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A02 Crawler Crane over 10 tonnes

Crawler crane - A02 Learning for CPCS


Through a combination of targeted training and experience, an individual with the Crawler crane will be able to:

Roles and responsibilities

  • Describe the nature of the sector of industry and their role and responsibilities as a plant operator

Preparing for work

  • Name and explain the purpose of principal components, the basic construction, controls and terminology

  • Conform with manufacturer’s requirements as per the operator’s handbook, other types of information source and relevant regulations and legislation

  • Undertake all pre-use checks

Travelling and manoeuvring


  • Configure and ready for travel

  • Travel the crane to an area of work

  • Manoeuvre in confined spaces

Setting up for work

  • Configure the crane for lifting duties

  • Explain rigging and de-rigging procedures when fitting a lattice-type extension

  • Explain actions required for hazards, underground and overhead services

Working tasks

  • Programme / set-up Rated Capacity Indicators (RCI) for lifting duties

  • Lift various loads using the full radius and slewing capabilities of a crane

  • Accurately place loads

  • Change falls of rope on a hook block

  • Minimise the swinging of loads

  • Move loads through machine travel

  • Comply with signals and instructions

  • Maintain safe working situations


Completing work

  • Prepare the crane in preparation of movement from lifting duties

Shutting down

  • Carry out shut down and securing procedures

  • Explain loading and unloading procedures for machine transporting


Crawler crane - A02 Learning for CPCS

Safety critical

Emphasis to be placed on the following topics:
Topic / Emphasis

Lift plans / method statements

  • Lift plan types and requirements and the need for lift planning

  • Adherence to the lift plan as constructed by a competent person


  • Facing the direction of travel and no reversing unless authorised by a nominated vehicle marshaller

Duration / Ratios

To allow effective learning, these training times are recommended for this category. Candidates must be profiled to establish learning needs. Durations should be of a length to ensure the learning outcomes are met.



  • Novice operators with no industry or machine experience (70 Accumulated hours)

  • Novice operators with industry experience but no machine experience (62 Accumulated hours)

  • Operators with unrelated (lifting) machine experience (42 Accumulated hours)

  • Operators with similar (lifting) machine experience (28 Accumulated hours)

To allow effective learning, the listed candidate / machine / instructor ratio is the maximum recommended for this category
4 candidates : 2 machines: 1 instructor


Practical equipment

  • Crawler Crane that meets current legislation

  • Operator’s manual for the machine(s)

  • Different types of loads

  • Lifting accessories

  • Sufficient area of ground suitable for placing loads at various heights and radius


  • Suitable PPE

  • Risk assessment for all areas where training is occurring

Theory equipment

  • PUWER 1998 Regulations

  • LOLER 1998 Regulations

  • HSE GS6

  • Operator’ Manual

  • Specifications for types of Crawler cranes PLUS

  • Suitable room for theory training purposes

  • Welfare and rest facilities during training

Category description and types


CPCS defines a category as an item of plant or equipment used within the construction or allied industries and worked in accordance with the manufacturer’s basic design. Although this category can have varying uses within industry and used with many attachments, for CPCS training and assessment standards, the descriptions reflect basic core use.

To identify a machine within this category, a typical crawler would normally have the listed features and be used within the described characteristics.

Category features

  • Tracks mounted chassis

  • 360 degree rotating upper structure containing the operating position; power, hydraulic and electrical units and winches

  • Lattice or telescopic multi-sectioned jib

  • Winch operated lifting metal-stranded hoist rope

  • mounted on pulleys

  • Hook block suspended by hoist ropes and pulleys and the end of the boom


Category characteristics

  • Able to travel in forward and reverse and change direction during travel

  • Can travel and operate on uneven and loose ground and slopes

  • Lift loads by vertically raising the hook block

  • Moves and places loads by using a combination of slew and linear motions within the confines of the operating radius, depth and height

  • Travel with loads suspended from the hook block

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