What does an Appointed Person in Construction do?

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Are you ready to take the next step in your career and become an appointed person on a construction site? If you’re already a supervisor or site manager, then this could be the course for you. It’s important to understand the importance of lifting operations, especially on a construction site. Find out more about our NPORS training course below!


An appointed person is often used in lifting operations. They are the individual who is responsible for the execution of lifting materials, as well as ensuring health and safety is maintained. 

Although other workers can be delegated the duty of overseeing any lifting operations, the responsibility will still remain solely with the appointed person. 


An appointed person is perfect for anyone who is currently within a managerial role, and looking to take on extra responsibility when it comes to lifting operations on site. 

The task of approving all risk assessments, lift categorisation and method statements falls upon the appointed person. It’s always best to ensure your knowledge and qualifications are up to date. 

The appointed person will also be responsible for selecting the correct type of crane or other lifting equipment for the job at hand. 

Despite the added responsibility of being an appointed person, legislation states that a qualification isn’t always required to carry out this particular role. Operators should be able to show a high level of competency in order to do this job. However having a recognised qualification on your CV can put you above other candidates for a job vacancy so it’s definitely something to invest in. Would you like to find out more about our NPORS training course?


Anyone looking to book onto our appointed person training course will need to bring a hard hat, high-vis jacket, safety boots and gloves. Our appointed person course will run over 5 days, and will involve a mix of theory learning and practical training. 

Days 1 – 4 will cover:

  • Legislation controlling crane operations
  • LOLER regulations in detail
  • Crane stability
  • Safe slinging
  • Mobile crane selection
  • Supervise a lift scenario
  • Practical induction
  • Procedures for planning lifts

On the last day of training, individuals will undergo a theory test, practical assessment as well as a RAMS (Risk Assessment & Method Statement) and Lift Plan exercise. 

Once the course has been successfully completed it will be valid for 5 years.

Are you up for the challenge?


Alongside the NPORS N401 Appointed person course available, we also run a range of construction related courses:

  • Excavator courses
  • Roller courses
  • Dumper courses
  • Telehandler courses
  • Health and Safety courses including First Aid at Work and Fire Warden training

If you’re looking to take the next step in your career and take on additional responsibility, then the appointed person course may be just what you’re looking for. We would also highly recommend enquiring about our N100 Excavator as a Crane course. Not only will you learn the signals given to the machine operator, you will also get behind the controls of an excavator and be able to execute these commands. 

We are open from 8am – 6pm Monday to Sunday. If you would like to book onto our courses, we can arrange a date and time to suit you or your company.


Are you ready to train up as a qualified appointed person?

Here at the Diggerland Plant Training School, we have a team of highly skilled instructors ready to help you. As we are also based at the fantastic theme park, Diggerland, we have plenty of construction machinery and equipment available to use for training. With 3 UK locations to choose from in Kent, Durham and Yorkshire, you’ll never be far away from a training centre. 

Alternatively, if you would like to use your own site for training purposes, then we would be more than happy to send our instructors to a location of your choice.

Contact us today to find out more about the upcoming course dates we have available for 2021, as well future 2022 course dates. Give us a call on: 01634 295355 or email us if you require more information about any of our NPORS training courses.