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Crane Operator Training Courses

Becoming proficient in operating a crane is an essential and valued operator’s skill for any contract, large or small. This course will equip you with the knowledge and confidence to operate a crane safely, protecting both you and those around you. This course offers three certificate options: operating either a boat crane, pier crane or both boat and pier cranes combined, depending on your needs. This course also offers a range of attachment certificate options.

This crane operator training course will help you understand how to operate a crane safely. The amount of instruction you will require depends largely upon your previous experience and sessions will be adapted to meet your needs. Course duration will depend on experience and will be from one to four days. The training course consists of theory and practical sessions, followed by assessment. If successful in meeting the required standards assessed, you will be awarded a certificate of competence and a Lantra skills ID card for your chosen certificate option.

Crane Operator Training Course Overview


  • Safe Lifting Operations and the Law
  • Machine Knowledge and Preparation for Work
  • Travelling and Manoeuvring the Machine
  • Machine Operation
  • Theory Assessment
  • Practical Assessment.

Learning Outcomes


  • Describe the key requirements of health, safety and environmental legislation
  • Define the responsibilities of those involved in lifting operations
  • Identify the hazards associated with lifting operations and describe the control measures
  • Interpret and apply the information within plans, charts, safe systems of work, and manufacturer’s operator’s manuals (MOMs)
  • Explain the use and limitations of cranes and lifting accessories
  • Identify and explain the purpose and function of crane components and controls
  • Explain the inspection and maintenance requirements for cranes and lifting accessories
  • Conduct pre-start checks and routine maintenance procedures on cranes
  • Explain the load rating terminology relating to crane operations
  • Evaluate the load and select the appropriate safe working procedures for the operation
  • Select the most appropriate lifting attachments and techniques for the operation
  • Organise and communicate with others the sequence in which work is to be carried out
  • Employ clear methods of communication and signals to direct safe movement of the load
  • Demonstrate how to safely and effectively operate the crane and lifting accessories
  • Demonstrate how to safely move a variety of loads across a range of floating platforms
  • Conclude the operation, safely shut down the device and make the site safe
  • Perform the relevant post use checks and ensure the lifting equipment is securely stored.

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