Level 4 (NVQ) Diploma in Controlling Lifting Operations - Supervising Lifts (Construction)

SQA code: GT6T 80
Ofqual code: 610/0965/9
Qualification Wales code: N/A
Total Qualification Time: 860
Guided Learning Hours: 437
Credit value: 86

The (NVQ) Diploma in Controlling Lifting Operations — Supervising Lifts will develop knowledge and skills in areas such as lifting operations and developing and maintaining good working relationships.

This qualification covers the following areas:

  • supervising lifting operations using lifting equipment in the workplace
  • co-ordinating and organising the control of work in the workplace
  • allocating and monitoring the use of plant, equipment or machinery in the workplace
  • maintaining the dimensional accuracy of the work in the workplace
  • co-ordinating preparation work for site or lifting operations in the workplace
  • allocating work and checking people's performance in the workplace

This qualification is available through colleges and training providers. It can be offered in England and Wales.

Rationale and purpose of this qualification

The qualification is designed to recognise competence in the supervision of lifting operations to industrial standards. It is aimed at those who do not have any prior experience of the industry or those in work who are looking for recognition of their prior learning and experience.

Learners who achieve this qualification can use it to gain employment, to advance in the sector, or to work towards another qualification (see Progression).

The primary purpose of this qualification is to develop and confirm the learner's occupational competence as a supervisor of lifting operations. As a work-related, competence-based qualification, it will provide confirmation to employers and industry managers and card schemes that learners have the skills and knowledge needed to meet the nationally-recognised standard to carry out the role.

The qualification is assessed by completing a portfolio of evidence. This can include observation, professional discussion, witness testimony and supporting documentary evidence. The assessor can work alongside the learner to confirm that they have met the requirements of the qualification and that they are therefore competent in their role.

Learners will prove their competence by being observed by the assessor as they carry out their normal work activities competently and to the industry standard. They will also show that they comply with current legislation and company procedures.

The assessment process will ensure that the learner can:

  • interpret the instructions correctly
  • select the appropriate resources for the task
  • complete tasks within the given timescales and specifications


The qualification is designed to meet the following objectives:

  • supporting a role in the workplace
  • knowledge, understanding and skills


This qualification is supported by the Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS).

CSCS provides a registration card scheme acknowledged by industry for those involved in construction. The scheme recognises skills, knowledge and understanding, competence and qualifications.

What does this qualification cover?

As this is a competence-based qualification, learners will be acquiring the knowledge and skills required through on-the-job experience or in a learning environment.

This qualification has a range of pathways and is linked to typical job roles that learners will encounter within the industry.

Who is this qualification for?

This qualification is suitable for:

  • adult returners to education
  • people in employment who wish to enhance their career prospects
  • individuals who wish to start their own business
  • school leavers
  • learners with no prior experience
  • learners not in employment who wish to enhance their career prospects
  • full-time and part-time employees
  • school and college students with a part time job or work experience that enables them to develop the appropriate skills in the workplace


Entry to the qualification is at the discretion of the centre. There are no specific skills, knowledge, understanding or other qualifications that must be achieved before starting this qualification. However, learners must have the potential and opportunity to gain this qualification successfully.

This qualification is mainly taken by individuals employed/seeking employment as a supervisor of lifting operations.


Learners may progress from the (NVQ) Diploma in Controlling Lifting Operations — Supervising Lifts at Level 4 to a qualification at Level 5 in (NVQ) Diploma in Controlling Lifting Operations — Planning Lifts (Construction).

The (NVQ) Diploma in Controlling Lifting Operations — Supervising Lifts at Level 4 can lead to employment in the construction industry and provide invaluable practical experience to learners who aspire to the more technical professions that exist in construction.

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Qualification structure

To gain the qualification, learners must achieve eight mandatory core units (credit value 84).

Please refer to the qualification structure for more information.

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Ongoing course assessment will apply. Each unit specification gives detailed information on the assessment criteria, assessment (evidence) requirements and guidance on instruments of assessment for the unit.

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This group award has been replaced.

It entered its lapsing period on: 30 June 2022

It finishes on: 30 June 2027

Qualification structure

The qualification requires the learner to complete mandatory units (credit value 74).

Group award code: GJ51 80, OFQUAL code: 601/2956/6 (credit value 74)

For information on the structure of this qualification, please refer to the qualification structure (66 KB).

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How to assess

Ongoing course assessment will apply. Each unit specification gives detailed information on the evidence requirements/assessment criteria and approaches to assessment for the unit. 

Learner portfolio

Assessment strategy/principle

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