LOLER Training Course

CPD Approved RoSPA Approved
LOLER Training
For me
For teams
  • 100% online training

  • Start when you like

  • Learn on any device (desktop, mobile or tablet)

  • Instant assessment and result

  • Train teams of all sizes

  • Bulk discounts starting at 10% off 10 courses

  • Learn on any device (desktop, mobile or tablet)

£31 +VAT

include vat

Includes a 10% discount for 10+ courses

Operations that involve lifting equipment can pose significant risks to people’s health and safety if not properly managed. Under the Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations 1998 (LOLER), both employers and employees have duties they must fulfil in order to ensure the hazards associated with lifting operations and equipment are kept to a minimum.

If you are someone who works with lifting equipment, this course will provide you with a strong awareness of what LOLER requires. It will help you understand the necessary actions that must be taken to meet regulation standards and prevent harm from befalling anyone who works with or near lifting operations and equipment. It includes information on how to assess risks, how to select suitable lifting equipment, how to maintain the equipment, and the importance of thoroughly planning operations.

This course was last audited on: 12th September 2023
  • Written in compliance with the Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations 1998 (LOLER)
  • Developed by health and safety professionals
  • Accredited by CPD and Assured by RoSPA Qualifications
  • Online training course and assessment with no time limits
  • Full audio voiceover
  • Approximate duration: 2-3 hours
  • Same day digital certificate. Printed certificate posted the next working day

Aims of the course

By the end of this course, learners will understand: 

  • The main duties required under LOLER and other relevant legislation. 
  • The main risks posed by lifting operations and lifting equipment, and how these risks can be controlled. 
  • The steps required and the factors to consider when carrying out a risk assessment of lifting operations and lifting equipment. 
  • How to select, position, and install lifting equipment so risks are minimised. 
  • How lifting operations should be planned and supervised so risks are minimised. 
  • How to consider factors that may affect equipment's suitability, such as the environment and positioning. 
  • How to minimise risk factors such as proximity hazards, poor weather and visibility, and working with suspended loads. 
  • The purpose of safe working loads and the importance of adhering to them. 
  • The requirements surrounding thorough examinations, routine maintenance, and pre-use checks.


CPD Approved
RoSPA Approved

All of our courses are accredited by the CPD Certification Service as conforming to universally accepted Continuing Professional Development (CPD) guidelines.

This course is also assured by the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents through their RoSPA Qualifications Assurance System, as providing up-to-date, quality and content-approved training.

On successful completion of the course you will be sent a quality assured certificate through the post the next working day. This can be used to provide evidence for compliance and audit. 

This certificate does not have an expiry date. However, based on industry best practice guidelines, the recommended renewal period for this training is 1 year. We will print this recommended renewal date on your certificate.

Screenshots (click to view)

If you wish to try this course then register for a demo by clicking the 'interactive demo' button. You will be given the option to purchase and continue with your course at the end of your demo!

Interactive Demo

Course content

1Introduction to LOLER What is LOLER?, who has duties under LOLER?, general duties of employees, other relevant legislation, what is lifting equipment?, what are lifting accessories?, what is a load?, equipment excluded from LOLER, and what are the risks?
2Risk Assessment What is a risk assessment?, key definitions, step 1: identify the hazards, step 2: determine who may be harmed and how, step 3: evaluate risks and decide on controls, step 4: record your findings and implement them, and step 5: review and update.
3Selecting Suitable Lifting Equipment and Accessories Selecting lifting equipment and accessories, examples of safe lifting equipment selection, environmental effects, lifting equipment for lifting people, strength and stability, positioning and installation, safe working loads, and derating lifting equipment.
4Examination, Maintenance, and Storage Requirements of examinations and maintenance, what does a thorough examination cover?, competent persons, frequency of thorough examinations, records of thorough examinations, hired equipment, pre-use checks, maintenance of equipment, and safe storage.
5Planning Operations and Reducing Risks Planning and supervision, what should plans cover?, location and positioning of equipment, working with suspended loads, attaching, detaching, and securing loads, preventing overturning and destabilising, visibility and weather, lifting equipment for people, slips, trips, and falls, emergency procedures, and information, instruction, and training.

 Download Course Overview (PDF)


The online assessment is taken on completion of the training material. You will be asked 15 multiple choice questions with a pass mark of 80%. The answers are marked automatically so you will instantly know whether you have passed. If you don't pass don't worry! You can take the test as many times as you need with no extra charge.

Who should take this course?

This course is suitable for anyone who is in charge of a workplace that requires lifting equipment and those who operate lifting operations as part of their job role. It is designed to provide both employers and employees with a strong awareness of what LOLER requires of them. The knowledge they gain from the course will help them prevent people who work with or near lifting equipment from coming in harm’s way.

Does taking this course make me a LOLER ‘Competent Person’?

Under the LOLER Approved Code and Practice and Guidance, anyone wanting to be responsible for carrying out thorough examinations of lifting equipment must have appropriate practical and theoretical knowledge and experience of the lifting equipment to be thoroughly examined. Taking this course alone will not make you competent to carry out thorough examinations of Lifting Equipment.

Course reviews

How do our courses work?

Illustrated image of hand reaching for payment card

Purchase and payment

Add your chosen course to your basket. Once you’ve added all the courses you need, follow our step-by-step checkout process where you can purchase using Debit or Credit card.

For companies ordering 5 or more courses, you’ll also be given the option to pay by invoice.

Illustrated image of a key and an open box

Course access

Once you’ve completed your purchase, look out for an email containing the details you’ll need to start your training. 

If you’ve purchased a single course, we’ll send you a unique course code. You can use this to add your training to an existing account, or create a brand new one. 

Purchased multiple courses for training your team? We’ll email you all the login details you need to distribute to your staff.

Illustrated image of a printed certificate, an envelope and a stopwatch


If your delivery address is in the UK, we will send a hard copy of your certificate to your UK postal address once you’ve completed your course. Although we try to deliver your certificates as soon as possible, please allow 3-4 working days for delivery.

Don’t want to wait? You can instantly download your digital certificate as a PDF after course completion.

Additionally, please note that if your company is paying by invoice we can only issue certificates after your order has been fully paid.

Illustrated image of a question mark, an email and a mobile phone

Continued support

Our friendly customer support team is happy to help at any stage of your training. Call us on 0333 006 7000 or contact, and we’ll do our best to answer any questions you may have. 

Additionally, have you seen our help page? It’s full of useful information to help guide you through your training experience.