Lorry Loader Training

Lorry loaders are generally used as delivery vehicles to construction sites, they can be used as a crane with a hook, other attachment are available e.g. brick grab, buckets & forks.

Most Construction sites today are insistent that the driver/operator holds a current CPCS card to operate Lorry Loaders on their sites.

Supported by the UK Contractors Group (UKCG) which is the primary association for contractors operating in the UK.

Make sure you are fully qualified to operate your Lorry Loader Your future may depend on it.

So what can you do?

If you are an experienced driver of a lorry loader, why not get yourself qualified to the country's leading competency card scheme, a CPCS operators card. Simply contact Industrial Training Services and we can handle the rest for you, with qualified assessors we can arrange for a test & test area with all the necessary equipment and make it available for you.

We at Industrial Training Services provide fully trained instructor/assessors for professional tuition and guidance, we can also assist you in gaining your NVQ qualification of competence.

Remember your CPCS Red card will only last for two years, in this time you need to complete your NVQ level 2 in plant operations to retain your card.

For your NVQ Assessment you have come to the right place - turn your red operator card into a blue competency card with our professional services.


If you are employed and your employer is a CITB Levy payer then Grants are available for all CPCS Testing and CAA Training Programmes. All short duration courses could also be funded through the CITB Grants Scheme.

Lorry Loader CPCS card

The Lorry Loader category is divided into 3 categories, so ensure you get it right:

  • A36A Lorry Loader (Hook)
  • A36B Lorry Loader (Clamshell Bucket)
  • A36C Lorry Loader (Hydraulic Grab)
Part One

To apply for a test only you must have a current Health & Safety test pass (within the last 2 years) to be able to sit a theory & practical test.

Part Two

A professional discussion on a one to one basis. The CPCS Tester will read out a question and you must answer correctly. The pass mark is approximately 80% and the duration of this test is 1 hour 15 minutes (maximum).

We do have Lorry Loader study notes available on request at £9.99, all the answers to the questions are embedded in the text, they will also give you guidance on good practice that will help with the practical test.

Part Three

A practical test. We will supply the lifts and the test area, which meets the CPCS criteria. You will be given instructions by the CPCS tester and you have 1 hour 45 minutes (maximum) to complete the practical test.

No pre-training will be given if you book the test only

If you require training we have 3 options available for you

Option 1 - 3 Days
Lorry Loader Novice course, this course is designed for Lorry Loader operators with no previous experience.

Option 2 - 2 Days Lorry Loader Semi-experience operator course, this course is designed for Lorry Loader operators with some previous experience.

Option 3 - 1 Day Lorry Loader refresher course, this course is designed for Lorry Loader operators that have previously been certificated.

Course Outline

  • Health & Safety at Work Act 1974.
  • Provision & use of work equipment Regulations 1998.
  • Lifting operations & lifting equipment regulations 1998.
  • Personal Protective equipment.
  • Risk assessment.
  • Identification of components & terminology and capabilities.
  • Identification of controls.
  • Drive and manoeuvre the lorry loader, park and secure vehicle.
  • Awareness of electricity and proximity hazards on site during lorry loader operations.
  • Inspection of Slings & Lifting equipment.
  • Pre-operational vehicle checks.
  • Pre-operational lifting equipment checks.
  • Site the vehicle for lifting.
  • Prepare lorry loader for lifting.
  • Slinger signaller techniques.
  • Lorry Loader operations techniques, safe use of the lorry loader.
  • Prepare for on road travel.
  • Prepare lorry for lifting.
  • Lifting loads and placing loads on the vehicle and at ground level.
  • Loading the lorry, position on vehicle, e.g. axel weights.
  • Practical and theory tests.

If you wish to book a training course for the Lorry Loader or just a test please call on 01268 560400


In order for a trained operator of a Lorry Loader to move from a (RED CARD) through to a competent operator Lorry Loader (BLUE CARD) you will need to provide evidence of your practical abilities and working knowledge of the industry you are in. Your practical abilities should be relatively easy to assess and the assessor could complete in normally 2 site visits, but you will be required to provide additional tangible evidence in your knowledge of site procedures, security, company procedures etc.

However with the help of our experienced assessors you will find it a straight forward experience.

Once you have achieved your Lorry Loader NVQ you can then apply for your Competent operators card (BLUE CARD) once you have this you are able to operate a Lorry Loader on site for 5 years. You will also be issued with a logbook, you will need to log at least 300 Hours of operating experience on a Lorry Loader over a 5 years period to enable you to renew your card, as well as passing the Health and Safety test you will also need to pass the new operators renewal test (coming soon).


By definition a Lorry Loader is a combination of a load carrying vehicle (lorry) and a loader crane, which is intended to facilitate the handling of goods, on and off the vehicle.

They are suitable for when extremely heavy loads need to be lifted on & off the vehicle and can generally lift weights of around 3 to 25 tonnes, sometimes even more and, if this were not impressive enough, they can lift large loads to a distance of around 15 metres or more, and makes them very useful for heavy industry & construction, this means that they are a great alternative to hiring in heavy cranes or lifting equipment which can often be more expensive than a Lorry Loader, they are also convenient for the Lorry Loader driver as he can unload himself to reduce delays and turnaround times.

Lifting operations should be planned and supervised and carried out in a safe manner by people who are trained and competent.

For further information contact 01268 560400 or
e.mail: info@industrial-training-services.co.uk