HRETDs lifting equipment inspection training course details
Lifting equipment inspection
SAQA unit standard: 253575
Field: Manufacturing, Engineering and Technology
NQF level:  02
Maximum learners per group: Ten learners
Novice training duration: Three days
Re-certification training duration: Certificate does not expire
HRETDs lifting equipment inspection training course details
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Training requirments
Advanced driving
Crane operations
Lift trucks
Lifting operations
Basic rigging
Lifting equipment inspection
Safe lifting practice
Earthmoving plant
Construction plant
Construction site safety
Health and safety
ISO standards
Dangerous goods
Tools & powertools
Landscaping tools
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Included in this mutimedia training programme The objective of the lifting equipment inspection (LEI) course is to enable learners to inspect lifting tackle and equipment according to the Occupational Health and Safety Act.

In this training course we considered the basic legal requirements concerning the design, manufacture, testing, examining and use of lifting equipment. We look at the minimum requirements that manufacturers, suppliers, repairers and hirers of equipment must meet and the tests that must be carried out to ensure the safety of their equipment. We also look at the duties that are imposed on testers and examiners, and on owners and users of lifting equipment.

Entry requirements

Maths and English literacy (minimum Grade 10).

For any queries regarding the requirements and conditions of lifting equipment inspection training, contact our skills development advisor for more information.

Materials handling and lifting operations training

Each learner will receive

Lifting equipment inspection training

Safe lifting practices

Course content

Standards and codes of practice for lifting tackle inspection

We take the learners through the Code of Practice, the Occupational Health and Safety Act, Mine Health and Safety Act of 1996, standards, testing and examining, construction, marking and identification, Safe Working Load, Working Load Limit, proof load, mass and force, force, stress and preferred numbers.


We discuss BS 2903, materials, types of hooks, grade mark, proof testing, shank hooks, rams horn hooks and other types of hooks.

Chains, rings, links and chain slings

We take learners through welded construction slings, mechanically assembled slings, components with clevis fittings, couple assembled components, rating chain slings, testing chain slings, endless slings, multi-leg slings, trigonometric rated slings, uniform load rated slings, examining chain slings and marking.

Shackles and eyebolts
Stress and strain in lifting equipment (Hooke’s law and Young’s modulus)

We talk about tensile, compressive and shear forces, stress and strain, tensile test, elasticity, Hooke’s law, Young’s modulus, bending stresses and lifting beams and spreader beams.


Wire rope construction and wire rope slings

Textile slings

Lifting beams, spreaders and frames

Hand-operated chain blocks

Lifting and pulling machines using a gripping action on the wire rope

We talk about types of lifting and pulling machines, principles for the selection of the appropriate ones to use, information which should be exchanged between the user and the designer or supplier, marking, storage and handling.

Beam clamps

We discuss types of beam clamp, principles for the selection of the appropriate one for the job, information which should be exchanged between the user and the designer or supplier, legal requirements, marking, storage and handling, in-service inspection and maintenance and safe use of beam clamps.

Travelling girder trolleys

Hand operated chain lever hoists

Plate handling clamps

Man-made fiber roundslings

Assessment methods

We conduct a formative theoretical assessment at the beginning of the course to gauge the learner’s initial understanding (novices only). At the end of the training, a summative theoretical and practical application assessment is conducted, to find if the learner is competent; if not, additional developmental areas are identified and suggested.

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Accredited by the Transport Education Training Authority (TETA)Training programme accreditation

This training programme is aligned to a qualification in mechanical handling (rigging) in accordance with the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA) unit standard 253575: Inspect, Use and Care for Manual Lifting Equipment and Tackle.

HRETD certification policy

Provided that the entry requirements have been met, and the learner found competent to conduct lifting tackle inspections, the candidate will receive a certificate of competence that is valid life-long.

HRETD offers training programmes, from short skills courses to train the trainer courses. We specialise in legal compliance training that is accredited with the TETA and CETA when it comes to technical training, operator training, in service training and onsite training. Our assessors and facilitator trainers responsible for assessment, recertification and certification offer effective training that is Cost effective, competitively priced and affordable in the SADC region including Namibia. We also offer course development. For the transport and logistics industry we offer driver training, advanced driver training and Dangerous goods by road training, as well as diesel locomotive shunting and Fuel bowser training. Rigid heavy vehicle, tip truck, vehicle combination and Water cart training are also offered. When it comes to crane operations training, the lifting machines we specialise in are Heavy cranes and Mobile cranes, as well as Mobilifts, Cabin Overhead cranes, Pendant Overhead cranes and Single girder hoists. We also do Telescopic materials handler, sometimes called Telehandlers and Truck mounted cranes, sometimes called HIAB and Tower cranes. We train on a variety of lift trucks and forklift including counterbalanced lift truck, Advanced defined purpose lift trucks, defined purpose lift trucks and Side loader lift trucks. We also do rough terrain lift trucks, Reach trucks and Pedestrian stackers. Besides these, we also train on order pickers, Side loaders, Very narrow aisle lift trucks and Rail mounted stackers. We give a variety of lifting equipment and lifting operations training including Basic rigging, Banksman and Lifting equipment inspection. We also offer Safe lifting practice training. When it comes to earthmoving plant, we do articulated dump trucks, Concrete dumpers, Excavators and Face shovels. Also offered is Front end loaders, Graders and Rigid dump trucks. We specialise in training for Scrapers, Skid steer loaders and TLBs. Other earthmoving training includes Track type dozers, Tractors and Wheeled dozers (bulldozers). Tractor loader backhoe and dumpers are also offered. Our construction plant training courses includes Asphalt pavers, MEWP (also called cherry picker or mobile elevating works platform), rock breaker and jackhammer, rollers (road rollers) and Tyre handler attachments. When it comes to scaffolding training, we give scaffolding erecting and scaffold inspection – basically scaffolding safety which complies with SANS 10085 – 2004. Our health and safety training includes Construction Regulations 2014 overview or in depth, Construction site flagman and Excavation safety inspection. We also do Ladder inspection, Site safety awareness and Working at heights (also referred to as heights safety or fall arrest as well as Accident/incident investigation and Confined space entry. We offer accredited Fire fighting level 1 and Fire fighting level 2, as well as accredited First aid level 1 and First aid level 2 training. Other safety training we offer is General housekeeping, Handling HAZMAT and Health and safety rep (also called SHE rep and SHEQ), permissions training such as Hot work permissions, Lockout and isolation (also called Lockout Tagout training) We cover the OHS in depth and we have an overview course. We provide Stacking and storing and Stacking and storing HAZMAT (Hazardous materials) training. We train in powertools safety (correctly written power tools) such as Angle grinders, Boilermaking techniques (and welding and arc cutting), Cut-off saws and general Workshop safety including hand tools. When it comes to landscaping (both horticulture and agricultural), we offer Brush cutters, Chainsaws and Lawnmower training.
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