NPORS Appointed Person (N401)

Course Summary

This NPORS approved Appointed Person course is aimed at anyone who is required to plan safe systems of work using lifting equipment. It is recommended that prior to attending this course individuals should have some previous experience of working with lifting equipment.

Course Objectives

By the end of this course delegates should be able to answer and perform the following:

  • Have a basic understanding of the industry, the dangers of working in the industry and their responsibilities as an Appointed Person
  • Explain the duties and responsibilities of Crane/Lift Supervisor, Crane Operator, Slinger/Signaller, Crane Erector and Maintenance Personnel
  • Demonstrate and explain how to interpret and extract information on all relevant documentation including legislation, regulations, codes of practice that relate to all lifting operations and duties
  • Explain and identify the different requirements to be followed for the lifting of persons, a basic lift, standard lift, complex lift, and additional requirements for lifting from height
  • Explain the notification process and the requirements for reporting procedures to authorities, utility bodies and any other parties if affected by the lifting operation
  • Identify different types of cranes, their capabilities and limitations for lifting
  • Explain the maintenance, inspection, thorough examination, and testing requirements for lifting equipment and all accessories
  • Explain setting up, erection, levelling and dismantling requirements for diverse types of lifting equipment and lifts
  • Explain and demonstrate how to calculate point loadings and outrigger loadings, spreader mat types and sizes
  • Explain the function and use of the RCI, LMI and anti-collision systems and utilise the information provided.
  • Demonstrate and explain the selection of the correct cranes for specified lifts including all accessories, ensuring correct duties charts, range diagrams and specification sheets
  • List and explain relevant information relating to different types of lifting accessories and explain their applications
  • Explain and demonstrate different slinging techniques, calculating sling sizes and angles, balanced and unbalanced, centres of gravity and loose loads etc
  • Identify weights and centres of gravity for various types of loads and specify appropriate lifting accessories for various types of loads.
  • Demonstrate and illustrate different types of communication methods for lifting purposes and state
  • Explain the importance of completing a reflection report on a lifting operation
  • Identify and demonstrate how to and plan an area with exclusion zones for diverse lifting operations, identifying and proximity/underground hazards from supplied plans and drawings
  • Identify and plan an area with exclusion zones doe diverse lifting operations identifying safe access and egress before, during and after any lifting operation
  • Explain and identify the requirements for safe site access and egress for different types of lifting equipment
  • Demonstrate how to construct a safe system of work by producing risk assessments, method statements and lift plans with information supplied
  • Prepare and explain lift plan information to all personnel involved in lifting operations
  • Specify and explain positioning of the crane and load, identifying limiting factors and immovable obstructions that must be considered
  • Identify and explain how environmental factors outside the lift zone but within the surrounding area can affect planned lifting operations and the possible outcomes

Maximum number of learners



Novice: 5 days

Refresher: 1 day

Experienced Workers Test: 1 day


Theory question paper.

Practical assessment.


Delegates will be awarded a NPORS ID card, valid for 5 years.

If required, a certificate of attendance can also be provided at an additional charge.


Please get in contact either by phoning the office on 028 30 838 267 or by emailing to discuss a price.


We run this course at our premises in Newry and for our clients across Northern Ireland, the UK and the Republic of Ireland at their premises or a suitable site of their choosing.

*The following course(s) have been registered by CITB NI for grant assistance to registered in scope employers