Appointed Person

This NPORS Appointed Person (AP) Lifting Operations course is aimed at anyone who is required to plan safe systems of work using lifting equipment.

It is recommended that prior to attending this course individuals should have some previous experience of working with lifting equipment, especially mobile cranes. Successful candidates will be awarded a certificate of training along with a photo ID card endorsed with the category ‘Appointed Person’. Please note that on major construction sites this may not satisfy the training requirements where a CPCS card is required.

Course TitleAppointed Person
Course DurationUp to Five Days (Dependent on Experience)
DelegatesMaximum 6 Delegates

It is envisaged that by the end of this NPORS Appointed Person (AP) Lifting Operations course of training the learner will be able to answer questions on and perform the following:

  • Have a basic understanding of the Industry, the dangers of working in the industry and their responsibilities as an Appointed Person
  • Explain the duties and responsibilities of: Crane/Lift Supervisor, Crane Operator, Slinger/Signaller, Crane Erector and Maintenance personnel.
  • Demonstrate and explain how to interpret and extract information on all relevant documentation including legislation, regulations, codes of practice that relate to all lifting operations and duties
  • Explain and identify the different requirements to be followed for the lifting of persons, a basic lift, standard lift, complex lift and additional requirements for lifting from height
  • Explain the notification process and the requirements for reporting procedures to authorities, Utility bodies and any other parties if affected by the lifting operation.
  • Identify different types of cranes, their capabilities ad limitations for lifting.
  •  Explain the maintenance, inspection, thorough examination and testing requirements for lifting equipment and all accessories.
  • Explain setting up, erection, levelling ad dismantling requirements for diverse types of lifting equipment and lifts.
  • Explain and demonstrate how to calculate point loadings and outrigger loadings, spreader mat types and sizes.
  • Explain the function and use of RCI, LMI and anti-collision systems and utilise the information provided.
  • Demonstrate and explain the selection of the correct cranes for specified lifts including all accessories, ensuring correct duties charts, range diagrams and specification sheets.
  • List and explain relevant information relating to different types of lifting accessories and explain their applications.
  • Explain and demonstrate different slinging techniques, calculating sling sizes and angles, balanced and unbalanced, centres of gravity and loose loads etc.
  • Identify weights and centres of gravity for various types of loads, and specify appropriate lifting accessories for various types of load.
  • Demonstrate and illustrate different types of communication methods for lifting purposes and state. 
  • Explain the importance of completing a reflective report on a lifting operation
  • Identify and demonstrate how to and plan an area with exclusion zones for diverse lifting operations identifying and proximity/underground hazards from supplied plans and drawings.
  • Identify and plan an area with exclusion zones for diverse lifting operations identifying safe access and egress before, during and after any lifting operation.
  • Explain and identify the requirements for site safe access and egress for different types of lifting equipment 
  • Demonstrate how to construct a safe system of work by producing risk assessments, method statements and lift plans with information supplied.
  • Prepare and explain lift plan information to all personnel involved in lifting operations
  • Specify and explain positioning of the crane and load, identifying limiting factors and immovable obstructions that must be considered.
  • Identify and explain how environmental factors outside the lift zone but within the surrounding area can effect planned lifting operations and the possible outcomes.
  • Legislation-LOLER, PUWER, HASAWA
  • Codes of Practice-BS7121
  • Roles and Responsibilities (Lifting Operations)
  • Crane Types, Capabilities and Limitations
  • Duty Charts
  • Documentation and certification
  • Crane Stability/Ground conditions
  • Rated capacity and safe working loads
  • Lifting Accessories Types and Use
  • Slinging Techniques
  • Down Rating Accessories
  • Sling Angles
  • Communication
  • Planning and Lifting Operation
  • Writing a Risk Assessment/Method Statement