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

SQA code: GR07 83
Ofqual code: 601/3050/7
Total Qualification Time:  890
Guided Learning Hours: 344

This qualification will develop knowledge and skills in areas such as lifting operations and developing and maintaining good working relationships. Learners can specialise in using cranes, lifting equipment, plant or machinery.

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 may be available through employers, training providers and colleges and may be offered in England and Wales.

Rationale and purpose of this qualification

This qualification is aimed at those who are in work and are looking for recognition of their prior learning and experience.

Its primary purpose is to confirm the learner’s occupational competence as a Controlling Lifting Operations Operative. As a work-related, competence-based qualification, it provides 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.

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


The qualification is designed to meet the following objectives:

  • supporting a role in the workplace
  • confirming knowledge, understanding and skills
  • enabling professional membership
  • providing access to a relevant card scheme
  • enabling learners to gain the relevant licence to practice


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 either on-the-job experience or in a learning environment.

Who is this qualification for?

This qualification is suitable for:

  • workers who need the qualification to meet legislative requirements
  • workers wishing to progress into a supervisory position
  • people in employment who wish to enhance their career prospects
  • individuals who wish to start their own business
  • full-time and part-time study

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.


Entry to the qualification is at the discretion of the centre.

This qualification is mainly taken by individuals employed or seeking employment as:

  • controlling lifting operations operative


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.

The Controlling Lifting Operations — Planning Lifts (Construction) can lead to employment within the construction industry.

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Qualification structure

To gain the qualification, learners must achieve mandatory core units, plus Group A.

Please refer to the qualification structure (108 KB) for more information.

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How to assess

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.

The qualification is assessed by completing a portfolio of evidence which details what the learner has completed at work. This can be gathered through observation, professional discussion, witness testimony or 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.

Competence is displayed through the assessor observing the learner demonstrating that they carry out their normal work activities competently and to the industry standard and 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 tasks and can complete them within the given timescales and specifications.

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