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NPORS Crane Supervisor (N405)


As vital as lifting operations are in construction and commercial works, they are high-risk environments and require specific training to ensure the safety of everyone involved. With different types of cranes, attachments and accessories to work with, and varying environment and landscape on each project, the role of a crane supervisor is critical to support the operator and others working with and around them.

This Crane Supervisor NPORS certification delivers the necessary skills, knowledge, and understanding to supervise a crane operator safely. It is specifically aimed at Plant Operators who require practical and theory-based training and assessment to operate as a crane supervisor.

Course Outline

Through a mix of practical and theory-based exercises and tutorials, delegates will cover manufacturer and general knowledge and responsibilities of lifting operations use while participating in practical plant operating activities, safety procedures, and best practices for crane use.

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 delegates will benefit from our custom-built training facilities and customer-first approach.

Occupationally and technically-experienced trainers coach delegates on this course, completing the session with an NPORS practical observation and short answer question paper.

They must pass to qualify for the:

  • NPORS/CSCS Construction Plant Operator Card, valid for two years.


  • Traditional Operators card, valid for three to five years depending on sector-specific or in-company requirements
Course Programme

This training is essential for workers to operate as a crane supervisor. Delegates will review legal requirements, ensure safety compliance, and understand procedures, appropriate documentation and classifications.

The course content includes:

  • The role and responsibilities of a crane supervisor
  • Overview of the industry, the dangers of working in the industry and the responsibilities of a crane/lift supervisor including daily/weekly checks of the machine
  • Locating and identifying different types of lifting equipment and lifting accessories and their basic construction, uses, applications and functions
  • How to interpret and extract information on all relevant documentation
  • Diverse types of communication methods used for lifting purposes
  • Procedures for placing non-serviceable items out-of-service
  • How to use RCIs and anti-collision systems and use the information provided
  • Setting up, erection levelling and dismantling requirements for diverse types of lifting equipment and lifts
  • Setting up exclusion zones, actions required for emergency actions and identifying overhead hazards
  • How to identify potential hazards and unsafe lifting practices using different lifting scenarios
  • All security checks for various types of loads and lifting accessories
  • All load balance and integrity procedures
  • How to supervise the movement of loads to different types of locations using different methods of communication
  • All environmental considerations, including issues that affect planning a lifting operation
  • All out-of-service and securing procedures
  • Health and safety legislation relating to Plant Operators
  • Theoretical knowledge of plant operations
  • All facets and functions of the equipment and the use of the crane operator's manual
  • Safe and best practice in practical crane and plant operating methods
On Completion

At the end of the training, successful delegates can safely and competently supervise the lifting operations of a crane on any given construction site.

On successful completion of the course:

Construction industry delegates

Operators will receive a Trained Operator CSCS/NPORS Card valid for two years from the test date.

In order to upgrade your CSCS/NPORS card you need to achieve the requisite (S)NVQ with the units applicable to the category (S) of plant held on their trained operator card

Non-construction industry delegates

Anyone operating in industry sectors other than construction is not required to hold an operator card bearing the CSCS logo and can have the NPORS (Traditional) Operator Card. 

End users can select three or five-year registrations for this card depending on sector-specific or in-company requirements. 

Who Should Attend?

This Crane Supervisor N405 NPORS Certification is for anyone requiring training and assessment to work as a crane supervisor. 

Course Duration

This comprehensive course trains delegates to safely and responsibly operate as a crane supervisor on-site. The training options vary to accommodate novices and seasoned delegates:

Novice training - three days with a maximum of six delegates 

Refresher training – one-day with a maximum of six delegates  

One-to-one and group training sessions are available. Please get in touch with 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 (ATO) by CITB, we provide quality training that meets the industry-approved standards.

Things You Need to Know

This Crane Supervisor N405 NPORS 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 any elements of the training. 

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.

No, but there are practical elements, so delegates should make their trainer aware of any special considerations.

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.

The Construction card has the CSCS logo and is recognised on Construction sites. First, you gain a trained two-year operator card, after which you need to complete an NVQ to earn a five-year competent card. The traditional card is valid for five years and is used more for related industries or self-owned firms.

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