We specialise in providing a wide variety of courses including this N401 Appointed Person course.  This course is the next step on the ladder for Slingers, and progression from Crane Lift Supervisors to becoming the Appointed person responsible for crane lifts.   At this high level, this course is in-depth and delivered using a mixture of both classroom based tutorial and practical machine siting for the novice course, testing and a final course assessment.

Aims and Objectives

On completion of the course, each candidate will have a working knowledge of relevant legislation and will be conversant in producing valid risk assessments, method statements and lift plans, ensuring the safe and proper use of Mobile Cranes and other relevant Lifting Equipment.

Delegate Eligibility – Entry Requirements

This course is designed for candidates who already have Lifting Operation experience, a student self profile form is available for candidates can use as a self grading tool as an indication of the suggested training route required.

Course Duration

There are 2 levels of experience

  • Novice: Where full training is required. 6 Candidates: 1 Lifting Machine: 1 Instructor: Duration 5 days
  • Refresher and Test: Where candidates require refresher training and may need some remedial tuition. 6 Candidates: 1 Lifting Machine: 1 Instructor: 1 Day

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Course Content
  • The Health & Safety at Work Act 1974
  • The Lifting Operations & Lifting Equipment Regs 1998 (LOLER)
  • The Provision & Use of Work Equipment Regs 1998 (PUWER)
  • BS 7121 Part 1 : Safe us of Cranes
  • Duties of the Health & Safety Executive
  • HSE Guideline L113 and the CPA Code of Practice.
  • Site Safety Awareness : Safety Management.
  • Accidents Case History’s
  • Slinging Techniques : Weight Estimation
  • Inspection of Lifting Equipment
  • Selection and Sitting of a suitable Crane
  • Management and Planning of the Lifting Operation
  • Hazard Spotting – Risk Assessments & Method Statements
  • Assessment – Plan a Lifting Operation using a site plan
  • Method Statements & Risk Assessments relating to the above exercise
Learning Outcomes
  • Have a basic understanding of the dangers and their responsibilities as an Appointed Person
  • Explain the duties and responsibilities of crane lift supervisor, crane operator, slinger signaller, crane erector and maintenance personnel
  • Demonstrate and explain how to interpret and extract information on all relevant documentation including legislation, regulations, codes of practice that relate to all lifting operations and duties
  • Explain and identify the different requirements to be followed for the lifting of persons, basic lift, standard lift, complex lift and additional requirements from height
  • Explain the notification process and the requirements for reporting procedures to Authorities, Utility Bodies, and any other parties if affected by the lifting operation
  • Identify different types of cranes, their lifting capabilities and limitations for lifting
  • Explain the maintenance, inspection, thorough examination and testing requirements for lifting equipment and all accessories
  • Explain setting up, erection, levelling and dismantling requirements for diverse types of lifting equipment and lifts
  • Explain and demonstrate how to calculate point loadings and outrigger loadings spreader mat types and sizes
  • Explain the function and use of the RCI, LMI and anti-collision systems and utilise the information provided
  • Demonstrate and explain the selection of the correct cranes for specified lifts including all accessories, ensuring correct duties charts, range diagrams and specification sheets
  • List and explain relevant information relating to different types of lifting accessories and explain their applications
  • Explain and demonstrate different slinging techniques, calculating sling sizes and angles, balanced and unbalanced, centres of gravity and loose loads etc
  • Identify weights and centres of gravity for various types of loads and specify appropriate lifting accessories for various types of load
  • Demonstrate and illustrate different types of communication methods for lifting purposes and state
  • Explain the importance of completing a reflective report on a lifting operation
  • Identify and demonstrate any proximity/underground hazards from supplied plan and drawings
  • Identify and plan an area with exclusion zones for diverse lifting operations identifying safe access and egress before, during and after operation
  • Explain and identify the requirements for safe site access and egress for different types of lifting operations
  • Demonstrate how to construct a safe system of work by producing risk assessments, method statements and lift plans with information supplied
  • Identify and plan an area with exclusion zones for diverse lifting operations identifying safe access and egress before, during and after operation
  • Explain and identify the requirements for safe site access and egress for different types of lifting operations
  • Demonstrate how to construct a safe system of work by producing risk assessments, method statements and lift plans with information supplied

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Certification & Validation

This course can be registered with our awarding body NPORS or accredited by us Kentra Training. We are a registered training provider and our cards are suitable for the HSE and insurances.

So candidates successfully completing this course will receive one of the following:

  • Kentra Training course validation and plastic (credit card size) ID card
  • NPORS registration and plastic ID card N401 Appointed Person

If NPORS is required we will need to notify them prior to the course, so please mention this when booking.

Our instructor will take the candidates picture on the day of training, which will appear on their ID cards.

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The technical bit…


The law says that all lifting operations involving lifting equipment must be properly planned by a competent person; appropriately supervised; and carried out in a safe manner. ‘Organisation of lifting operations
8.—(1) Every employer shall ensure that every lifting operation involving lifting equipment is—
(a)properly planned by a competent person;
(b)appropriately supervised; and
(c)carried out in a safe manner.
(2) In this regulation “lifting operation” means an operation concerned with the lifting or lowering of a load.

Course Requirements

This course can be delivered on-site where we come to you and use your equipment, alternatively you can come to us and we will provide everything you need for the course.

On-site Course Requirements

You will need:

  • A room for the theory session and a safe area for the practical session.
  • The trainee will be assessed throughout the course by continual assessment including a theory test and assignment.

Novice Appointed Person

  • The training course will consist of 2 theory session days, a practical session on the 4th day where a crane will be required for the candidate to site and conduct a lift. The fifth day would be for Theory test and completion of an assignment. A Lifting machine will be required on day 4.
  • The Instructor is required to see the LOLER certificate for all equipment used for the practical sessions before commencement of the course.
  • Candidates will need to know their own date of birth and National Insurance number.
Training Centre Course Requirements

Appointed Person refresher training course can be conducted at our training centre, in Middlewich. We can conduct the theory part of a novice course at our centre, however the practical siting of the crane will have to be conducted on your site.

  • Delegates will need to be suitably dressed to use the equipment, and may wish to bring their own PPE to use (i.e. Safety boots or steel toe-capped boots).
  • Candidates will need to know their own dates of birth and National Insurance number.

Courses at our training centre can be run as open training programmes, meaning that if you only have one or two candidates, you can join a course with other delegates on a mutually convenient day.

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How can we help

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We look forward to helping you with this NPORS N401 Appointed Person or any of your training needs.

The Kentra Training Team

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