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Citrus Certified - Appointed Person


Put simply, the appointed person in lifting operations is responsible for the safe execution of a lifting operation. While they can delegate duties and responsibilities, the appointed person is responsible for ensuring that every lifting operation is properly planned, appropriately supervised and carried out in a safe manner.

This Citrus certification delivers the necessary skills, knowledge, and understanding of lifting operations, identifying and enforcing safe practice. It is specifically aimed at supervisors and managers who require practical and theory-based training and assessment as an appointed person.

Course Outline

Theory-based training with exercises and tutorials, delegates will cover manufacturer, and general knowledge and awareness of lifting operations use while participating in practical plant operating activities, safety procedures, and best practices.

The course reflects national standards and industry best practices and is fully accredited in line with BS7121. In addition, choose to learn with Citrus, and we can tailor courses to fit your specific training needs, with the added flexibility provided by our custom-built training facilities and customer-first approach to how we work.

Our occupationally and technically-experienced trainers coach delegates on this course, completing the session with a question and answer paper and practical assessment to follow.

They must pass the assessment to qualify for the Citrus Certificate and Citrus ID Card, valid for three years.

Course Programme

This training is for supervisors and managers that need to qualify as an Appointed Person on site. Delegates will review legal requirements, ensure safety compliance, and understand procedures and appropriate documentation and classifications.

The learnings will take delegates through;

  • Legislation controlling crane operations.
  • BS7121/LOLER Regulations.
  • Lifting equipment appreciation.
  • Drawing workshops.
  • Lifting equipment stability
  • Lifting accessories.
  • Planning lifting operations.
  • Risk assessments and method statements.
  • Lifting equipment specifications.
  • Temporary works.
  • Effects of wind on lifting operations.
  • Fatigue in lifting operations.
  • Planning a lift scenario.
  • Question and answer session
On Completion

At the end of the training, successful delegates will be able to:

  • Implement safe lifting operations
  • Retain theoretical knowledge of plant operations.
  • Understand the operator's responsibilities relating to daily/weekly checks of the machine.
  • Recognise the equipment and use of the Operator's manual
  • Promote and implement safe and best practices in practical plant operating methods (unless a theory only version of the course has been booked).
  • Confidently know the relevant legislation, statutory regulations and Codes of Practice for plant lifting equipment

On successful completion of the course, delegates receive their Citrus Certificate and Citrus Training ID card, valid for three years.

Who Should Attend?

This Appointed Person programme is for managers, supervisors and anyone with day-to-day responsibilities in planning and approving safe systems of work for lifting operations. The course includes comprehensive content on planning lifts, interpreting and applying sections 1, 2, 3 and 4 of the BS 7121 Safe Use of Cranes, and understanding LOLER Regulations.

Course Duration

This comprehensive four-day course trains delegates to work safely and responsibly as the Appointed Person on-site. 

Why Citrus?

We dedicate our efforts to unrivalled quality and the customer experience at Citrus Training, working tirelessly to provide exemplary service to our clients and produce excellent results from our delegates. As a result, we are the leading UK-based provider of health, safety, and technical training and assessment services to the Built Environment and Utility sectors. 

We have over 30 specialist Plant and Lifting trainers and assessors, coaching and testing nationwide to meet any specific needs of our clients. With a wealth of experience and expertise, they have successfully trained over 25,000 delegates across the Plant and NVQ training categories.

Our facilities include six technical centres with the capacity for delivering Plant Training across the UK. And our national, accredited Training and Test Centres are fully equipped to provide CPCS and CSCS accredited courses. In addition, as an approved NPORS training provider, we can also offer on-site training and testing nationwide. 

Finally, as an Approved Training Organisation (ATO) by CITB, we provide quality training that meets the industry-approved standards . 

Things You Need to Know

Delegates will ideally have knowledge and experience of cranes and lifting operations. For those with little or no, we advise gaining some core knowledge, for example, studying BS7121 and their own company standards for lifting operations, crane load charts and other supporting material. This will significantly aid their learning for the Appointed Person course.

While the training is theory-based, we advise delegates to inform their trainer if they have any serious health issues, physical problems, special considerations or are taking any medication, which may create difficulties in conducting elements of this training course. 

For training held at your location, please ensure that the classroom you make available has a power supply and is a suitable size for the number of delegates attending. In addition, please ensure that the practical area has been risk-assessed, is free from harm, and is ideal for training. 

If you are a CITB Levy payer, you can claim a CITB Grant for this course. Once you have booked please contact us with your CITB number and we can assist you in claiming the funds.

Popular FAQ's

Yes - delegates need to have a good understanding of the English language to take the course.

Yes - you need to make sure your premises have a 240v power supply, that your classroom is big enough and that the practical area has been risk-assessed and suitable before any training takes place.

No – online application

The Appointed Person plans the lifting operations and is responsible for crane selection, calculations, producing drawings producing risk assessments, method statments (lift plans). The Crane Lifting Operations Supervisor is responsible for carrying out the lift in accordance with those plans.

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