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Southern Training can provide industry-related training and assessment for candidates wishing to obtain a recognised qualification. We offer a wide range of courses and accreditations listed below.

We are a registered test centre for CPCS, ALLMI, IPAF and PASMA.

Courses can be held at either one of our training centres or alternatively we can deliver training on a site of your choice (subject to suitability).

For further details please contact us at training@southerncranes.co.uk or ring 01403 790874.

Lifting Operation Courses
Lifting Operation Course
CPCS Appointed Person (A61)
The Appointed Person holds overall responsibility of the lifting operation. This includes the calculation, planning and execution. This safety critical role requires people to understand different types of cranes, duty charts, safety devices, lifting accessories and load pressures. The course is designed to progressively teach the candidate about the health and safety at work act, BS7121, load calculations, ground pressures, crane capacities, scale drawings, lift plan writing and machine selection. This is a five-day classroom-based course that requires mathematical calculations based on various crane configurations and so all candidates should have prior knowledge of lifting operations before attending this course.

Course content
  • Observe regulations and Codes of Practice
  • Compile safe systems of work including method statements
  • Take personal responsibility
  • Describe different types of cranes and associated terminology
  • Understand crane documentation
  • Understand crane stability, duty charts and safety devices
  • Appreciate tower cranes
  • Observe British Standard 7121 Safe Use of Cranes Guidlines sections 1, 2, 3 and 4
  • Recognise the role of appointed persons
  • Plan a lift (angle calculations, scale drawings, lift capacity requirement, mat size calculations)
  • If the candidate already holds the CPCS Code A40 Slinger/Signaller, you will also achieve the CPCS Code A62 Crane Supervisor qualification.


The final theory assessment is a written question paper in which candidates need to achieve a minimum of 80%. The practical assessment is the correct planning of a selected type of lift that must incorporate a scale drawing.
Lifting Operation Course
Overhead Gantry Crane
This one-day course will provide candidates with the knowledge and practical skills to safely operate an overhead gantry crane. Accreditation will be through Southern Cranes.
Lifting Operation Course
Lorry Loader HIAB
Lorry loader operator courses can be one or two days depending on the previous experience of the candidate. The successful candidate will gain both the theoretical and practical knowledge to operate a lorry loader competently. Certification can be achieved through either in-house or ALLMI accreditation.
Lifting Operation Course
Slinger/Signaller: All types - static duties (A40B)
This course is for people who wish to hold the position of a slinger/signaller. As a safety critical operator, the slinger/signaller holds responsibility for the suspended load from the moment it leaves the ground to the point of landing, including the security of the load once it has been landed. The course is specifically designed to meet the current needs of industry and will provide the candidate with the knowledge and practical skills needed to prepare, guide and position suspended loads safely. We deliver three types of courses:

4-day entry level: for people with no lifting experience

3-day standard: for people with limited lifting experience

2-day experienced: for people that have a minimum of 100 proven hours. Please note: The candidate must have the hours required and have been signed off by a manager.

Course content
  • UK legislation
  • Lifting equipment appreciation
  • Understand the risks and hazards involved in lifting operations
  • Establish the weight and dimensions of loads and communicate this information to the crane operator
  • Understand the vector forces that are placed upon lifting slings at various angles
  • Select appropriate lifting tackle and attach and detach it correctly and safely
  • Use clear and unambiguous signals to direct the actions of a crane moving loads of various weights and dimensions
  • Determine the serviceability of lifting accessories and maintain and store them


On the successful completion of the theory and practical assessment, the candidate will be entitled to hold the CPCS Trained Operator (red) card that lasts for two years.
Lifting Operation Course
Mobile Crane
This 10-day course will provide candidates with the knowledge and practical skills required to safely set up and operate a mobile crane. Successful candidates will gain a CPCS accredited qualification and will be able to competently set up, de-rig and operate a mobile crane.
Lifting Operation Course
CPCS Lift Supervisor (A62)
This course is for people who have been operating as a slinger / signaller and now wish to progress to supervising lifting operations. The Lift Supervisor is a safety critical role and holds the responsibility of carrying out the lift to the correct safe system of work (as set out by the appointed person). On successful completion of the course, the candidate will understand health and safety legislation, BS 7121 guidance, how to supervise a lifting operation correctly, and responsibilities held by key personnel. We deliver two types of courses:

3-day standard: for people with lifting experience

5-day direct access: 2.5 days are taken for slinger/signaller duties, 2.5 days are taken for lift supervisor duties.

Course content
  • Legislation, regulations and Codes of Practice relating to lifting duties
  • Safe systems of work including method statements
  • Taking personal responsibility
  • Different types of cranes and associated terminology
  • Understanding crane documentation
  • Understanding crane stability, duty charts and safety devices
  • Crane appreciation
  • Observing British Standard 7121
  • Understanding the role of crane supervisor
  • Understanding the role of appointed person


On the successful completion of the theory and practical assessment, the candidate will be entitled to hold the CPCS Trained Operator (red) card that lasts for two years.
Earth Moving Courses
Earth Moving Course
Wheeled Loading Shovel
This course can be from 1-5 days depending on the experience of the candidate. It will provide the candidate with foundation and assessment in the operation of a Wheeled Loading Shovel. CPCS or Southern Cranes accreditation.
Earth Moving Course
Forward Tipping Dumper
This 1-2 day course will provide the candidate with foundation training and assessment in operating and maintaining forward tipping dumpers. The duration of the course can be shorter for the more experienced candidate. CPCS or Southern Cranes accreditation.
Earth Moving Course
Dozer
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Earth Moving Course
Excavator 180 & 360 Above and Below 10 Tons
This course can be from 1-10 days depending on the experience of the candidate. It will provide candidates with the necessary knowledge and practical skills required to operate an excavator safely and productively. Accreditation can be through either CPCS or Southern Canes.
Earth Moving Course
Articulated Dump Truck
This course can be 1-5 days' duration depending on the experience of the candidate. It will provide candidates with the knowledge and practical skills to operate and carry out basic maintenance on dump trucks with an articulated chassis. Accreditation can be through CPCS or Southern Cranes.
Material Handling Courses
Material Handling Course
Telescopic Handler Above and Below 9 Metres
This course can be 1-5 days and will provide the candidate with the knowledge and skills for the operation and basic maintenance of a telescopic handler. Course duration will be shorter if the candidate has previous experience. CPCS or Southern Cranes accreditation.
Material Handling Course
Counterbalance Forklift
This course can be from 1-5 days depending on the experience of the candidate and will provide the knowledge and practical skills required to operate a counterbalance forklift. Accreditation is through Southern Cranes.
Compaction Course
Compaction Course
Ride-on Roller
This 1-3 day course will provide the candidate with the knowledge and practical skills required to operate a ride-on roller. Awarding accreditation standard is by CPCS or Southern Cranes certification.
Working at Height Courses
Working at Height Course
Working at Height
This half-day Southern Cranes accredited course will provide candidates with the basic knowledge required to work at height safely.
Working at Height Course
Portable Scaffold Tower
This one-day course can be PASMA or Southern Cranes accredited and will provide the knowledge and practical skills required to safely use a portable scaffold tower.
Working at Height Course
MEWP Boom, Scissor & Vehicle-Mounted Boom
This course can be one or two days depending on previous experience and will provide candidates with the knowledge and skill to operate a MEWP, scissor platform or vehicle-mounted boom. Accreditation can be through IPAF or Southern Cranes.
Working at Height Course
Ladder & Step Ladder
This half-day course is Southern Cranes accredited and will provide basic knowledge and skills to safely use both ladders and step ladders.
Working at Height Course
Harness and Lanyard
This half-day course will provide candidates with the knowledge and practical skills for the safe use of a harness and lanyard. Accreditation is either IPAF or Southern Cranes.
Vehicle Courses
Vehicle Course
Vehicle Marshall
This one-day course can be Southern Cranes or CPCS accredited and will provide the knowledge and practical skills required to become a competent Vehicle Marshall.
Vehicle Course
Loader / Securer
The Plant Loader Securer training can be either a CPCS or SCA accreditation and provides candidates with the training and knowledge to enable them to carry out Plant Loader Securer duties safely. The plant loader securer training is aimed at drivers who have a requirement to load plant on to a delivery vehicle and secure it safely using various securing equipment.
Vehicle Course
Driver CPC
Any person driving a vehicle over 3.5 tons must hold a Certificate of Professional Competence. Southern Cranes can provide training in a variety of the 7 hour modules required to complete this 35 hour course.
Other Courses Available
Other Course Available
QCF Awards
Southern Cranes & Access are accredited under CSkills (CITB) to arrange and deliver level 2-5 awards for plant operations, lifting operations and planning of lifting operations for candidates who wish to progress and upgrade from the CPCS red trained operator’s card to the blue competent operator’s card.
Other Course Available
Fire Marshall
This course is aimed at anyone who has the role of Fire Marshal and is responsible in whole or part for the safe evacuation of workplace colleagues and others. This includes day to day workplace fire prevention along with the practical use of fire extinguishers.
Other Course Available
Emergency First Aid at Work
This course is aimed at anyone who wishes to take on the role of a nominated first aider in the workplace. It will provide the delegate with the necessary skills and information to deal with a variety of emergency situations. The course is designed to give delegates the necessary competence and confidence to deal with a range of illnesses and injuries in the workplace.
Other Course Available
Abrasive Wheel
This SCA course is aimed at individuals working with abrasive wheels or cut off saws that require regular changing of abrasive wheel discs. This specific training ensures that those involved in the use of abrasive wheels on both fixed & portable machines are trained in the best practices and are aware of the associated safety issues.