Price: £POA

*Dates on application

Aim of the course

The course aims to provide thorough practical and theory training in operating a Mechanical Hoist. This enables the candidate to competently and safely carry out the role and pass the CPCS Theory and Practical Tests.

Course content

  • The nature of the sector of industry
  • Roles and responsibilities of the operator
  • Basic construction, controls and terminology relating to the Hoist
  • Pre-use and running checks
  • Signals, instructions and hoist working limitations
  • How to place the hoist in an out of service condition, isolate it and secure it
  • Precautions for overhead services and other hazards
  • Emergency lowering functions
  • Relevant regulations and legislation

Who Should Attend

The A20 Hoist  course is aimed at people who require a formal qualification for operating a Mechanical Hoist. 

Course Overview

  • Describe the nature of the sector of industry and their role and responsibilities as an equipment operator
  • Name the types of hoists, and explain the purpose of the principal components, basic construction, controls and terminology of each
  • Conform with manufacturer’s requirements as per the operator’s manual, other types of information sources and relevant regulations and guidance
  • Explain hoist working limitations
  • Carry out all pre-use checks
  • Undertake running checks, including gates and safety devices, before placing into service
  • Check the stability, systems and alignment and ensure the hoist is safe to use
  • Check that hoist-way protection is in position before use
  • Check the capacity of the hoist will accommodate expected loads, equipment and/or passengers
  • Carry out full emergency lowering and evacuation procedure (Endorsements B & D)
  • Explain precautions to be taken for overhead services and other proximity hazards
  • Prepare the hoist for the required load(s) and/or passengers
  • Identify suitability and integrity of loads for transporting and compatibility with the cage
  • Load and unload a range of materials using suitable handling methods for each load type
  • Explain the loading and unloading procedures for varying types of loads
  • Explain the procedures and actions to be taken when transporting people (Endorsements B & D)
  • Operate the hoist to the end of travel and to various landing levels, both loaded and unloaded
  • Comply with signals and instructions
  • Prepare the crane in preparation of movement from lifting duties
  • Place the hoist in an out-of-service condition, isolate and secure


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

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


On site – Apple Construction Training Centre

Off site – Contact a member of our sales team on 01295 770 789 for any queries 

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

*Candidates 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. 


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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