Level 5 NVQ Diploma in Controlling Lifting Operations — Planning Lifts (Construction)

SQA code: GJ52 83
Ofqual code: 601/3050/7
Minimum Total Qualification Time: 890
Minimum Guided Learning Hours: 344
Minimum Credit value: 89

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

This qualification covers the following areas:

  • planning lifting activities using cranes and/or lifting equipment in the workplace
  • planning activities and resources to meet work requirements in the workplace
  • evaluating and selecting work methods to meet project or operational requirements
  • planning the preparation of the site for the project or operation in the workplace
  • identifying, allocating and planning the development and use of plant, equipment or machinery in the workplace

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

Qualification rationale and objectives

Rationale and purpose of this qualification

The qualification is designed to ensure competence in the planning of lifting operations to recognised industrial standards. It is aimed at those who do not have any prior experience of the industry. It is also suitable for 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 qualification is designed to lead the learner to one or more of the following objectives:

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

Purpose of this qualification

The primary purpose of this qualification is to develop and confirm the learner’s occupational competence as a planner of lifting operations. As a work-related, competence-based qualification it will provide (on completion) confirmation to employers, industry managers and card schemes that the learner has 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 details what the learner has completed at work and 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 the role.

Competence is displayed through the assessor observing the learner demonstrate that they carry out their normal work activities competently to the industry standard and that they comply with current legislation and company procedures. The assessment process will ensure that the learner can complete the tasks that they have been directed to undertake and that they can interpret the instructions correctly. They will demonstrate that they can select the appropriate resources for the task and demonstrate that they can complete tasks within the given timescales and specifications.


This qualification is supported by Construction Plant Competence Scheme (CPCS).

CPCS provides a registration card scheme acknowledged by industry for those involved in plant operations. 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.

To achieve the whole qualification learners need a minimum of 89 credits and must complete seven mandatory units.

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

There are no specific skills, knowledge understanding or any other qualifications that must be achieved in order to start 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 planner of lifting operations.


This qualification does not currently form a component of an apprenticeship.


The (NVQ) Diploma in Controlling Lifting Operations — Planning Lifts at Level 5 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.

What approvals are needed?

Centres must 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 Systems and Qualification Approval Guide.

Where can you take this course

Qualification content and delivery tools

Qualification structure

The qualification requires the learner to complete seven mandatory units (credit value 89).

Group award code: GJ52 83, OFQUAL Code: 601/3050/7 (credit value 89)

Please refer to the qualification structure (64 KB) for more information. 

Unit specifications

Unit specifications for this qualification are available on the Unit search.

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