Working at height always carries risks. Whether you're operating a large or small scissor lift, indoors or outdoors, you need to complete specialised training and hold a valid licence.
The type of licence you need depends on the height you'll be working at. Elevating Work Platforms (EWP) licensing is standardised across Australia for scissor lifts under 11 metres.
Before you can operate scissor lifts or other EWPs in Australia, you need to complete a nationally-recognised training course with a Registered Training Organisation (RTO).
For scissor lifts, this usually means an EWP Operator Ticket (Yellow Card). This covers the operation of platforms under 11 metres in height.
If you're operating platforms taller than 11 metres, you'll need a WorkCover High Risk Work Licence issued for the state you're in.
A Yellow Card covers the operation of up to 5 types of elevating work platforms: scissor lifts (SL), self-propelled boomlifts (BL), truck-mounted booms (TM), trailer-mounted boomlifts (TL) and vertical lifts (VL). If you only choose to complete scissor lift training, the other types will be deleted from the card.
If you're already experienced in the use of EWPs, but you haven't completed formal training, a licence may be provided if a registered training provider can confirm your knowledge of their safe operation. Refresher training is also recommended at regular intervals.
Yellow Card training is completed in a single day, taking between 6 and 8 hours. It covers the theory and practical use of scissor lifts as unit of competence RIIHAN301B – operating elevated work platforms. Training and assessment covers:
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