Operate Scissor Lift/Vertical Lift Elevating Work Platform

RIIHAN301E – Operate Elevating Work Platform

This course prepares learners to safely operate and conduct work activities from an elevating work platform (EWP). You will learn to operate a scissor lift and vertical lift. Note: EWPs under 11m are not classified as requiring a high-risk work (HRW) licence.

This is a nationally accredited qualification that is recognised in all states and territories of Australia.

Learning outcomes

Students who complete this qualification will gain the skills and knowledge to:

  • Select and use the appropriate plant, tools and equipment
  • Prepare for operating an EWP
  • Understand how to respond to alarms
  • Follow emergency and hazard procedures
  • Use hand-eye coordination during operation of an EWP
  • Coordinate and communicate with others
  • Stabilise an EWP
  • Correctly select safety devices and ensure the safety of the site and personnel
  • Complete operational servicing and dispose of environmentally sensitive materials correctly

Participants are required to:

  • Bring photo ID on the day of training
  • Wear appropriate PPE: Safety boots, hi-vis shirt/vest.

Prerequisites and/or Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

There are no prerequisites for this course. No RPL can be applied to this course.

Course structure

This course contains both theory and practical components. The location is either at a PICAC campus or at a specified work location which will be confirmed by email.

Course duration

Half day (4 hours)

$330 – full fee

$247 – Industry Association Member (NFIA, AMCA)

$0 – PTEU Member

Cancellation fees may apply, please see Learner Information page for terms and conditions.

A range of assessment methods will be used to assess that the learner can:

  • Plan and prepare for operating an EWP
  • Select and wear appropriate PPE
  • Demonstrate operation of an EWP in a safe, effective and efficient manner to carry out work activity on at least two occasions
  • Monitor and manage the equipment using indicators and alarms
  • Communicate effectively to ensure safety
  • Clean up appropriately

National units of competency covered

RIIHAN301E – Operate Elevating Work Platform


Learners who satisfactorily complete all course requirements will be eligible to receive a Statement of Attainment issued by CEPUTEC (RTO 4612), which is recognised nationally under the Australian Qualifications Framework.

Note: Completion of this course will not result in being issued a high-risk work (HRW) licence.  The HRW licence applies to operating elevating work platforms with a boom length of 11 metres or more.  More information on that qualification can be found here.


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Start date

23 Aug 2024

End date

23 Aug 2024


PICAC – Glenwood



Contact us for information about arranging training delivery at your workplace/worksite.

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