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Hoist & Winch Training in Manchester


Fully accredited  Hoist & Winch Training courses. 1 to 2 day course, depending on experience.

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 Hoist & Winch Training  Courses

Pro Trainers UK is an accredited lifting and banksman training organisation in Manchester with the LANTRA, I.T.S.S.A.R. and National Plant (NPORS) training bodies. Our training is delivered to an exceptional standard and is monitored regularly to ensure quality. Our  Hoist & Winch Training certification is nationally recognised and can be used nationwide.

Our Hoist & Winch Training courses include: ​

  • Certification options for Quality Assurance, NPORS, LANTRA and ITSSAR

  • Full Certification and Test Fees

  • Provision of ID card with photograph

  • Certificate of Basic Training

  • A detailed course manual with working exercises (except Refresher courses)

  •  Hoist & Winch Training courses are available onsite and at our training centre



Our  Hoist & Winch Training Courses


Hoist and Winch Novice Course

At Pro Trainers UK, we are dedicated to providing top-tier lifting and banksman training that goes above and beyond industry standards. Our hoist and winch courses are meticulously crafted to ensure that your team achieves the highest level of operational excellence. We take great pride in our thorough assessment reports, custom-tailored to each course, offering you the assurance that your employees are fully proficient in all aspects of the training.


Course Name: Hoist and Winch Training

Target Audience: Ideal for novices or operators seeking to expand their expertise to include other types of lifting equipment.

Duration: The duration varies depending on specific requirements, typically spanning 2 days with a maximum of 4 participants.

Availability: Offered both onsite and at our training centre for your convenience.

Key Learning Outcomes:

  • Gain proficiency in operating hoists and winches.

  • Enhance employability with a broader skill set encompassing various lifting machinery.

  • Receive a comprehensive certification upon completion of the hoist and winch training course.


Key Assessment Areas

At Pro Trainers UK, we adhere to guidelines established by NPORS & ITSSAR to ensure that our staff receive comprehensive training that meets industry standards. Our assessment report for hoist and winch training encompasses various crucial points to certify the competence of our trainees in all aspects of the course.

Safety Awareness Session: During the safety awareness session, participants are educated on the hazards associated with the use of construction passenger or goods hoists. This includes understanding safe working load marking, erecting, inspecting, and testing construction hoists. Additionally, participants learn about the functions of all main components and are instructed on safe operating practices in accordance with the Health & Safety at Work Act 1974 and the Provision & Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998.

Pre-start Checks: Trainees undergo rigorous pre-start checks to ensure the proper functioning and safety of hoists and winches. This includes inspecting hoist way enclosures, landing gates, cage/platform gates, and electrical/mechanical interlocks. Additionally, suspension devices, masts, travel limit switches, guides, safety gear, winches, counterweights, electrical components, and buffers are thoroughly examined for any signs of damage or malfunction.

Goods Hoists Operation: Participants operating goods hoists are tasked with raising and lowering loads to all platform levels. They are responsible for ensuring the security and weight of each load before operation, prioritizing safety and efficiency throughout the process.

Passenger Hoists Operation: For those operating passenger hoists, the focus lies on safely transporting passengers to different levels. Trainees must demonstrate the ability to stop the hoist at the correct landing points, ensuring the safety of all passengers on board. They are also trained in using agreed signal codes for effective communication during operations.

End of Shift Protocol: At the end of each shift, trainees are required to park the hoist safely in the designated position, remove the key, and isolate the hoist from the main power supply. A thorough inspection is conducted to identify any defects, and any issues are reported immediately for timely resolution.

Testing and Certification Details


The Practical Test and Its Importance

Our hoist and winch training culminates in a practical test, a crucial step towards certification. This test, validated and approved by either NPORS, LANTRA, ITSSAR or Quality Assurance (depending on your preferences) is a comprehensive evaluation of your crane operating skills. Passing this test signifies that you have attained the proficiency required to operate a hoist and winch safely and effectively. It's important to note that this test is not just a formality; it's a rigorous assessment that ensures you are ready for real-world operations.


Three stages of Training

Basic Training: This is where you'll learn the fundamentals of hoist and winch operation, including handling and safety procedures. It's the first step towards becoming a competent operator.

Specific Job Training: Tailored to your workplace, this stage includes training on specific handling attachments and knowledge of the work environment.

Familiarisation Training: Conducted on the job under close supervision, this stage allows you to apply what you've learned in a practical setting, ensuring you're comfortable and competent in your specific work context.


Test Revisions & Expectations

The practical test has undergone revisions to ensure it remains relevant and challenging. These changes include an updated marking sheet, where certain faults may now score higher, reflecting the emphasis on safety and precision in operations. Additionally, the test now includes a written component, where candidates are expected to achieve a minimum score of 80%. This includes both multiple-choice and open questions, ensuring a comprehensive understanding of both practical and theoretical aspects of hoist and winch operation.


1. Are there any prerequisites for enrolling in the hoist and winch training course? While there are no formal prerequisites for this course, participants are expected to have a basic understanding of construction site operations and safety protocols. Prior experience in working with hoists or winches may be beneficial but is not mandatory.

2. What topics are covered during the safety awareness session? The safety awareness session covers a range of topics, including hazards associated with hoist and winch operations, safe working load marking, erecting and testing construction hoists, understanding main component functions, and adhering to safe operating practices as per relevant health and safety regulations.

3. What pre-start checks are conducted before operating hoists and winches? Prior to operation, participants conduct thorough pre-start checks on various components, including hoist way enclosures, gates, suspension devices, masts, travel limit switches, guides, safety gear, winches, electrical components, and buffers. This ensures the equipment is in optimal condition for safe operation.

4. How long does hoist and winch training typically take? The duration of hoist and winch training is typically 1-2 days depending on the number of participants. 

5. Can hoist and winch training be conducted onsite at our facility? Yes, we understand the importance of convenience and can conduct training sessions directly at your facility to minimize disruption to your operations.

6. What qualifications will my employees receive upon completing the training? Upon successful completion of the hoist and winch training, your employees will receive a comprehensive certification demonstrating their competence in operating this equipment safely and effectively.



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