CPCS (A36) - Lorry Loader Training & Testing

The CPCS Lorry Loader training course has been designed for those who operate a lorry loader, also known as HIABs, lorry mounted cranes or lorry mounted loaders. This course ensures that operators are safely and completely trained to operate the machinery at all times.

There are a number of CPCS certification categories for this CPCS training course and as such candidates can be trained on the following:

  • A36A: Lorry Loader – Hook
  • A36B: Lorry Loader – Clamshell Bucket
  • A36C: Lorry Loader – Hydraulic Clamp

There are both Foundation and Experienced Worker courses available for this category of CPCS lorry loader training. Foundation courses last on average for 4 days and are best suited to those who are relatively new to the role, whereas Experienced Worker courses are for those with 2 years or more recent (and constant) experience and run for 2 days.

Both versions of these CPCS courses will finish with the CPCS theory and practical tests for this category; the practical test for the Lorry Loader must be completed within an hour and will consist of the candidate using the machine to complete a variety of activities and manoeuvres including lifting and placing loads.

Successful candidates will receive the CPCS Red Card (Trained Operator) endorsed with the Lorry Loader training category, valid for 2 years. To upgrade to the Blue Competence CPCS card, operators must then work towards their NVQ in Plant Operations within those 2 years.

Please note that candidates must have successfully completed the CSCS Health, Safety and Environment touchscreen test within the past two years.


Private individuals looking to undertake any CPCS course should read our guidelines for CPCS Training and the Private Individual before applying, as the implications are different to those of a CITB registered company.

CPCS Course Detail

This CPCS training course provides thorough training to all relevant operators in the responsibilities of a Lorry Loader, to enable the candidate to competently and safely carry out the role.

This CPCS course includes the following elements:

  • Pre-running checks of both the carrier vehicle and lifting appliance
  • Configuration for a range of tasks, including road and site travel
  • Loading vehicle safely, in accordance with industry practices
  • Removing and reattaching the bucket
  • In and out of service conditions, and how to set the machine to each
  • Loading and unloading procedures

For all CPCS categories, the CPCS theory test is a verbal questions and answer session which will take approximately an hour to complete. The CPCS practical test for the Vehicle/Plant Marshaller training course must be completed within fifty minutes and will consist of the candidate completing a variety of activities and manoeuvres.

Course Delivery

Please check the Dates section for open courses in the CPCS (A36) Lorry Loader category, or for more general help or further information please send an enquiry to

Trainer Course Title Days Price ex. VAT
CPCS Training (A36) - Lorry Loader Course - Experienced Worker 2 from £580.00
CPCS Training (A36) - Lorry Loader Course - Foundation/Novice 3 - 5 from £855.00
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