Aim of the course

To provide thorough practical and theory training in operating a Tower Crane, to enable the candidate to competently and safely carry out the role and pass the CPCS Theory and Practical Tests.

Course content

  • Operate the crane safely and productively
  • Respond to the recognised signals for controlling crane operations
  • Decide whether a particular load is within the capacity of the crane
  • Carry out minor adjustments and routine maintenance
  • Understand the capabilities of the equipment and any relevant safety precautions, including the out of
  • service procedure
  • Operate safe-load indicators and overload warning devices
  • Understand the effect of the working radius on the lifting capacity of the machine
  • Secure, check and maintain counterweights
  • Gauge the effect of shock loading on structural strength and stability
  • Recognise the principles of safe slinging, the types and capacities of lifting gear, security and balance of load
  • Observe the statutory regulations in respect of lifting equipment and the operator’s own legal responsibilities.

who should attend

The A04 Tower Crane course is for people with limited or no experience of using pedestrian operated tower cranes. It teaches you how to operate a pedestrian operated tower crane safely and productively.

Course Overview

  • Describe the nature of the sector of industry and their role and responsibilities as a plant operator
  • Name and explain the purpose of principal components, the basic construction, controls and terminology
  • Conform with manufacturer’s requirements as per the operator’s handbook, other types of information source and relevant regulations and legislation
  • Explain all relevant documentation
  • Undertake all pre-use checks and place the crane into service
  • Follow and carry out procedures that must be taken to access the structure/base for inspection and maintenance purposes
  • Configure the crane for lifting duties
  • Explain the reasons for changing the number of falls of rope
  • Explain action required for hazards and overhead services
  • Explain various types of lifting accessories
  • Identify that loads are safe to lift, ensuring load balance, security and integrity
  • Lift various loads using the full radius and slewing capabilities of a crane
  • Accurately place loads
  • Minimise the swinging of loads
  • Move loads through crane travel (where applicable) – Endorsements A & B
  • Comply with signals and instructions
  • Maintain safe working situations
  • Explain how the wind (and other weather conditions) can affect loads being lifted with regards to pedestrian safety on the ground
  • Prepare the crane in preparation of movement from lifting duties
  • Carry out out-of-service and securing procedures


2 Day Course (1 Day Training & 1 Day Testing)

3 Day Course (2 Day Training & 1 Day Testing)

4 Day Course (3 Day Training & 1 Day Testing)

5 Day Course (3 Day Training & 1 Day Testing)


On site – Apple Construction Training Centre

Entry requirements

To be able to enter and complete this course  you must have the following contents with you.

  • NI Number
  • Existing CSCS Card Number
  • Valid ID
  • In-date CITB HS&E Touch Screen Test*
  • Understanding to be able to read, write and speak English to a good level

*Delegates MUST have in-date CITB Health, Safety and Environment Touch Screen Test which has been completed within two years of the course examination date. 


Mixture of classroom-based teaching and practical exercises, followed by one day assessment – CPCS technical tests.


Successful candidate will receive a Red CPCS Trained Operator Card on passing the CPCS technical tests. The card is valid for two years and for the availability to upgrade to Blue CPCS Card upon the completion of an NVQ Level 2 within the two years.

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