CPCS A20 Hoist Training

A20 hoist testing can be completed on customer premises. We generally cover the areas below, but can travel further if required.

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Hoist Training Course Outline

Hoists are used on many construction sites to vertically transport passengers and materials. They are most commonly powered by diesel engines/electric motors that rotate a drum around which a wire rope is wound. Hoists may also be hydraulically powered, and use chains as the lifting mechanism rather than wire rope.

All landing and base where the winch is situated, must be fitted with guards, usually sliding or lifting gates for access, should be well guarded to prevent injury.

Passenger Hoists:

These are designed to lift passengers; though they can also be used for materials as long as the weight is within the loading capacity of the hoist. Hoist types can vary from a single cage with rope suspension to a twin cages on a rack and pinion mounted on two sides of a hoist tower.

They are usually controlled within the cage, and there must be additional safety devices to prevent over-run or free-fall, operator hoist training is essential in passenger safety.

Hoist Training:

We offer hoist training courses for the novice operator or semi-experienced operator that would benefit from hoist training before they take the operator test.

Generally, we would recommend A20 CPCS hoist operator training, this is the most widely accepted scheme in the construction industry, offering the operator better work opportunities.

NPORS is accepted on some construction sites, however, at present we would recommend A20 CPCS hoist training and testing.

A20 CPCS hoist training prepares the operator for both the theory and practical test.

Hoist Training Course Content

An A20 CPCS Hoist training course covers:

  • Health and Safety At Work Act 1974
  • (PUWER) Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations
  • (LOLER) Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations

Overview of operation:

  • Different types of hoist
  • Basic construction and components
  • Purpose and use of all controls
  • How to comply with manufacturers’ instructions in accordance with the operators’ handbook
  • How to check the hoist is serviceable and stable for safe operation prior to use
  • How to check that gates and safety devices are functioning as per operational specification
  • How to check that the hoist’s capacity will cater for expected loads or passenger numbers

Machine operation:

  • Loading and unloading of materials using correct manual handling techniques (dependent upon type)
  • Carrying out all pre-use running checks
  • Carrying out emergency lowering procedures according to machine type
  • Preparing the hoist to accept various loads or number of passengers
  • Travel the hoist to the limits of operation (full travel range) in a loaded and unloaded state
  • Recognising and responding to given instructions
  • Keeping within safe working parameters
  • Placing the hoist in an out-of-service condition
  • Isolating and securing the hoist
  • Explaining the limitations when using the hoist

The A20 Hoist training course provides candidates with the skills and knowledge they require to successfully achieve the standards the CPCS A20 Hoist test requires.

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On completion of a basic training course – the operative will be able to:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the regulations that apply to the safe use of hoists
  • Carry out a full pre-start/shift check on the hoist and record their findings
  • Carry out a full operational check on the hoist and record their findings
  • Operate the hoist in line with the manufacturer’s operator instructions/manual
  • Load the hoist with passengers/goods as per manufacturer’s instructions
  • Deliver passengers/goods safely and efficiently
  • Stop the hoist at the correct levels, and correctly use safety gates
  • Carry out an emergency lowering task, if company policy allows
  • Keep within safe working parameters of the hoist
  • Place the hoist in an out-of-service condition, isolate and secure
  • Understand the limitations of use when using the hoist
  • Report any problems or defects

At the end of the A20 Hoist training course, the candidate will be able to achieve the required standards of the CPCS theory and practical test. If the candidate achieves the required standards of the CPCS test, then a red CPCS card will be awarded.

We provide Hoist Testing in the following area:

CPCS A20 Hoist Training Courses in the UK

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Hoist Testing can be provided at customer locations including Essex, London, Hertfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Kent, Berkshire, Hampshire, Oxfordshire,  Northamptonshire, Surrey and Sussex.

Health & Safety

Before you can take a CPCS test of any kind – you must have completed a health and safety touchscreen test within the past 2 years. If you haven’t done so, you can book a test using the telephone service on 0344 994 4488.


Legislation covered:

Health and Safety at Work Act 1974
(PUWER) Provision & Use of Work Equipment Regulations
(LOLER) Lifting Operations & Lifting Equipment Regulations
Manual Handling Regulations 2002

Operators, supervisors and managers will have a good understanding of the regulations that apply to the safe operation, and use of the type of hoist for which they are trained. They also must keep track of hoist inspections, a record of the checks carried out by the operator and how to operate the hoist as per the manufacturer recommendations.

CPCS Training Provider For Essex, London & the South East

Mon-Fri | 08.30am - 16.30pm