Hoist Training

Accredited by the National Plant Operators Registration Scheme (NPORS) & Independent Training Standards Scheme & Register (ITSSAR), Pro Trainers UK provides quality MEWP training in Manchester to those in need of Certificate of Competence and Achievement. The aim of our Hoist training course is to provide the candidate with the essential knowledge and skill to perform his tasks to the highest level.

Hoist training courses last between 1-2 days depending upon the requirements of the participants (refresher courses, intensive courses etc.), with partakers developing essential skills like machine operation, health and safety, and accepted good practice.

During the course, participants will be encouraged to participate in practical demonstrations and exercises, as well as learning theory lessons to ensure their understanding of the material is comprehensive.


What is a Hoist

The basic hoist has two important characteristics to define it: Lifting medium and power type. The lifting medium is either wire rope, wrapped around a drum, or load-chain, raised by a pulley with a special profile to engage the chain. The power can be provided by different means. Common means are hydraulics, electrical and air driven motors. Both the wire rope hoist and chain hoist have been in common use since the 1800s. however; Mass production of an electric hoist did not start until the early 1900s and was first adapted by Germany. A hoist can be built as one integral-package unit, designed for cost-effective purchasing and moderate use, or it can be built as a built-up custom unit, designed for durability and performance. The built-up hoist will be much more expensive, but will also be easier to repair and more durable. Package units were once regarded as being designed for light to moderate usage, but since the 60s this has changed. Built-up units are designed for heavy to severe service, but over the years that market has decreased in size since the advent of the more durable packaged hoist. A machine shop or fabricating shop will use an integral-package hoist, while a Steel Mill or NASA would use a built-up unit to meet durability, performance, and repairability requirements. NASA has also seen a change in the use of package hoists. The NASA Astronaut training pool, for example, utilizes cranes with packaged hoists.., these hoists combine a number of components to provide safety and ease of use.

How long do Hoist courses last?

This common question is not easily answered, as the answer lies in the existing training level of the participant. Pro Trainers UK are well versed in working with companies of all shapes and sizes, and can advise on the most suitable course duration on a bespoke basis.

Key facts

1-2 Day Training Course


Pass Rate


Course Attendees



Assessment report

Pro Trainers UK follow a specific set of guidelines as determined by NPORS & ITSSAR to ensure your staff are trained to the highest standard. We utilise the following points to create an assessment report specific to the training course, creating confidence in knowing employees are competent in all course requirements.

tick Safety Awareness Session Covering: 1. Hazards arising from the use of Construction Passenger or Goods Hoists 2. Safe Working Load Marking of Construction Hoists. 3. Erecting, Inspecting & Testing of Construction Hoists. 4. The Functions of all Main Components. 5. Safe Operating Practices. 6. Health & Safety at Work Act 1974 – Sections 2, 7 & 8 7. Provisions & Use of work Equipment Regulations 1998

tick Pre-start Checks: 1. Hoist way enclosure. 2. Landing Gates. 3. Cage / Platform Gates. 4. Electrical/ Mechanical Interlocks. 5. Suspension Devices (Ropes, Chains, Racks & Pinions). 6. Mast (Including Ties & Locking Bolts). 7. Travel Limit Switches. 8. Guides & Guide Shoes. 9. Safety Gear & Notices 10. Winches & Bearings. 11. Counterweight. 12. Electrical (Cables, Conduits, Switches, etc.) 13. Buffers.

tick Goods Hoists Only: Operating Hoists to Raise & Lower Loads to All platforms levels. Checking the security & Weight of each load.

tick Passenger Hoists only: Operated Passenger Hoist All to levels. Stopping the Hoist at the correct landing point and showing due regard to the Safety of All Passengers. Understood & Used Agreed Signal Code

tick End of shift: Park Hoist Safely in correct position, Remove key, Isolated Hoist at Mains Supply. Check for defects and if any report them immediately.