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LOLER Competent Person (Competence Assessment)

OPITO Standard

Product Code: 9063

Who is this Product for?

This Product is for personnel who have been recommended to take on the LOLER Competent Person (LCP) role by their sponsoring company and are required to be assessed (or re-assessed) against the competence assessment criteria in this standard.

What does this Product cover?

This Product is to establish that the learner has the required underpinning knowledge, understanding and practical skills to undertake the role as a LOLER Competent Person/ LOLER Focal Point at the workplace.

Entry Requirements

It is the responsibility of the employer to ensure that learners are ready to be assessed. Learners for competence assessment require:

(a) Suitable and relevant experience in both crane operations and hoisting and lifting operations involving the use of portable lifting equipment.

(b) A formal letter from the current employer on company letterhead recommending the candidate for LCP assessment confirming his/her relevant lifting operations knowledge and experience (refer to (c) below) and supervisory capability. This letter shall be sent directly from the employer to the Assessment Centre prior to the assessment taking place.

(c) Knowledge and experience of:

(1) LOLER, PUWER and HASAWA regulations.
(2) Safe Systems of Work.
(3) Assessment of personnel.
(4) Management of personnel.
(5) The inspection of lifting equipment and the concept of discard criteria.
(6) Safe use of lifting equipment.
(7) The management of rigging lofts.
(8) The planning of lifting operations.
(9) Risk assessment.


There may be occasions when it is deemed appropriate for learners to undertake a revision course prior to assessment to refresh their knowledge of the regulations.

Medical entry requirements

Training and/or assessment activities contained within this Product may include physically demanding and potentially stressful elements. All personnel who participate in such activities must be capable of participating fully.

Therefore, OPITO-approved Centres are required, to ensure that prior to participating in practical exercises the learner undergoes medical screening by completing an appropriate medical screening form provided by the OPITO-approved Centre

The OPITO-approved Centre shall keep a record of the learner’s declaration of fitness in accordance with their document control policy(s) or procedures.

This information, along with summary details of the type of physical activities the learner will be asked to perform, will be given to learners by the OPITO-approved Centre and, if applicable, to their sponsoring company as part of the joining instructions. The responsibility for declaring any current or pre-existing medical conditions that could have adverse effects to the individual’s state of health while undertaking the training and/or assessment activities lies with the learner and/or company sponsoring the learner.

Where doubt exists regarding the fitness of any learner, the OPITO-approved Centre should direct the individual to consult a medical officer familiar with the nature and extent of the training.

Note: Practical exercises should be designed and delivered solely to meet this Product, and must not place on the learners any demands other than those required to meet the Product.

Product Achievement Requirements

To achieve the LOLER Competent Person (Competence Assessment) the learner will need to complete the 2 mandatory units.

Guided Learning Hours

14 hours

What could this Product lead to?

LOLER Competent Person (Competence Re-Assessment)


2 years

If a learner has not worked in this position for a period of 2 years they must once again be put forward by their employing company for assessment. Also by the very nature of the position, the LCP should undergo continuous competence assessment through their own company management system and keep current with changes in legislation, company policies and technical innovations. 

Please note: If the expiry date on the learners previous certificate is within 3 months prior of the course enrolment date then the date of the new certificate should correspond with the expiry date of the existing/previous certificate unless stated otherwise by the Duty Holder or Asset Owner or Operator.

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