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Level 5 NVQ Diploma in Controlling Lifting Operations - Planning Lifts (Construction)


Preparing the lift plan is critical for lifting operations on-site for Crane Supervisors and Operators to do their work and is managed by the Appointed Person. They are responsible for the execution and safety of a lifting operation, and while they may delegate work to other team members, they remain accountable for the procedure. 

This NOCN CSkills Level 5 NVQ Diploma in Controlling Lifting Operations - Planning Lifts (Construction) enables delegates to upgrade their CPCS or NPORS-CSCS trained operator card with an NVQ Diploma in Controlling Lifting Operations, certifying competence as an Appointed Person.

Course Outline

We assess this NVQ over three on-site assessments while the delegate carries out their day-to-day duties. Rather than producing a portfolio over time, our specifically assigned assessors gather evidence in photographs, videos, method statements and professional discussions to take forward for examination.

To pass this qualification, delegates must successfully complete and achieve all seven Mandatory Units.

Course Programme

Delegates taking this Level 5 Diploma in Controlling Lifting Operations - Planning Lifts will cover knowledge, skills and practices to learn the fundamentals of an appointed person in the construction sector.

Mandatory Units - must achieve all seven

  • Develop and maintain good working relationships
  • Plan lifting activities
  • Plan and establish health, safety, welfare and environmental systems for lifting operations
  • Plan work activities and resources to meet work requirements
  • Evaluate and select work methods
  • Plan the preparation of the site for the project
  • Identify, allocate and plan the deployment and use of plant, equipment or machinery
On Completion

Upon successfully completing this qualification, delegates will have the skills, knowledge, understanding, and competence to progress to a higher-level qualification in the same or similar occupational area. 

The awarding body is NOCN CSkills who are recognised as industry leaders in the construction industry. As a result of completing the NVQ Level 5 in Controlling Lifting Operations - Planning Lifts (Construction), delegates can upskill to the Blue Competent Operator Card. 

Who Should Attend?

Any person or employee who works within construction who needs to obtain a CSCS card and a nationally recognised qualification as an Appointed Person. This NVQ is also required for red CPCS Appointed Person trained operator cardholders and red NPORS-CSCS Appointed Person trained operator cardholders to upgrade to the Blue Competent Operator Card.

Course Duration

We advise between six and twelve months from induction to complete most Level 5 NVQs. The duration within this time depends on delegate experience, circumstances, and current work levels.

Why Citrus?

Quality and the customer experience are paramount to us here at Citrus. We 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, proudly working with 85 of the country’s top 100 building services companies to provide courses nationwide. 

Take an NVQ with Citrus Training, and delegates are allocated a dedicated Assessor whose role is to communicate with and support delegates throughout their NVQ. They do this through a mixture of face-to-face meetings, online meetings, and an e-portfolio system.

Our assessors are fully qualified and occupationally experienced from construction backgrounds to deliver Operation NVQ qualifications within Construction. They travel nationwide to provide the necessary support that our delegates need.

Working closely with our in-house support teams, among the largest in the UK, we provide a tailored mix of training, consultancy, and technical services. The result is comprehensive, high-quality training leaving delegates confident to do their job and our business customers satisfied with an excellent customer experience.

Things You Need to Know

The Level 5 NVQ Diploma in Controlling Lifting Operations - Planning Lifts qualification is designed to occur in a real workplace environment, which means delegates must be employed to take this qualification. 

Before taking this course, all delegates must have completed a Manager’s Health and Safety touch screen test within the past two years. Once they are registered, we will be able to apply for a one-year CPCS/NPORS Card extension. We will charge an additional fee for the card.

Delegates must inform their trainer before starting the course about any special considerations, medication or physical restrictions that may cause difficulties in any part of the training.

A CITB grant is available for companies registered with the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB). Enquire to learn more about funding options.

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

Once a delegate has completed their NVQ, their card will last 5 years. All they will need to do to renew is to complete a Healthy and Safety Touch Screen Test, while keeping log book hours. Your card will then be valid for another 5 years.

We offer NVQ in plant and lifting operations. We also offer supervisory and management NVQs.

Please contact one of the team. They will send over a quote along with our NVQ sign-up form for you to complete and return for each candidate you want to enrol.

We require a 50% initial payment, which is non-refundable and the remaining 50% is paid on completion.

NVQs can take between 6 to 18 months, depending on the NVQ you take. This can take longer if being completed as part of an apprenticeship. The assessor will arrange visits with you as needed until your portfolio is complete.

Once we have received your signed NVQ contract and initial payment, you will be allocated an assessor who will be in touch with you/your line manager to arrange your initial visit. This initial contact can take up to 6-8 weeks and subsequent visits will be arranged as needed.

Yes, please contact the team for details of a volume discount. We can also use a classroom delivery model for some NVQs, which can offer even further savings. 

No, an assessor requires access to visit you onsite for the completion of an NVQ.

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