This course consists of a 4-hour classroom setting and continued 4-hour practical application of capstan hoist operation.  This course includes a PPT presentation, handout for review and study, hands on material of PPE and practical skills application. It also includes a written exam on the materials learned during the 4 hours of classroom training and a practical evaluation. 

Certification Duration: 24 months (2 years) 

Capstan Hoist Operator Training Program Outline


  • Define a capstan hoist and features
  • Understand anchorages, blocks, ropes and usage
  • Ability to properly inspection of a hoist
  • Calculating load weight and limitations
  • Perform a lift safely


  • Lesson 1: Capstan Hoist Definition
  • Lesson 2: Overloading
  • Lesson 3: Communication
  • Lesson 4: Inspections
  • Lesson 5: Danger Zones
  • Lesson 6: Controls
  • Lesson 7: Wrapping the drum
  • Lesson 8: Additional Safety

Evaluated items include the following:

  • Set up and alignment of hoist and truck
  • Comprehension of load chart and hoist limitations 
  • Operation of hoist during lifts
  • Securing a suspended load
  • Communication establishment and execution 
  • Hazard recognition and mitigation 
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