As Hawks are a crawler crane hire company, we know what it takes to train new operators, therefore successful candidates will not just a Construction Plant Competence Scheme (CPCS) Crawler Crane Operators card, but enhanced training to ensure they have the best knowledge and experience before they start operating on site.

For more information or to book a course call or email our Training Manager, Aman:



Hawks Course dates for Jan to April 2024

Course Aims

The course aims to provide high quality training and testing in the safe and effective use of plant and machinery to enable the candidate to attain the CPCS Red Operator Card.

This course is for anyone who requires training in operating Crawler Crane and is suitable for those students who have received no formal instruction.

If you wish to refresh your skills, we offer a short duration course. (Please call for details regarding shorter courses).

Entry requirements

  • CITB Health, safety and environment test passed within two years before the course start date or CPCS test date.
  • Students should possess a good understanding of spoken and written English. Please don’t hesitate to contact us, if you have any concerns in this area.

Teaching and Assessment

  • Six (6) Days Training – Classroom-based and Practical Training
  • Mock tests done throughout the week to ensure successful outcome from the course
  • One (1) Day – CPCS Testing Theory and Practical

Course Content

Students who complete the course will be able to:

  • Name and explain the function of the principle components, basic construction, controls and terminology associated with the operation of a crawler crane
  • Conform with manufacturers requirements as per the operators handbook, other information sources and relevant regulations and legislation
  • Undertake all pre-use checks
  • Configure and ready a crawler crane for travel
  • Travel the crawler crane to an area of work
  • Manoeuvre a crawler crane in confined spaces
  • Configure a crawler crane for lifting duties
  • Explain rigging and de-rigging procedures when fitting a lattice-type extension
  • Explain the actions required when being exposed to hazards, underground and overhead services before, during and after a lift • Programme/set-up rated capacity indicators (RCI’s) for lifting duties
  • Lift various loads using the full radius and slewing capabilities of a crawler crane
  • Accurately place loads, minimise the swinging of loads
  • Change falls of rope on a hook block
  • Move loads through machine travel and comply with signals and instructions
  • Maintain safe working situations
  • Prepare the crawler crane in preparation of movement from lifting duties
  • Carry out shut down and securing procedures
  • Explain loading and unloading procedures for machine transporting
  • Know how to identify and counter Jib deflection
  • Identify different types of crawler cranes


On successful completion of the Theory & Practical tests the candidate is awarded the Red Trained Operators Card, which is valid for two (2) years. This can be upgraded to the Blue card, which is further valid for five (5) years.

Questions about our training services?

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