Demystifying the CPCS A77 category (Telescopic Handler 360 slew)

From 28th March 2018 onwards the CPCS A17D category (telescopic handler including 360 slew) is being retired from the scheme. In it’s place will be the A77 category (Telescopic handler 360 slew), the new standard includes working tasks around hoist rope/ winch use which are not currently within the standard for A17D. The A77 category has also been further enhanced to cover travelling with suspended loads, and therefore will not require a separate (A17E) endorsement under this category.

How will this affect me?

-existing cardholders with the A17D category will need to complete a transitional (A89) CPCS assessment to retain the 360 slew category. The assessment primarily involves a series of lift chart related theory questions, followed by a practical assessment on the winch attachment.

What does the A77 test involve?

New entrants sitting the A77 test will have a theory test that incorporates some 101 questions. The theory test, which is CPCS’ largest to date, combines the majority of questions from the A17 Telescopic handler and A17e Suspended load test.

The practical test also incorporates the standard telescopic handler and suspended load test, with the addition of a number of hoist rope activities.

What are CPCS’ reasons for making these changes?

A review was undertaken due to the nature in which the slew types have evolved since the Telescopic Handler category was first introduced many years ago, which were then predominately only used for fork use, but are now increasingly being used as ‘a crane’ with a drum hoist and rope.

Booking a test

ACOP Group are one of the few CPCS test centres able to deliver this category. If you would like more information or would like to book a course please contact us.


  1. Hi Sion

    I have recently renewed my CPCS blue Operators card and also just noticed the changes to the A17 cat ‘E’ from your website, many thanks, I would like to ask what I would need to do to get the new A77 category on my card for an upcoming project.
    to demonstrate competency in suspended loads/lifting ops I have the following:
    CPCS Appointed Person/Lift Supervisor (NVQ L2)
    CPCS Slinger/Signaller
    CPCS 360 EXcavator above 10T lifting Ops
    CPCS A17 all sizes including slew


    Jason Kavanagh

  2. Jason,

    Thanks for your comment.

    To keep the 360 slew category when your current blue card comes up for renewal you will need to complete the CPCS A89 transitional assessment. This test mainly involves use of the winch attachment and travelling with suspended loads, there are also a few questions on the use of lift charts.
    Upon achievement, you will also gain the A17E suspended loads category – without the need of sitting an additional test.

    Let me know if i can be of further assistance?

    Thanks again,


  3. I have the a17 d
    Have been doing various lifts with various attachments for 8 years now,
    How much is the transition test
    My ticket doesn’t expire until 2021 will I still be able to use it until then

  4. John,

    Thanks for your comment.

    It is only prior to your card expiry in 2021 you’ll need to to think about completing the A89 360 slew transitional test to keep the category. You are fine until then according to CPCS.

    I have sent you email with more info.



  5. Hi there I have had my a17d blue competent card since 2001 using using the Whinch & many other attachments on major projects all over Scotland for over17yrs my card runs out in 2019 so when would be the best time to do my transition a89 & what is the cost many thanks

  6. Kevin,

    Thanks for getting in touch.

    You can sit your A89 transitional test anytime before the card expires – so there’s no immediate rush.

    As you are already experienced on the winch attachment, i’m sure you would be fine to come in for the CPCS (A89) test only.

    You will be given the opportunity for some familiarisation on the machine beforehand and a slinger/signaller will be provided for the test.

    Upon achievement, you will also gain your suspended loads (A17E) ticket, if you don’t already hold this endorsement.

    Let me know if I can be of further help?

    Thanks again,

    Team ACOP

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