Management of lifting operations in construction

Standard details
This standard is in development and will be published shortly

CITB has developed this standard in discussion with industry


Minimum 2 days of 6 learning hours


The purpose of this training is to give candidates involved in the management or use of lifting equipment on site. Training will cover applicable legislation, their responsibilities and industry best practice.


  • classes of lifting equipment and uses
  • best practice
  • minimum requirements as per best practice for a lifting equipment installation/use method statement
  • legislation, approved codes of practice, official guidance
  • classification of individual lifting operations
  • responsibilities of suppliers and users for inspection/maintenance
  • pre-use and weekly checks
  • qualifications for lifting operations

Occupational relevance

Training delivered against this standard would be relevant to the following occupational groups:

  • supervision
  • management and leadership.

Candidate pre-requisites

There are no candidate pre-requisites as part of this standard.


As a minimum, course instructors must be able to demonstrate that, in relation to this standard, they have:

  • a train the trainer or instructional techniques course certificate 
  • health & safety qualifications (e.g. NEBOSH Gen. Cert. or above)
  • successfully completed training to this standard 
  • at least 2 years relevant industrial experience
  • a verifiable CV


Delivery may be in an on or off the job environment.

All materials and equipment must be of a suitable quality and quantity for candidates to achieve learning outcomes, and must comply with relevant legislation.

The class size and candidate/instructor ratio must allow training to be delivered in a safe manner and enable candidates to achieve the learning outcomes. 

The following delivery methods may be used in the delivery of this standard:

  • classroom


For the successful completion of training, the trainer will be required to make a declaration of the learner’s contribution during the course and that they are confident the learner has understood the content of the course.

Quality assurance

Quality Assurance against this standard will require initial approval of the training organisation and their content mapped to the standard.  

CITB will also conduct an approval intervention, either desk-based or centre visit, to ensure the Training Organisation can meet the requirements of the Training Standard.  

Approved Training Organisations (ATOs) will be required to present information on records of training and assessment upon request to CITB for desk based analysis.  They will also be visited annually by the CITB Quality Assurance team.


Health & Safety Executive (HSE), other relevant codes of practice or industry card scheme criteria recommend that the candidate completes a refresher of his/her training (i.e. to ensure their knowledge and/or skills are up to date) every 3 years.

Approval date

November 2018

Review cycle

Either on request or in 3 year(s) from approval date.

Learning outcomes

The candidate will be able to Additional guidance to support learning outcome

Describe best practice in  procurement of lifting equipment
BS7121: Code of practice for the safe use of cranes

List qualifications available for planning and supervising lifting operations.

The Register of Regulated Qualifications

Describe main classes of lifting equipment and their suitability for specific operations
List the minimum requirements (as per best practice) for a lifting equipment installation/use method statement
BS7121: Code of practice for the safe use of cranes
Apply relevant legislation, approved codes of practice and guidance.
  • Health and Safety at Work Act (HASAWA)
  • Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations (LOLER)
  • BS7121: Code of practice for the safe use of cranes
  • Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations (PUWER)
Outline the requirement for the classification of individual lifting operations  
Test, operate and maintain lifting equipment/accessories  
Outline responsibilities of equipment suppliers and users regarding inspection/maintenance and thorough examination of lifting equipment  
Describe responsibilities of lifting team for pre-use and weekly checks  
Identify company specific policies regarding the management of lifting operations and equipment on site  

Additional information about this standard

HSE guidance

Health and Safety at Work Act (HASAWA)

Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Operations Regulations (LOLER)

Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations (PUWER)

Qualification sources:

For qualifications in England and Northern Ireland:

The Register of Regulated Qualifications  

For qualifications in Scotland

For qualifications in Wales:

British standards

View British standards on the BSI website

  • BS7121: Code of practice for the safe use of cranes