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CPCS Excavator 360° - Lifting Operations (Bolt On Only)


Lifting is not the primary use of an excavator, but there are occasions where using one is the most appropriate route to take on a project. To use an excavator for lifting, additional machine checks and training for the operator must be in line with regulations and safety measures, namely CPCS Endorsement C. For example, excavators need different safety devices such as an acoustic warning device and a boom lowering device to lift.

This CPCS Excavator 360 Lifting Operations certification is a bolt-on course that delivers the necessary skills, knowledge, and understanding of lifting operations using an Excavator 360 and safely using it. It is solely for Plant Operators who already hold an A58 or A59 CPCS card and require additional practical and theory-based training and assessment to add lifting operations. 

Course Outline

With practical exercises and tutorials, delegates will cover relevant operational and safety requirements for operators lifting with 360-degree excavators and participate in practical activities to recognise machine components and functions, best practices, and operating methods. 

The course reflects national standards and industry best practices and is fully accredited in line with regulations. 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 guide delegates through this course, completing the session with a practical observation and short theory test. They must pass the assessment to qualify for the ​​Citrus Certificate, valid for three years. 

Delegates must hold their CPCS A58 or A59 card before taking this training.

Course Programme

This training is essential for experienced workers to learn how to lift using an excavator safely and correctly. Delegates will review legal requirements, ensure safety compliance, understand procedures and appropriate documentation and classifications.

The learnings will take delegates through:

  • Hazards of lifting with excavators  
  • Isolation of controls  
  • Travelling with suspended loads  
  • Planning and preparation of lifting operations with excavators  
  • Lifting operations practical and theoretical best practices  
  • The lifting point
  • Quick hitch latching devices and how to use them
  • Excavator requirements for lifting 
  • Manufacturers’ lifting capacity charts and restrictions
  • Radius and how to work the environment around the area
  • Lifting accessories - types, uses, and how to fit them
  • Pre-use checks, inspections and maintenance
  • Weekly inspections and maintenance needs  
On Completion

At the end of the training, successful delegates will:

  • Identify and rectify hazards of lifting with excavators
  • Manage isolation of controls  
  • Be confident travelling with suspended loads
  • Effectively plan lifting operations with excavators
  • Carry out safe and correct lifting operations  
  • Know the lifting point  
  • Be able to use quick hitch latching devices 
  • Understand excavator requirements for lifting 
  • Recognise and understand manufacturers lifting capacity charts 
  • Understand radius and how it works in excavator lifting operations  
  • Identify and use the correct lifting accessories 
  • Carry out pre-use checks, inspections, and maintenance
  • Conduct weekly inspections and maintenance programmes 

On successfully completing the course, delegates receive their new Red or Blue Competent Operator CPCS card with the Lifting Operations endorsement added to the 360 Excavator category. 

Who Should Attend?

This CPCS Lifting Operations bolt-on is only for delegates who already hold an A58 or A59 CPCS card and want to add lifting operations to their qualification.

Course Duration

This comprehensive course trains experienced delegates to safely and responsibly lift with an excavator.

Delegates that sat their original test before July 2012 may need to sit a theory assessment. If after this date you will be required to sit a Practical test

Preparation and Testing – two-day course split with training on day one and assessment on day two for a maximum of four delegates   

Assessment only - one-day session with a maximum of six delegates

Group sessions or one-to-one training options are available, talk to the team to find out more. 

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 by CITB, we provide quality training that meets the industry-approved standards (ATO).  

Things You Need to Know

Delegates must hold their CPCS A58 or A59 card before taking this training.

The course has practical elements, so delegates must 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 240v 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.

No, but there are practical elements, so delegates must inform their trainer if there is anything they need to consider before starting the course. 

Yes, delegates must hold either a CPCS A58 or A59 card qualification before taking this training. 

Most courses take place at a CPCS accredited centre. Others, such as the Crawler Crane, are available on client premises.

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. Please get in contact with us for site requirements. 

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