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Cherry Picker training with Didac achieves an ITSSAR accredited qualification. NPORS accredited training is available from June 2014. NPORS Logo ITSSAR_Logo
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Duration, Learners and Assessment
Training Duration 1-2 Days
Learners 4 Maximum
Theory Assessment
Practical Assessment
Course Handout
Training Manual and User Guidance
Certificate and Registration
Photo ID Card (750gsm)
Registration Fee (Per Learner) Free
HSE Regulation Compliance
PUWER 1998
LOLER 1998
Working at Height Regulations 2005
The Health and Safety at Work Act 1974
Training Delivery
On-Site (Nationwide)
Training Centre

Price and Training Dates

Cherry Picker training prices and availability are dependent upon location as training is delivered on clients' premises.

To receive a quotation, complete the Get-A-Quote form located above including a postcode.

Our sales staff will contact you with full details; we aim to respond within 60 minutes during office hours.

Training syllabus

  • Site Safety
  • Responsibility of the operator
  • Legal Requirements
  • MEWP Stability
  • Daily Safety Checks & Maintenance
  • Basic Hydraulic and Electrical Systems
  • Simple Manoeuvring
  • Refuelling/Recharging
  • Advanced Manoeuvring

Additional benefits

  • Incorporate your company’s risk assessments
  • Soft copies of all course paperwork are available to employers on completion of training
  • Successful candidates receive a temporary pass notification form on the day as evidence of training

Frequently asked questions

Is there a minimum age requirement for completing Cherry Picker training?
With the exception of Lift Truck operators, there is no minimum age outlined in any UK legislation for plant operators.

Lift Truck operators in the UK must be over the minimum school leaving age (except in docks where they must be at least 18 years old).

You can find out more here: HSE Workplace Transport FAQ

Is there an upper age limit for completing Cherry Picker training?
Do I receive a Cherry Picker licence when I complete this training?
There is no such thing as a license as such, for any piece of plant machinery in the UK.

The term ‘licence’ suggests a document issued from a governmental or other constituted authority to operate a MEWP. No such authority exists; there are only accrediting bodies and training providers who operate independently of the HSE or any other government organisation.

Successful candidates do receive a certificate and photo ID card, sometimes referred to as a Cherry Picker ticket; this provides evidence that the candidate has completed training and is certified to use the equipment as outlined on the certification.

Didac instructors

Full Time Training Staff

The following instructors are certified to deliver this course.

Have Didac delivered training to you before? Perhaps you recognise one of our instructors? We often get requests from repeat customers to have the same instructor again. Whenever possible we’ll do our best to fulfil such requests!


From time to time, Didac Ltd use sub-contractors to deliver training courses on our behalf. These sub-contractors are subject to the same detailed quality assurance procedures as our full time employees and hold all the correct insurances.

  • Instructor and operator qualifications achieved within the last 5 years;
  • Subject to random spot check site visits and auditing of paperwork;
  • Public Liability insurance to the value of £5 million cover.

Cherry Picker

A Cherry Picker is a type of Mobile Elevating Work Platform (MEWP) and gets its name from its original design application, for use in cherry orchards. It is still widely used in orchards but this this is by no means its only working application.

Cherry Pickers are often referred to as a Boom Lift, Basket Crane or Man Lift and are normally mounted on the back of a vehicle. The term Man Lift comes from the fact that there is a basket attached to the boom in which an individual stands. This basket normally contains a set of operator controls but often duplicate controls can be found at the base of the lift.

Course description

Cherry Picker licence training is accredited to ITSSAR (Independent Training Standards Scheme and Register). Didac’s accreditation to ITSSAR is assessed annually and subject to the standards outlined by the body for Boom training and other courses covered by the training body.

Candidates complete practical exercises under observation and an assessment of competence to achieve a Cherry Picker license. Learners must also demonstrate knowledge by completing a theory examination. Following successful completion of these assessments, a photo ID card Cherry Picker licence is issued to candidates as well as a Cherry Picker certificate.

The Health and Safety Executive recommend that refresher Boom Lift training should be considered every 3 to 5 years dependent upon the operational risks involved with the activities.

The ITSSAR Boom Lift course can be delivered in a working environment. Didac trainer assessors will incorporate practical tasks meaning candidates are able to undertake Man Lift training on jobs they are required to complete in their normal working day. For reference during Cherry Picker courses, the manufacturer’s instructions for the MEWP should be made available to the Didac trainer assessor.

Cherry Picker training cost depends on where the course is delivered as Didac are only able to offer training for a Cherry Picker ticket on client premises.