A61 NVQ in Appointed Person/Planning Lifts

  • construction_courseFees £1000
  • construction_course1-12 Months

Level 5 NVQ Diploma in Controlling Lifting Operations — Planning Lifts (Construction)

Ofqual code: 601/3050/7

The (NVQ) Diploma in Controlling Lifting Operations — Planning Lifts (Construction) will develop knowledge and skills in areas such as lifting operations and developing and maintaining good working relationships.

This qualification covers the following areas:

  • planning lifting activities using cranes and/or lifting equipment in the workplace
  • planning activities and resources to meet work requirements in the workplace
  • evaluating and selecting work methods to meet project or operational requirements
  • planning the preparation of the site for the project or operation in the workplace
  • identifying, allocating and planning the development and use of plant, equipment or machinery in the workplace

Rationale and purpose of this qualification

The qualification is designed to ensure competence in the planning of lifting operations to recognised industrial standards. It is aimed at those who do not have any prior experience of the industry. It is also suitable for those in work who are looking for recognition of their prior learning and experience.

Learners who achieve this qualification can use it to gain employment, to advance in the sector, or to work towards another qualification (see Progression).


The qualification is designed to lead the learner to one or more of the following objectives:

  • supporting a role in the workplace
  • knowledge, understanding and skills

Purpose of this qualification

The primary purpose of this qualification is to develop and confirm the learner’s occupational competence as a planner of lifting operations. As a work-related, competence-based qualification it will provide (on completion) confirmation to employers, industry managers and card schemes that the learner has the skills and knowledge needed to meet the nationally recognised standard to carry out the role.

The qualification is assessed by completing a portfolio of evidence. This details what the learner has completed at work and can include observation, professional discussion, witness testimony and supporting documentary evidence. The assessor can work alongside the learner to confirm that they have met the requirements of the qualification and that they are therefore competent in the role.

Competence is displayed through the assessor observing the learner demonstrate that they carry out their normal work activities competently to the industry standard and that they comply with current legislation and company procedures. The assessment process will ensure that the learner can complete the tasks that they have been directed to undertake and that they can interpret the instructions correctly. They will demonstrate that they can select the appropriate resources for the task and demonstrate that they can complete tasks within the given timescales and specifications.


This qualification is supported by the Construction Plant Competence Scheme (CPCS).

CPCS provides a registration card scheme acknowledged by industry for those involved in plant operations. The scheme recognises skills, knowledge and understanding, competence and qualifications.

What does this qualification cover?

As this is a competence-based qualification, learners will be acquiring the knowledge and skills required through on-the-job experience or in a learning environment.

This qualification has a range of pathways and is linked to typical job roles that learners will encounter within the industry.

To achieve the whole qualification learners need a minimum of 89 credits and must complete seven mandatory units.

Frequently asked questions

No. There are no requirements for you to attend our centre. You will study in you own time and meet our assessor at your work to carry out site visits and assessments.

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