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Citrus Certified - Crane Lifting Operations Supervisor


A crane lifting supervisor oversees and takes responsibility for the movement of all lifting operations on site. With acute awareness, knowledge and understanding of the law relating to lifting operations, the supervisory role ensures the safety and effectiveness of the team through compliance and strict regulatory conduct. 

Not all lifts require direct supervision, such as routine lifting by fork-lift operators, but the supervisory role is critical for a safe and effective outcome on more complex or hazardous operations.

This Citrus certification delivers the necessary skills, knowledge, and understanding of lifting operations, identifying and eliminating bad operational habits and enforcing safe practice. It is specifically aimed at Plant Operators who require practical and theory-based training and assessment work as a Crane Lifting Operations Supervisor.

Course Outline

With a mix of practical and theory-based exercises and tutorials, delegates will cover machine manufacturers, 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 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 coach delegates on this course, assessing throughout and 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 essential for workers to supervise lifting operations. Delegates will review legal requirements, ensure safety compliance, understand procedures and appropriate documentation and classifications.

The learnings will take delegates through;

  • The relevant legislation in controlling crane operations
  • In-depth explanations of BS7121 & LOLER regulations
  • Crane appreciation
  • Crane stability and the associated safety devices
  • Lifting accessories - purpose and correct handling
  • Safe slinging - practices and equipment
  • Mobile crane selection
  • Identifying and understanding crane signals
  • Risk Assessments and Method Statements
  • How to supervise a lifting scenario
  • A Practical induction
On Completion

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

  • Implement safe lifting operations
  • Effectively communicate lift plans to all relevant parties
  • Recognise and understand crane signals and how to react to them
  • Understand and carry out crane positioning, including associated safety devices
  • Conduct routine maintenance on plant lifting equipment
  • Retain the basic theory of power units, control systems and transmission systems
  • Programme and understand safe load indicators and duties charts
  • Confidently know the relevant legislation, statutory regulations and Codes of Practice for plant lifting equipment
  • Practice safe slinging
  • Understand structural strength, shock loading, stability and load-displacement.

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

Who Should Attend?

This Citrus Certification is for Plant Operators who need practical and theory training and assessment as a Crane Lifting Operations Supervisor to carry out their work. The course is available to those who need the whole package and assessment-only options. 

Course Duration

Our comprehensive course trains delegates to safely and responsibly work as the Crane Lifting Operations Supervisor on-site. The training options vary to accommodate novices and seasoned delegates alike:

Novice training - three days with a maximum of six delegates 

Refresher training – two days with day one for training and day two for assessment with a maximum of six delegates  

Preparation and Testing – one day course split with training in the morning and assessment in the afternoon for a maximum of six delegates 

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

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 some experience and knowledge of slinging and working with cranes before taking this course.

The training 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 - 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.

Ideally, delegates will have experience and knowledge of slinging and working cranes before taking this course.

No – digitial application.

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

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