Construction Card Courses

CPCS A63 Pedestrian Operated Tower Crane

What is the course?

The Pedestrian Operated Tower Crane course gives you the theory and practical knowledge to operate a Pedestrian Operated Crane safely and effectively. It is a step towards candidates successfully passing their CPCS Tests.

Course Content

  • Operating the crane safely and effectively
  • The recognised signals for controlling operations
  • Safe loads within the crane’s capacity
  • Maintaining a crane and carrying out minor adjustments
  • The capabilities of equipment, safety precautions and the procedures to place crane out of service
  • Lifting capacity and safe working radius
  • Safe load indicators and overload warnings
  • Maintenance of counterweights and related checking procedures
  • Safe slinging, capacities of lifting gear and effect of shock loading on strength and stability of crane structure
  • Regulations and Codes of Practice in relation to lifting equipment, including operator’s legal responsibility

How is the Course Taught and Assessed?

The course takes four or five days to complete. There are both discussions of the theory and practical elements. Assessment is carried out via both practical and theory exams.

Who Should Take This Course?

This course is ideal for existing and potential operators of Pedestrian Operated Tower Cranes and those with no formal training.

There are two specific subtypes of machinery available to candidates on this course:

  • A63A: Up to 36m-100m/te
  • A63B: Inclined jib

What Qualification Will I Receive?

If you are successful, at the end of the course you will receive the CITB National Construction College certificate. Once the CPCS Technical Tests are passed, you will receive the CPCS Red Trained Operator Card.

Entry requirements

You will need to have successfully completed a CITB Health, safety and environment (HS&E) test in the last two years. You must also have a good knowledge of both written and spoken English.

What Can I Do Next?

Upon completion of the course candidates may with to consider courses for the roles of Telescopic Handler, Slinger/Signaller, Crawler Crane or for the Competent Operator Card.

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