Survey and Examination of Lifting Appliances Training Course
US $200.00

When a lifting appliance fails, the consequences can be far-reaching. Serious injuries and deaths can occur. Legal claims can arise and legal costs can be significant. When equipment fails, the costs of disrupted operations can also be considerable. This course aims to improve the quality of the surveying and examination of lifting appliances to improve their operational safety. Lifting appliances should be thoroughly examined by a ‘competent person’ and this course will help candidates to become a competent person, by presenting some of the key underpinning knowledge, principles and safe practices.


The course covers the key elements of examining and certifying lifting appliances and also highlights the risks of lifting appliance operations and examinations. It focuses on the principles of examining ship-mounted lifting appliances and also applies those principles to offshore cranes and to two types of dockside cranes. The course does not cover linkspans or shiplift systems, heavy lift or other specialised applications, or Ro-Ro lifting equipment, or the multitude of land based crane types, although many of the same principles will apply.

On completion of this course you will receive a Course Diploma

Legislation & references

Lifting appliances come under different legal frameworks, depending on where they are used. Relevant regulations include:
For ship's deck cranes, engine room cranes, and lifting equipment come under:
• International Labour Organisation (ILO) Convention 152, where it applies.
• Ship-mounted life-saving appliances come under:
• SOLAS 1974
• IMO LSA Code
• IMO MSC Circulars
• Individual Flag State requirements
Offshore and land-based appliances come under national regulations, for example:

Learning Objectives

This course will help you towards becoming a ‘competent person’, able to play your part in improving the safety of lifting appliances. If you are involved in preparing lifting appliances for a thorough examination, it will give you the information and insights you need to prepare lifting appliances and their associated equipment effectively. The course will improve your understanding of the key elements of examining lifting appliances and to reinforce your knowledge of the relevant safety practices.

Please note that the final assessment of this course must be completed under the direct supervision of an Authenticating Person. This is the Master/Senior Officer onboard ship or senior official of a registered shipping company or maritime institution onshore. Our Course Procedure refers.