Training Services

Training schemes designed by experts for the qualified crane specialists of tomorrow!

Liebherr is internationally recognised as a world-class manufacturer of high technology construction equipment and cranes. The group prides itself on implementing and maintaining the highest quality standards in design, manufacture, after sales product support, training and safety. Now, Liebherr brings its expertise and knowledge to others through our fully certified and accredited training centre situated at our state-of-the-art UK headquarters at Biggleswade, Bedfordshire.
The purpose-built training centre at Biggleswade is staffed by fully qualified instructors and assessors who constantly strive to exceed industry and statutory UK/European legislation requirements through reviewing of health, safety, environmental and training policy procedures.

Course Programmes

Liebherr offers a wide range of statutory courses demanded by today's industry, ensuring compliance with lifting operations and lifting equipment requirements (LOLER 98) and British Standards for the safe use of cranes (BS7121 range).

The fees and programmes range from a basic operations course for mobile cranes up to planning and managing lifting operations.

Appointed Person

A course designed for Site Managers, Project Managers, Supervisors and Engineers whose duties include responsibility for the planning of lifting operations and who will have overall control to act on behalf of the management of the organisation requiring the load to be moved.

Course objectives

To provide clear information of all current legislation BS7121 and LOLER, codes of practice and guidance notes associated with the safe use of cranes and lifting gear during lifting operations, ensuring the implementation of a safe system of work. To gain theoretical and practical knowledge and to be qualified to carry out the responsibilities of the Appointed Person.

Course Content

  • Planning and control of the lifting operation
  • Roles and responsibilities of the lifting team
  • Selection of suitable craneage
  • The provision of properly trained personnel
  • The maintenance, examination and, where necessary, testing of cranes and equipment
  • The adequate supervision by properly trained and competent personnel
  • Checking test certificates and other relevant documentation
  • Providing risk assessments and method statements for lifting operations
  • Site preparation, erection and dismantling of cranes
  • Communication during lifting operations
  • Reading duty charts
  • Elevation and plan drawing to scale
  • Crane terminology

Fees

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Test fees only
  • Theory Test £100
  • Technical Test £325
Course Training / Theory Test / Technical Test
Duration 5 days - Start 08:30 - 17:00 Finish
Fees
  • Training £610
  • Theory Test £70
  • Technical Test £220
  • Courses can be tailored to the candidate's experience
Grants Information regarding grants can be found here

Slinger & Signaller

A course designed for personnel who have received no formal instruction or training in the use of lifting accessories and the use of communication methods.

Course objectives

To provide clear information of all current legislation BS7121 and LOLER, codes of practice and guidance notes associated with the safe use of cranes and lifting gear during lifting operations. To enable them to use the correct methods of communication on site and to ensure the lifting accessories are legal and appropriate methods of attachment are use to lift the loads safely.

Course Content

  • The legal framework, LOLER, PUWER and the HSAWA 1974
  • Roles and responsibilities of the lifting team
  • The provision of properly trained personnel
  • The maintenance and examination of lifting accessories
  • The adequate supervision by properly trained and competent personnel
  • Checking test certificates and other relevant documentation
  • Methods of communication during lifting operations
  • Attaching lifting accessories to various loads with different methods of attachment
  • Calculating load weight and centre of gravity
  • Down rating of lifting accessories

Fees

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Test fees only
  • Theory Test £100
  • Technical Test £425
Course Training / Theory Test / Technical Test
Duration 4 days - Start 08:30 - 17:00 Finish
Fees
  • Training £580
  • Theory Test £ 70
  • Technical Test £200
  • Courses can be tailored to the candidates experience
Grants Information regarding grants can be found here

Crane Supervisor

A course designed for personnel engaged in the duties of controlling lifting operations as may be delegated by the appointed person.

Course objectives

To provide clear information of all current legislation BS7121 and LOLER, codes of practice and guidance notes associated with the safe use of cranes and lifting gear during lifting operations, ensuring the implementation of a safe system of work as laid out in the method statement.

Course Content

  • The legal framework LOLER, PUWER and HASWA 1974
  • Role and responsibilities of the lifting team
  • Understanding of duty charts
  • The provision of properly trained personnel
  • The maintenance, examination and, where necessary, testing of cranes and equipment
  • The adequate supervision by properly trained and competent personnel
  • Checking test certificates and other relevant documentation
  • Extracting information from risk assessments and method statements for lifting operations
  • Site preparation, erection and dismantling of cranes
  • Communications during lifting operations
  • Slinger/signaller training
  • Safe use of lifting accessories

Fees

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Test fees only
  • Theory Test £100
  • Technical Test £425
Course Training / Theory Test / Technical Test
Duration 4 days - Start 08:30 - 17:00 Finish
Fees
  • Training £600
  • Theory Test £70
  • Technical Test £230
Grants Information regarding grants can be found here

Mobile Crane Operator

A course designed for personnel who have received no formal instruction or training in the safe rigging, de-rigging and use of mobile cranes.

Course objectives

To provide clear information of all current legislation BS7121 and LOLER, codes of practice and guidance notes associated with the safe use of cranes and lifting gear during lifting operations. To enable the candidate to safely set up and work with mobile cranes on site. Follow various methods of communication.

Course Content

  • The legal framework, LOLER, PUWER and the HSAWA 1974
  • Roles and responsibilities of the lifting team
  • The provision of properly trained personnel
  • The maintenance and examination of lifting equipment
  • The adequate supervision by properly trained and competent personnel
  • Checking test certificates and other relevant documentation
  • Methods of communication during lifting operations
  • Rigging and de-rigging of mobile cranes
  • Crane terminology
  • Crane types and their capabilities and limitations
  • Rigging, de-rigging and use of fly jibs
  • Pre start inspections and checks to be made by the operator
  • Setting and checking the rated capacity indicator

Fees

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Test fees only
  • Theory Test £100
  • Technical Test £725
Course Training / Theory Test / Technical Test
Duration 10 days - Start 08:30 - 17:00 Finish
Fees
  • Training £2,175
  • Theory Test £70
  • Technical Test £490
  • Courses can be tailored to the candidate’s experience
Grants Information regarding grants can be found here

Crawler Crane Operator

A course designed for personal who have received no formal instruction or training in the safe use of crawler cranes.

Course objectives

To deliver training and testing towards the achievement of the intermediate Construction Award for Crawler Cranes.

Course Content

  • The legal framework, LOLER, PUWER and the HSAWA 1974
  • Roles and responsibilities of the lifting team
  • The provision of properly trained personnel
  • The maintenance and examination of lifting equipment
  • The adequate supervision by properly trained and competent personnel
  • Checking test certificates and other relevant documentation
  • Methods of communication during lifting operations
  • Duty charts
  • Crane terminology
  • Crane types and their capabilities and limitations
  • Pre start inspections and checks to be made by the operator
  • Setting and checking the rated capacity indicator

Fees

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Test fees only
  • Theory Test £100
  • Technical Test £725
Course Training / Theory Test / Technical Test
Duration 10 days - Start 08:30 - 17:00 Finish
Fees
  • Training £2,175
  • Theory Test £70
  • Technical Test £490
  • Courses can be tailored to the candidate’s experience Courses can be carried out at the customer’s location (fees may change)
Grants Information regarding grants can be found here

Mobile elevated work platform (MEWP)

A course designed for potential MEWP operators who have received no formal instruction and those requiring refresher training.

Course objectives

To provide candidates with the relevant theoretical and practical knowledge to enable them to work safely at height with a mobile elevated work platform.

Course Content

  • Responsibilities under the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 and relevant legislation
  • The legal framework
  • Adequate supervision by properly trained and competent personnel
  • Checking test certificates and other relevant documentation
  • Daily checks and responsibilities
  • Ground-bearing pressures of MEWPs
  • Practical training

Fees

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Test fees only
  • Theory Test £100
  • Technical Test £325
Course Training / Theory Test / Technical Test
Duration 2 days Start 08:30 - 17:00 Finish
Fees
  • Training £250
  • Theory Test £70
  • Technical Test £150
  • Courses can be tailored to the candidate's experience
Grants Information regarding grants can be found here

Pedestrian operated tower crane

A course designed for potential pedestrian tower crane operators who have received no formal instruction and those requiring refresher training.

Course objectives

To provide information on all current legislation, codes of practice and guidance notes associated with pedestrian operated tower cranes and their practical application to attain a high standard of training.

Course Content

  • Responsibilities under the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 and relevant legislation
  • The legal framework
  • Adequate supervision by properly trained and competent personnel
  • Checking test certificates and other relevant documentation
  • Interpretation of risk assessments and method statements
  • Communications during lifting operations
  • Daily checks and responsibilities
  • Crane terminology and duty charts

Fees

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Test fees only
  • Theory Test £100
  • Technical Test £425
Course Training / Theory Test / Technical Test
Duration 4 days - Start 08:30 - 17:00 Finish
Fees
  • Training £880
  • Theory Test £70
  • Technical Test £220
  • Courses can be tailored to the candidate's experience
Grants Information regarding grants can be found here

Thorough examination of mobile cranes

A course designed for enable an engineer to examine Liebherr mobile cranes in complete compliance with LOLER98. This course is also a training element which forms part of the requirements to ensure an engineer is deemed competent to Thoroughly Examine mobile cranes.

Course objectives

The course will be based on the CPA Best Practice Guide (BPG) for the Maintenance, Inspection and Thorough Examination of Mobile Cranes.

Course Content

  • Compliance with the CPA Maintenance, Inspection and Thorough Examination Best Practice Guide
  • Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations, (PUWER)
  • Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations, (LOLER98)
  • Liebherr duty charts and operating instructions
  • LICCON - rated capacity indictor
  • LICCON 1 and 2 Practical crane rigging and de-rigging
  • Technical forum

Fees

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Fees Cost per candidate £600
Duration 2 days - Start 08:30 - 17:00 Finish

Influence of wind and LICCON planner

A one day’s course designed for personnel whose duties include responsibility for the planning of lifting operations and who will have overall control to act on behalf of the management of the organisation requiring the load to be moved.

Course objectives

To provide candidates with

  • A detailed outline of the “Influence of Wind” document produced by Liebherr.
  • An overview of the LICCON planner software to aid in the planning of lifting operations.

Course Content

  • Wind influence on the crane and its load
  • Wind basics
  • Factors of wind force calculations
  • Determination of permissible wind speed
  • Calculating ground bearing pressure
  • Manual and automatic crane selection
  • Crane duty charts and configurations
  • Drawing structures

Fees

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Fees Cost per candidate £250
Duration 1 day - Start 08:30 - 17:00 Finish

NVQ

The objective of this is to deliver a nationally recognised industry specific qualification for the lifting industry for appointed persons, crane supervisors, mobile crane operators and slinger/signallers.

The National Vocational Qualification (NVQ) is a competence based qualification which is achieved through normal work based activity. The candidate builds a portfolio to show they have the necessary skills, knowledge, ability, training and experience required to perform the role safely.

Our NVQ Assessors specialise in lifting operations. The team have worked as crane operators, slinger/signallers and crane supervisors. They also carry out the role of Appointed Person for the Liebherr-Great Britain Mining Division; therefore they have the knowledge and experience to guide candidates through the NVQ and achieve it in good time.

Details

NVQ Level 2

  • QUA934 - L2 NVQ Diploma in Controlling Lifting Operations - Slinger/Signaller (Construction)
  • QUL862 - L2 NVQ Diploma in Plant Operations (Construction) - Cranes and Specialist Lifting Plant
  • Fee £700 + VAT

NVQ Level 4

  • QUB919 – L4 NVQ Diploma in Controlling Lifting Operations - Supervising Lifts (Construction)
  • Fee £1,000 + VAT
  • Additional Unit for Slinger/Signaller £250 + VAT- additional unit fee is £15 (no VAT) plus additional unit to skillsfile fee £17.50 + VAT

NVQ Level 5

  • QUA919 – L5 NVQ Diploma in Controlling Lifting Operations - Planning Lifts (Construction)
  • Fee £1,000 + VAT
  • Additional unit for Lift Supervisor £450 + VAT. Additional unit fee is £15 (no VAT) plus additional unit to skillsfile fee £17.50 + VAT

Fees

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Fees Registration fee for all of the above is £82 (no VAT)
E-Portfolio fee £17.50 + VAT
Grants Information regarding grants can be found here

Meet our team

Andy Claypole

Andy trained in the British Army (Royal Engineers) as a crane operator, working around the globe in a variety of unusual lifting environments.

After 12 years he left the Army to join the commercial crane hire industry in the North of England, where he gained extensive experience over a range of crane manufacturers and models.

In 2006 Andy joined Liebherr as their training manager in Biggleswade. He is a qualified CPCS trainer and tester and internal verifier.

Andy manages a team of dedicated instructors and enjoys developing the courses to keep up with customer demand, changes in legislation and new crane technology.

Craig Scammell

Craig initially worked and trained with Ainscough crane hire. Here he gained extensive knowledge of the crane hire business and a wide experience of different crane manufacturers and technologies.

He joined Liebherr in 2009 as a crane Operator Trainer, he has gone on to become a fully qualified CPCS tester and trainer and also works as an NVQ assessor.

As a training school instructor Craig upholds the highest levels of quality and professionalism and enjoys sharing his skills and passion on his courses.

Gordon Barber

Gordon served 13 years in the British Army (Royal Engineers) where he qualified as a Mobile Crane Driver and Slinger/Signaller. He worked in many unusual and challenging environments gaining extensive experience of crane operations.

He joined Liebherr in 2008 as an Operator Trainer and has trained operators on the various models of Liebherr cranes. He has supplemented his industry experience with continual training in house and at factory sites.

He is a fully qualified CPCS Trainer/Tester and NVQ Assessor in the categories of Appointed Person, Crane/Lifting Operations Supervisor, Mobile Crane Operator and Slinger/Signaller.

As part of the training team Gordon has been an instrumental part is training candidates to the highest standards expected by the industry.

Andrew Nichols

Andrew Nichols has been operating mobile cranes for 18 years, driving a diverse range of machines for large hire fleets. He has also been involved in rigging, including working on large cranes both as a rigging driver and as a rigger during crane build-ups.

During his career in the industry he has worked with specialist cranes such as the Franna and lift and carry duty cranes. For the past eight years Andrew has worked freelance as an appointed person and lift supervisor for drilling companies and hire companies and has built up extensive industry knowledge across a very varied customer base.

Andrew has also worked in the TV and film industry.

Martyn Lapworth

At the age of 16 Martyn joined the British army (Royal Engineers) where he took on a number of roles and ultimately specialised as a crane operator gaining broad experience.

After seven years Martyn left the army and drove Class 1 HGVs for ten years before joining a local crane hire company. He spent ten years there getting lots of lifting industry experience on a variety of different machines and qualifying as a lift supervisor.

Martyn joined Liebherr in 2015 as an operator trainer. He has since qualified to become an Appointed Person, CPCS tester and lifting accessories examiner and is keen to pass on his knowledge and experience to the next generation of crane operators.

Ellie Green

Ellie joined the company in 2020 as Training Coordinator for Liebherr Training Services in Biggleswade. Ellie’s previous experience came from the recruitment industry where she assisted candidates in seeking out new employment opportunities and provided administrative support to a busy team.

Ellie now uses her organisational and administrative skills to coordinate training taking place throughout the UK and Ireland as well as supporting Andy Claypole and his team of trainers with day to day administrative duties.

Address

Liebherr-Great Britain Ltd.

Stratton Business Park

Normandy Lane

Biggleswade SG18 8QB

United Kingdom

“Excellent presentation and delivery skills. Very good course, it exceeded my expectations and I would strongly recommend this it to others.”

“The Course was a real learning curve. Thought the trainer presented it very well as NONE of us are crane people. Really enjoyed it!”

“The trainer was very good in my opinion, he asked questions of us and answered questions I asked. The course was over two weeks and was very good.”

“Thoroughly enjoyed course, the trainer was a brilliant instructor, pleasure to be taught by him. Worth every Penny and I think I have learned to a high standard.”

“The trainer was very professional in the way he delivered the course. He was always willing to answer questions, but maintained a good pace. A very good course – Very well presented!”

“Fantastic Trainer and Tester, who had full understanding of students requirements.”

“Picked up a lot from the crane experience course. Excellent mix of theory and practical mobile crane training.”

“The trainers were friendly and easy to work with. They gave all the candidates the confidence to pass the course. I have enjoyed my four days and would recommend the course and facilities to anyone.”

“The trainer is a very good instructor, he broke down the training really well. A very interesting course.”

“Instructor and tester very helpful and willing to give extra help where necessary.”

“The trainer is very good at was he does, that makes learning very easy. Thanks!”

“Instructor explained well and was always willing to answer questions, including telling is about his experiences. Good course, has given me encouragement to continue with NVQ.”

“All personel were very professional, very polite and understanding about nerves. The course catered for all areas of my work and was excellent overall.”

“Special Thanks to the trainer, as he went through everything very thoroughly.”

Address

Liebherr-Great Britain Ltd.

Stratton Business Park

Normandy Lane

Biggleswade SG18 8QB

United Kingdom