Controlling Lifting Operations (Construction)

Controlling Lifting Operations (Construction)

The Diplomas in Controlling Lifting Operations at QCF levels 4 and 5 will develop knowledge and skills in areas such as lifting operations and developing and maintaining good working relationships.

The diplomas are competence-based qualifications which are designed to provide learners with an opportunity to demonstrate, in a real workplace environment, that they are competent against a set of performance statements.< /p> The diplomas are based on the National Occupational Standards for Controlling Lifting Operations and can be used to develop competences or to progress to further professional/academic qualifications.

The level 4 NVQ Diploma will confirm learners’ occupational competence as a Lift Supervisor.  On completion, it will provide confirmation to employers and industry managers and card schemes that the learner has the skills and knowledge needed to conduct the duties of a Lift Supervisor to a nationally recognised standard.

The level 5 NVQ Diploma provides learners the opportunity to specialise in planning the preparation of site and work activities and planning the lifting activities using cranes and/or lifting equipment to demonstrate their competence.

Qualification Title Ofqual Code SQA code
SQA Level 2 NVQ Diploma in Controlling Lifting Operations (Construction) Slinger/Signaller 600/3381/2 GE0L 68
SQA Level 4 NVQ (competence based) Diploma in Controlling Lifting Operations Supervising Lifts (Construction) 601/2956/6 GJ51 80
SQA Level 5 NVQ (competence based) Diploma in Controlling Lifting Operations Planning Lifts (Construction) 601/3050/7 GJ51 83

Purpose and Recognition

600/3381/2 Level 2 NVQ Diploma in Controlling Lifting Operations (Construction): Slinger/Signaller

601/2956/6 Level 4 NVQ Diploma in Controlling Lifting Operations - Supervising Lifts (Construction)

Why deliver this qualification

Learners can progress from the Level 4 qualification to the Level 5 giving them greater flexibility in the workplace.

This Diplomas at QCF level 4 and 5 can be offered in any of the following modes:

  • full-time
  • part-time (eg day-release)
  • open and distance learning
  • infill into existing classes
  • evening provision

Who does this qualification suit

The Diplomas in Controlling Lifting Operations at QCF level 4 and 5 are suitable for a wide range of candidates including:

  • adult returners to education
  • people in employment who wish to enhance their career prospects
  • individuals who wish to start their own business
  • experienced workers in Controlling Lifting Operations (Construction Specialist related trades) who are seeking to develop their competence and improve their skills and knowledge

The qualifications are likely to be of interest to learners employed in, or seeking employment in a construction or building environment who need recognition of their competence as a Supervisor or Planner of lifting operations.

Access

As with all SQA qualifications, entry is at the discretion of the centre. 

To enter on the level 4 qualification learners must be at least 16 years of age.

To enter on the level 5 qualification learners must be least 19 years of age.

Progression

These qualifications can lead to employment within the construction industry and provide invaluable practical experience to learners who aspire to the more technical professions which exist in construction.

The level 4 qualification can lead to one of the following job roles:

  • a full-time Lift Supervisor with a large crane hire company
  • Construction Site Supervisor who supervises lifting operations as part of their supervisory role

Learners can progress from the Level 4 qualification to the Level 5, giving them greater flexibility in the workplace.

The level 5 qualification can confirm the competence of individuals working in the construction industry who specialise in planning lifting operations.

For learners aspiring to supervisory positions, the qualifications can also lead to supervisory qualifications, including Occupational Work Supervision.

Approval

Centres will have to come forward for approval and should contact SQA’s Business Development Team for guidance.

Assessors and verifiers must be able to meet SQA’s general requirements for technical/occupational competence as outlined in the Guide to Approval.

How to assess

There is continuous course assessment. Each Unit specification gives detailed information on the Evidence Requirements and approaches to assessment for the Unit. The structure of these qualifications allows for a high degree of flexibility in assessment.

Direct evidence, produced through normal performance in the workplace, is the main source of assessment for the NVQ Diplomas. This includes naturally-occurring documentary evidence (hard copy and electronic), direct observation of activities and witness testimony.

Assessment is based mainly on practical activities. Where possible, holistic assessment is encouraged — particularly integrating assessment of the mandatory Units covering Health and Safety with those covering job-specific activities.

Level 2 diploma activities include: attaching and preparing suspended loads for movement using lifting accessories in the workplace and checking and preparing lifting accessories to carry out lifting operations in the workplace.

Level 4 diploma activities include: co-ordinating and organising work, allocating plant and machinery, supervising lifts and checking peoples’ performance.

Level 5 diploma activities include: planning the preparation of the site for the project or operation; planning activities and resources to meet work requirements.

The focus should be on assessing activities generated by the whole work experience rather than focusing on specific tasks, or individual Units.

Where can you take this course?

Qualification content and delivery tools

Lapsing

These Group Awards have been replaced and have entered into their lapsing period.

  • The lapsing date for these qualifications is 30 April 2014
  • The finishing date for these qualifications is 30 April 2017

The structure of these qualifications allows for a high degree of flexibility. They are work-based qualifications normally achieved over a minimum period of 18 months.

SQA Level 2 NVQ (competence based) Diploma in Controlling Lifting Operations (Construction)

The Level 2 NVQ Diploma involves practical tasks ranging from checking and preparing lifting accessories to carrying out lifting operations in the workplace, to guiding, positioning and placing suspended loads in the workplace.

Learners must complete 43 credits drawn from mandatory Units. On completion the learner will have achieved a minimum of 144 Guided Learning Hours.

SQA Level 3 NVQ (competence based) Diploma in Controlling Lifting Operations (Construction)

The Level 3 NVQ Diploma involves practical tasks ranging from from supervising lifting operations using lifting equipment to maintaining the dimensional accuracy of work in the workplace.

Learners must complete 74 credits drawn from mandatory Units. On completion the learner will have achieved a minimum of 237 Guided Learning Hours.

SQA Level 6 NVQ (competence based) Diploma in Controlling Lifting Operations (Construction)

The Level 6 NVQ Diploma involves practical tasks ranging from from planning lifting activities using cranes and/or lifting equipment to evaluating and selectting work methods to meet project requirements.

Learners must complete 89 credits drawn from mandatory Units. On completion the learner will have achieved a minimum of 274 Guided Learning Hours.

SQA Level 3 NVQ (competence based) Diploma in Controlling Lifting Operations (Construction)
Group Award Code: GE1X 79
Ofqual Code: 600/3380/0

SQA Level 6 NVQ (competence based) Diploma in Controlling Lifting Operations (Construction)
Group Award Code: GE26 84
Ofqual Code: 600/3309/5

Unit Specifications and Assessment Guidance

Unit Specifications and Assessment Guidance for these qualifications are available on SQA's Secure website. These are available from your centre's SQA co-ordinator. For further information, please contact mycentre@sqa.org.uk

Learner Guidance and Portfolio

CPCS

The Construction Plant Competence Scheme (CPCS) is the largest and most highly recognised single skills card scheme for the plant sector of the construction industry. The scheme provides certification for plant operatives and associated operations for UK construction and allied industries to prove workers' operating skills and health and safety awareness.

The Plant Operator certification process is supported by CPCS Testers and CPCS Trainers, who in turn are certified as trained and competent by CPCS.

Membership of the Scheme is voluntary, but is mandatory on many construction sites and other work environments.

 

Current

These qualifications require the learner to complete all mandatory Units.

SQA Level 2 NVQ (competence based) Diploma in Controlling Lifting Operations (Construction) – Slinger Signaller
Group Award Code: GE0L 68
Ofqual Code: 600/3381/2

SQA Level 4 NVQ (competence based) Diploma in Controlling Lifting Operations — Supervising Lifts (Construction)
Group Award code: GJ51 80 (74 QCF credit points)
Ofqual Code: 601/2956/6

Diploma in Controlling Lifting Operations - Supervising Lifts (Construction) at QCF level 4 consists of 8 mandatory Units (74 QCF credit points).

SQA Level 5 NVQ (competence based) Diploma in Controlling Lifting Operations — Planning Lifts (Construction)
Group Award code: GJ52 83 (88 QCF credit points)
Ofqual Code: 601/3050/7

Diploma in Controlling Lifting Operations – Planning Lifts (Construction) at QCF level 5 consists of 7 mandatory Units (88 QCF credit points).

For information on the structure of these qualifications, please refer to the Qualification Structure documents:

Unit Specifications and Assessment Guidance

Unit Specifications and Assessment Guidance for these qualifications are available on SQA's Secure website. These are available from your centre's SQA co-ordinator. For further information, please contact mycentre@sqa.org.uk

Assessment Strategy

Learner Guidance and Portfolio

CPCS

The Construction Plant Competence Scheme (CPCS) is the largest and most highly recognised single skills card scheme for the plant sector of the construction industry. The scheme provides certification for plant operatives and associated operations for UK construction and allied industries to prove workers' operating skills and health and safety awareness.

The Plant Operator certification process is supported by CPCS Testers and CPCS Trainers, who in turn are certified as trained and competent by CPCS.

Membership of the Scheme is voluntary, but is mandatory on many construction sites and other work environments.