How to become a Lifting Equipment Inspector. Firstly, what is a Lifting Equipment Inspector?

If your work place has lifting equipment or lifting accessories like the ones below, they are required by law to be checked and examined to ensure they are safe to use.

Lifting Equipment

Snatch block/ gin wheels, pull-lifts / lever hoists, hoists /runways, Tirfor type pull / lift machine, manual chain blocks, tripod & winch, fall protection equipment, safety harness / lanyards / fall arrest blocks are some examples of the lifting equipment used within the workplace that are covered on this course.

Lifting Accessories

Accessories include slings, shackles, hooks, wire rope, clamps, trolleys, grabs, beams.

The person carrying out these checks is a Lifting Equipment Inspector.  This check is officially called ‘A Report of Thorough Examination’ and is required to be conducted by a person appropriately practical who has the theoretical knowledge and experience of the lifting equipment to conduct the check.  This will enable them to identify defects or weaknesses and to assess their importance in relation to the safety and continued use of the lifting equipment.’

Although the competent person may often be employed by an external organisation, this is not necessary provided they are sufficiently independent and impartial to ensure that in-house examinations are made without fear or favour. However, this should not be the same person who undertakes routine maintenance of the equipment as they would then be responsible for assessing their own maintenance work.

We can train your staff to become a Lifting Equipment Inspector and they can then perform these Thorough Examinations in-house for your organisation.

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Lifting Inspector Course – How to become a Lifting Equipment Inspector

Kentra Training deliver a two day course called Report of Thorough Examination, this course will give persons attending the knowledge and the skills to be proficient in the assessment and inspection of small lifting equipment and accessories. Upon successful completion of the course candidates will be registered with our awarding body NPORS and will be able to complete a Thorough Examination Inspection report.

Details of the Course

National Plant Operators Registration Scheme (NPORS) are our Awarding Body.  The course we offer is registered and accredited to them NPORS N019 Report of Thorough Examination, details of the course are available on our blog What Do You Need To Become An Equipment Safety Inspector?

On there we detail the course content and learning outcomes together with lots more information about the course and accreditation available.

Next course dates

The Report of Thorough Examination course can be delivered on-site, where we come to you. This two day course is for up to 8 candidates, please drop us a line and we can arrange mutually convenient dates for the training.

Alternatively, and to be honest the more popular, are the open courses we run from our NPORS approved training centre, in Middlewich Cheshire. These courses can be attended on an individual basis (not many companies need more than one or two staff trained to be a Lifting Equipment Inspector) so you can join with others.

Please be assured that we are complying with all the COVID 19 government regulations that our training centre is as safe a possible.

The next two day course is scheduled for Tuesday 23rd & Wednesday 24th March.

For more details drop us a line via our ‘get in touch‘ page or just give us a call on 01606 832 556.


We look forward to helping you with your training to become a Lifting Equipment Inspector.   The Kentra Training Team


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