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SRUC Training Courses: LOLER Inspector (Thorough Examination of Arboricultural Lifting Equipment )

Accrediting Body

City & Guilds


This three day training course is aimed at those who inspect lifting equipment in the arboriculture industry. The Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations (LOLER) 1998 require that all lifting equipment is subject to a regular thorough inspection by a competent person leading to Assessment in NPTC's Certificate of Competence in the Thorough Examination of Arboricultural Equipment

What is Involved?

Qualification Overview: Inspecting a range of arboricultural rigging equipment to prove competence in recognising faults and various loads and limits involved with arboricultural rigging equipment. It also covers legislation and terminology.The candidate will be able to:1. Understand the legislation and other official guidance relating to the examination of arboricultural equipment
2. Understand the definition and status of a “competent person” under LOLER
3. Identify the range of lifting and lowering equipment appropriate to working at height in arboricultural operations
4. Understand the requirements for operator pre-use checks, inspection and record keeping
5. Identify different categories of equipment and their appropriate examination intervals
6. Recognise appropriate marking of equipment to identify individual items
7. Correctly identify levels of wear and damage in a range of arboricultural equipment
8. Record the findings of the “thorough examination” using the appropriate forms
9. Make recommendations for future use and inspection or retirement of equipment, according to findings

Entry Requirements

Pre-requisites for this course: It is recommended that participants hold up to CS41.

Certification/Award on Completion

Certificate of Competence in the Thorough Examination of Arboricultural Equipment

What you will need to bring

Pen and Paper.

Course Dates

SRUC Oatridge Campus Dates:
25th – 27th September, assessment on 1st October 2019

Further dates can be scheduled on request, please contact the campus to register your interest.


3 days plus 1 day for assessment

Start/Finish Times

9am to 4.30pm approximately


SRUC Oatridge Campus


£500.00 per person. Course fees include training, assessment and registration fees. Please note there is no VAT on our training.


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To book a place on one of our courses, please complete and return the course booking form to the appropriate campus address or email address shown below. Course fees must be paid in full at the time of booking. Payments can be made over the phone using a debit/credit card, by cheque made payable to SRUC or by Bank Transfer (for bank transfer details please contact your chosen campus).


Cancellations must be made at least 10 working days prior to the course start date otherwise the full course fee is still payable. In the event that SRUC has to cancel a course for any reason your course fees will be refunded in full or your booking transferred to the next available date if this is suitable.


Samantha Bain (SRUC Oatridge)