaches expiry, candidates may return to attend the Appointed Person Refresher.