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Elevating Work Platform Licence – Scale To New Salary Heights

Elevating Work Platform

If you’re into high-risks and high-flying, chances are you’re looking for a career that requires an Elevating Work Platform (EWP) licence. This is a type of High Risk Work (HRW) licence for jobs such as scaffolding, dogging and rigging, operating cranes, and driving forklift trucks and using hoists.

And the good news is, by choosing this high-risk type of employment, you’ll be compensated in an equally high manner too.

So, whether you’re an individual looking to train in this area or a company looking to educate or refresh its workers on EWPs, Elevated Training can help.

But first of all, what exactly is an elevating work platform? Generally, there are three types of EWP: vertical type, scissor type and boom type.

Vertical mast or personnel lifts come in two configurations. Both elevate using a telescopic mast in a vertical direction only. These lifts usually have limited capability in terms of weight and extension, and are most often used for internal maintenance tasks, such as changing light bulbs.

Scissor-type EWPs can only move in the vertical plane, elevating personnel, equipment and materials to carry out a task. As its name suggests, the scissor EWP operates by linked, folding supports in a criss-cross ‘X’ pattern.

Meanwhile, a boom-type EWP is described as a telescoping or hinged device used to support a platform or basket on which personnel, equipment and materials may be elevated. Boom types can be self-propelled, trailer mounted, truck mounted, and come with or without outriggers or stabilisers.

Elevated Training’s course, Operate Elevating Work Platform (11+), will touch on these applications and more. Essentially, it will see you gain the skills and knowledge to operate an elevating work platform in the resources and infrastructure industries.

The course will also cover elements like how to identify the ‘work steps’ involved in a job. For example, what are the job requirements, priorities, workplace rules and procedures, identifying hazards and control measures and workplace consultation.

As a high-risk job, safety is paramount when operating a EWP, and is covered in-depth with Elevated Training’s course. There have been many serious accidents where EWP operators have been trapped or crushed between the basket and overhead obstructions such as ceilings, beams and frameworks. The course will teach you how to mitigate these risks and carry out your job safely.

After completing the 3-day course you will gain both an EWP and HRW licence, which are not only stepping stones to acquiring a number of other qualifications but will open you up to earning a higher salary as a high-risk work operator.

Offering flexibility, the course can be completed during working hours, on the weekend or at night.

Elevated Training offers other courses including operating a forklift truck, operating an order-picking forklift truck; and operating a high-reach forklift. For more information on any of our courses, visit elevatedtraining.com.au or call (07) 55 245 925.


Which WH&S licence do you need to operate EWPs, forklifts, cranes and hoists in Queensland?

If you’re interested in pursuing a career operating lifting and shifting machinery in Queensland it’s important to know which Work Health and Safety Licences you’ll need to complete to be certified for the specific tasks you’ll be required to perform. To help you differentiate between these, we’ve highlighted the main categories and the licences required below:

Boom type elevated work platform

If you’re interested in operating a boom type elevated work platform you’ll need a WP high risk work licence. This enables you to be able to use either a hinged, articulated or telescoping singularly or in combination to lift equipment, materials or safety certified personnel.

Forklift truck

There are two different certifications available if you’re interested in a career operating forklifts. To be able to use a general forklift to lift goods and materials, which doesn’t have an order picking attachment, you’ll require a LF high risk work licence.

If you prefer to operate an order picking forklift over a standard forklift for lifting and shifting goods and materials a LO high risk work licence is the certification you’ll need to complete.

Concrete placing boom

To operate a concrete placing boom you’ll require a PB high risk work licence. This certification enables you to undertake slewing or luffing to pump concrete to a specific destination from a pipeline which is either attached to, or is part of, a plant boom.

Personnel and materials hoist

To be able to hoist personal, goods and materials with a personnel and materials hoist, the certification which you’ll be required to have is a HP high risk work licence.

Materials hoist with cantilever platform

If you’re planning on operating a materials hoist with a cantilever platform to hoist materials or goods, you’ll need to complete a HM high risk work licence.

Bridge and gantry crane

A bridge and gantry crane licence, otherwise known as a CB high risk work licence, will allow you to be able to operate bridge and gantry cranes which are controlled from either a control station, cabin or remotely operated.

Slewing mobile cranes and other cranes

There are a wide range of WH&S licences required to operate cranes for lifting or shifting goods, materials and machinery. The different crane licences are as follows:

Slewing Mobile:
20 tonne lifting capacity (C2 high risk work licence)
60 tonne lifting capacity (C6 high risk work licence)
100 tonne lifting capacity (C1 high risk work licence)
Over 100 tonne lifting capacity (C0 high risk work licence)

Derrick Cranes:
CD high risk work licence

Portal Boom Cranes:
CP high risk work licence

Non slewing mobile cranes:
CN high risk work licence

Tower cranes:
CT high risk work license

Self-erecting tower cranes:
CS high risk work licence

Vehicle loading cranes:
CV high risk work licence

For further information on becoming certified to operate an elevated work platform (EWP) or forklift in Queensland contact Elevated Training today.