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Citrus Certified - Mobile Crane


Whether wheeled, lorry mounted, portal or trailer mounted, the mobile crane is a multi-functional mainstay in construction and engineering. It is highly versatile and easy to transport to site by design, with little to no adaptations or assembly required to get going. Mobile cranes are remote-controlled, self-propelled or fitted with hydraulics to lift loads and cargo for various projects such as bridge building, window installation, building renovations and more.

This Citrus certification delivers the necessary skills, knowledge, and understanding of mobile crane use, identifying and eliminating bad operational habits. It is specifically aimed at Plant Operators who require practical and theory-based training and assessment on a mobile crane.

Course Outline

With a mix of practical and theory-based exercises and tutorials, delegates will cover manufacturer and general knowledge and awareness of mobile crane use while participating in practical activities to recognise machine components and functions, safety procedures, and stability work.

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, 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 operate mobile cranes safely. Delegates will review legal requirements, ensure safety compliance, understand procedures and appropriate documentation and classifications.

The learnings will take delegates through;

  • Construction industry fundamentals and their role and responsibilities as a plant operator
  • Principal components, basic construction, controls and terminology
  • Manufacturer’s requirements as per the operator’s handbook
  • All relevant regulations and legislation
  • All relevant documentation
  • Pre-use machine checks
  • Configurations and settings for travel (site and highway)
  • Travelling the crane to an area of work
  • Manoeuvring in confined spaces
  • Configuring for lifting duties
  • Deploying outriggers to specification (where applicable)
  • Hazards, underground and overhead services
  • Rated Capacity Indicators for lifting duties
  • Lifting various loads using the full radius and slewing capabilities of a crane
  • Placing loads
  • Changing falls of rope on a hook block
  • Load swinging and how to manage it
  • Moving loads through machine travel (where applicable)
  • Safe working situations
  • Signals and instructions
  • Rigging and de-rigging procedures including fly jibs or boom extensions
  • Dismantling the crane in preparation for movement
  • Shut down and securing procedures
On Completion

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

  • Recognise and understand crane signals and instructions and how to react to them
  • Understand and carry out crane manoeuvre and positioning, including associated safety devices
  • Lift various loads with minimal load swinging
  • Conduct routine maintenance on a mobile crane
  • Taek action to identify and manage all hazards and promote safe working conditions
  • 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 mobile crane use
  • Carry out and instruct all setup and shut down procedures securely and safely
  • 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 Mobile Crane Citrus Certification is for Plant Operators who need practical and theory training and assessment on a mobile crane to carry out their work. The course is available to those who need the whole package and assessment-only options. 

Course Duration

This comprehensive course trains delegates to safely and responsibly work with mobile cranes on-site. The training options vary to accommodate novices and seasoned delegates:

Novice training - 10 days with a maximum of three delegates 

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

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

Assessment only - one-day session with a maximum of four 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

To truly benefit from this Citrus Certifed course, delegates will ideally have some prior experience and knowledge of lifting and working with cranes.

This 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 – Digital application.

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