EWP Operator Training YELLOW CARD

Why Do I Need One?

Work Health and Safety legislation in Australia aims to protect the health, safety and welfare of people at work. In these Acts and Regulations it is clearly stated there is a duty of care to ensure workplace safety. In broad terms the legislation specifically embraces the following:

  • Employers must provide information, instruction, training and supervision necessary to ensure the health and safety of employees at work.
  • Manufacturers and suppliers of plant must ensure equipment is safe to use when properly used and must make available adequate information about the conditions for the safe use of the equipment manufactured or supplied.
  • Employees must cooperate with efforts to comply with WHS requirements.

In reality this means there needs to be some form of proof the operator has been trained in the safe use of an elevating work platform (EWP). Verbal instruction is not an effective method of training as it lacks proof of training evidence.

The Yellow Card training meets the two key objectives of the legislation, being:

  • It confirms the operators of specific types of EWPs have been trained in the safe use of the work platform.
  • The supplier, employer and user all have documentary evidence that the required ‘duty of care’ has been met or exceeded.

Who Should Attend

Persons who are working in, or intend to work in the building and construction industry, scaffolding, warehousing, signwriting or are working with elevated work platforms as part of their employment.

What will I learn?

Participants will be instructed in the safe and efficient use of elevating work platforms, including:

  • Site inspections and hazard management, WHS regulations and duty of care
  • Pre start safety checks, and correct use of the yellow log book
  • Working safely around powerlines and in windy conditions
  • Safety harness use and emergency descent systems
  • Identify safety decals, operators manuals and compliance plates
  • Planning and preparing work for EWPs
  • Correct procedures for setting up, operating and shutting down EWPs
  • Carrying out operator maintenance, cleaning up work area and equipment
  • Knowledge assessment conducted after the practical session.

Am I eligible to undertake this training?

Minimum age of 18 years with the ability to speak and write English to a basic level and have the necessary levels of health and fitness to safely carry out work operating an elevating work platform. Participants must also produce proof of identity before the final assessment can be undertaken.

How Does The Card Work?

The Trained Operator Card is proof of completion in one or more modules in various types of EWPs. There are five different EWP training modules plus a transport module. The modules include:

  • ´┐╝Trailer mounted Boom Lift TL
  • Self Propelled Boom Lift BL
  • Vertical Lift VL
  • Scissor Lift SL
  • Truck Mounted Boom TM
  • Transporting (Load Restraint) T

Whilst these are all classed as EWPs, each one is very different in use and safe operation.

What will I receive at the end of the training?

Upon successful completion of the course you will receive an EWP Operator Card as proof of training with your photograph on the card. This is produced by the EWPA and will be posted to your home address. 

Additional Costs and Expenses

Where the training is conducted outside the immediate Cairns area then additional costs will be applicable. Any air fares, travel, accommodation, meals and materials freight incurred in the provision of this training will be on-charged. Mileage will be charged at 80¢ (plus GST) per kilometre and traveling time will be charged at our standard rates. Please contact us for a formal quotation for courses conducted outside of Cairns.

Course Venue and Equipment

Courses are generally held at our training facility in Cairns. The practical component of the course may require participants to move to another site.

Where courses are conducted on-site then a suitable venue (which can accommodate up to 11 people), a projector screen or blank wall and/or a white board are to be provided by the client company. The venue shall have sufficient space for the participants to be seated comfortably for the duration of the theoretical training. Any catering costs shall be borne by the client company.

Practical assessment will require the use of elevated work platforms and time/area allocated to allow participants to be assessed without interruption. Please note the EWP(s) must be in good condition with all required checks, inspections and tests current. Please contact us to discuss alternate arrangements if there is any difficulty in providing these facilities and equipment.

Booking a Dedicated Course

Contact our office if you would like to book a course. Dates will be scheduled at time of booking.

Enrolling into a Course

Check the training calendar (found under the Calendars & Funding menu of our website) to see when the next course is running. Click on the ENROL NOW button to access our enrolment form. Fill this in and send it back to Queensland Training Services (email/office)(qldtraining.com.au) with payment to secure your place in the next course.


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