Appointed Person N/SVQ

Controlling Lifting Operations - Planning Lifts


The Red CPCS Trained Operator card is valid for 2 years. In this time card holders are required to achieve relevant N/SVQ Award in order to upgrade to Blue Competent Operator Card. Blue cards last for 5 years.

Target Delegates

This programme is aimed at individuals who are currently planning lifts in the workplace. The N/SVQ is a mandatory part of the CPCS scheme and must be completed to upgrade to the competent operator card. For those who don't want to follow the CPCS scheme, the qualification can be undertaken to underpin their competency in the role of Appointed person.

The Qualification

Qualification Title: Level 4 National/Scottish Vocational Qualification in Controlling Lifting Operations - Planning Lifts 

Achieving the Qualification

To achieve the qualification candidates must gather naturally occurring work based evidence which would include some or all of the following:

  • Customer Correspondence, enquiry and site visit request forms
  • Initial site visit drawings and any related specific paperwork/photographs
  • Method Statements/Risk Assessments, Job/Time Sheets, Crane Duty Charts
  • Copies of CPCS card and any relevant training certificates
  • Any other documentation which is agreed as being valid by the assessor and candidate


On completion of the qualification certificates of achievement will be issued from the awarding body; SQA Awards

Provided the candidate has an in date Health & Safety test for Managers & Professionals, the Blue Competent Operator Card can then be applied for. These cards last for 5 years.


There is no set time for the assessment process to take, candidates can work towards gaining the award at their own pace.

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