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The importance of Safe Slinging & Signalling

Monday, October 2nd, 2017

(9)The importance of safe Slinging in the industry is critical to the safety of employees who undertake these tasks.  Cots Training deliver a range of courses for both Novice and competent users.

 Who should attend

The programme is designed for those personnel responsible for undertaking the role of slinger / signaller and to refresh the skills needed to carry out this role effectively.

Course Aim

The course will provide you with the basic skills, knowledge and information to safely carry out the role and duties of a slinger / signaller. Covering the use of various methods of lifting and security of products using straps, strops and chains.  A high proportion of hands-on demonstration and practical exercises, supplemented with classroom based tutorials.

Call 01792 587250 or 02921 675969 to book you space


COTS Adds SSSTS & SMSTS courses at Swansea training centre

Friday, September 22nd, 2017


The SSSTS course will provide you with the knowledge about your responsibilities regarding health, safety, welfare and environmental issues, as well as your legal

responsibilities relevant to your work activities, in the building, construction and civil engineering industries.

Who Should Attend

This course is aimed at supervisors, team leaders, foremen, etc. within the construction industry, or anyone that is about to acquire supervisory responsibilities.


The SMSTS course is designed to cover all relevant legislation to assist in safe working in the building, construction and civil engineering industries. It will help you to gain an

understanding of health, safety, welfare and environmental issues and the necessary planning, organising, monitoring and controlling measures to sustain and manage the

safety aspects of sta and a workforce on a construction site.

Who Should Attend

Site Managers, Site Supervisors, Project Managers or anyone with on-site managerial responsibilities needs to attain this qualification to enable them to implement safe working for staff.

COTS adds Highfield Accreditation

Tuesday, March 14th, 2017

With an increasing demand for more courses, COTS training have added Highfield as an alternative accreditation.  Highfield is a nationwide recognised accrediting body for a wide range of products and courses.  It means that COTS now offer an approved qualification in Manual Handling, Level 2 Health & Safety, Fire awareness amonHABC_Approved_Centreg the many qualifications on offer through the Highfield brand.  We look forward to developing more training courses for our clients in the months and years to come.

COTS adds Confined Space training

Thursday, October 2nd, 2014

COTS have recently invested in the design, build and accreditation of a confined space chamber at its training centre in  Swansea.  The newly accredited City & Guilds approved centre offers a very well equipment chamber with work stations, full 700mm access area and fall rest system.  Training is delivered to the 6150 standard and has been awarded an “excellent” on the recent external verification visit by City & Guilds.

Courses are offered covering Low, Medium and High risk training together with Emergency Rescue and Recovery of casualties, both for initial training and those candidates requiring refresher certification.  Our courses are approved for both water and non water industries.

COTS hold a range of gas monitors, harnesses, lanyards and breathing apparatus (BA) training using Drager PP10 and CF10 units full serviced and calibrated to the highest industry standards.

What is a confined space ?

A confined space is a place which is substantially enclosed (though not always entirely), and where serious injury can occur from hazardous substances or conditions within the space or nearby (e.g. lack of oxygen).




Extra Driver CPC Dates

Friday, December 6th, 2013

See our course dates page for additional information and a full list of the course dates and titles that are planned for the first 3 months of 2014.

Driver CPC deadline for PSV drivers

Tuesday, September 10th, 2013

COTS have successfully delivered over 15000 hours of Driver CPC training to the coach and bus drivers of Swansea and surrounding areas.  This makes us the largest provider of Driver CPC training in the area.  Our target of 50,000 hours of Driver CPC training should be met by the end of 2013.   See our Course Dates page to book your next course.


Website live today

Tuesday, September 3rd, 2013

COTS brand new website has gone live today.  Courses can be booked online on our course dates page.

Contact Sharon at


Working in Partnership with FTM, Bridgend

Tuesday, February 19th, 2013

Commercial Operator Training Solutions Ltd (COTS) are proud to now be working together with FTM, based in Bridgend, for the supply of Fork Lift Trucks.

FTM have grown into one of the most successful suppliers of material handling machinery and equipment in Wales and have won numerous awards for targets, service and quality.

With a like minded approach to providing excellent customer service, we are confident we are able to fulfill all your material handling needs and look forward to a growing business relationship.

Preferred Supplier to the MOD

Tuesday, February 19th, 2013

Commercial Operator Training Solutions Ltd (COTS) are very proud to announce we have been granted preferred supplier status to The Ministry of Defence for HM Forces Resettlement Training.

The Career Transition Partnership (CTP) is the Ministry of Defence working with Right Management Ltd, who are global career development and outplacement specialists and part of the Manpower Group.

Service leavers of all ranks from the Royal Navy, Army, Royal Air Force and Royal Marines can all benefit from resettlement support, career transition advice and training opportunities.

The CTP provides successful resettlement services for those leaving the Services and also operate as an intermediary service for employers wishing to hire Service leavers.

To date, CTP have assisted over 170,000 Service leavers with the transition to civilian life and supported thousands of organisations looking to employ ex-Service personnel.  Over 20,000 Service leavers come on to the civilian job market through the Career Transition Partnership (CTP) each year.  They include highly trained engineers, technicians, trainers, administrators, IT managers, drivers, chefs, nurses, pilots, experienced managers and communications experts.


Expansion for Swansea company

Monday, September 17th, 2012

Originally set up to cater for the demands of the then newly introduced Driver Certificate of Professional Competence, Commercial Operator Training Solutions Ltd (COTS) has grown from small beginnings into a company which truly can provide a total transport training solution.

Established two years ago when Jason Mowforth and Malcolm Davie started providing high quality Driver CPC courses, COTS quickly added a tachograph analysis bureau to their business and brought in analysis expert Sharon Bailey to complement the business.  Less than a year later COTS expanded into practical LGV (Category C and C+E) driver and forklift truck training with the arrival of Paul Jones.  August this year saw the company expanding into the premises next door in order to provide a new forklift training centre and other training opportunities.  Along with ADR, management CPC and refresher courses, compliance audits and the above, COTS really does offer a comprehensive service for both the truck and bus & coach industry.

The impressive growth of the business meant that Director Jason Mowforth had to expand.  Thankfully there was a vacancy just next door to the current office and Jason was quick to take up the opportunity.  This expansion has allowed the company to provide practical commercial vehicle training, gantry crane and forklift truck training which has initially created another full time position within the company – all in addition to their classroom based training.

With the extended premises the company now offer more practical classes, alongside the inhouse classroom training and online courses.  All courses cover current legislation changes and cover everything from new legislation to general skills and safety, along with fuel improvement training and more.  Offering a full range of practical and written courses for Driver CPC, Operator CPC, ADR – Dangerous Goods, forklift truck, Health & Safety including IOSH & NEBOSH, First Aid, Category B+E, C and C+E licence training, Transport Consultancy and Operator licensing.

“The extra premises contain the main office and more practical training facilities” says Jason.  “It became clear that we had exhausted the classroom based training and there was nowhere to expand from there.  We decided to follow a generic growth pattern with industrial training and respond to an increased demand in our key customers’ needs, who were all indicating that they would appreciate the extra training opportunities.”

“We are also launching a brand new website.  We see the development in location as a step forward for the business and we plan for the website to reflect a new era for us.”

Commercial Operator Training Solutions have become well known for their dedication in building relationships with customers.   They continually get excellent feedback and offer superb training adhering to a quality, service and price outlook on customer service.

Another arm to the business is digital and tachograph analysis, which is carried out by a dedicated analyst in-house.  With regular updates on any changes in legislation they are able to act as advisors to the operator, as well as providing a detailed analysis service.  Focus is given to those drivers who need additional training, and support is given at the end of the phone to ensure operators comply with the legislation.  If any infringement is spotted then the other arm of the business comes in and training can be supplied to get the operator back on track.

Commercial Operator Training Solutions Services:

  • Forklift Truck
  • ADR
  • LGV
  • Operator CPC
  • Driver CPC
  • Health & safety
  • Slinger/Signaller
  • Lorry Mounted Crane
  • Online Training
  • Operator licence advice
  • Tachograph Analysis
  • System Audits
  • First Aid