Securing an EWP ticket is crucial for those in construction, maintenance, and industrial sectors for the safe and legal operation of hinged device access equipment. Elevate your career beyond the ground level; this certification not only signifies your ability to work at heights safely but also marks your expertise across Australia. As we delve into obtaining your EWPA yellow card, discover the eligibility criteria, the skills you’ll gain, and how to maintain your qualifications, ensuring your career not only climbs but soars.

What Is An EWP Ticket? 

An EWP ticket is formal training in how to operate all-size scissor lifts, vertical lifts, trailer-mounted lifts and how to operate boom types under 11 metres. 

Please note for a boom length over 11 metres a separate high-risk work license to operate is required. 

While both of these licenses allow you to operate types of EWPs and work at heights, this training is not to be confused with a working safely at heights course. The latter covers different topics and is not associated with the operation of EWPs. 

Eligibility and Pre-Requisites

Before enrolling in an EWP training program, potential candidates must meet certain prerequisites. 

While there are no prerequisite, entry, work-placement, licensing, certification or pre-course study requirements for this course some other conditions do apply. 

To successfully complete the course, attendees must be at least 17 years old and demonstrate sufficient English language, literacy, numeracy and visual interpretation skills. 

Additionally, an adequate level of physical fitness is required to handle the demands of operating an elevating work platform.

The level of physical fitness required is set out by the Australian Government and is a core competency with no exceptions able to be made regarding this. 

Cost & Funding

Through Sheer Workplace Training, obtaining an EWP Yellow Card in 2024 costs $350, this is subject to change, so please double-check pricing before booking. 

We recognise that cost may be a barrier to some individuals hoping to attend training. In some instances, funding may be available to cover or contribute towards course costs, currently, there are three main avenues for this:

Construction Skills Queensland (CSQ)

CSQ is a not-for-profit, industry-funded body that seeks to support individuals in the building and construction industry to increase their skills. 

They are able to assist with between 75% to 95% of course costs for eligible applicants with funding paid directly to an approved registered training organisation (RTO). 


If your employer makes monthly contributions to the JETCO training fund and CIRT (Contracting Industry Redundancy Trust) you may be able to secure a subsidy towards course costs. 


If you are a member of BERT (Building Employees Redundancy Trust) you can apply for a training subsidy. 

For more information on funding, eligibility criteria and how to apply, please speak with our team. We recommend getting written confirmation of any funding before committing to a course. 

The Training Course

Elevating Work Platform training courses are designed to impart a comprehensive understanding of operational procedures, safety regulations, and emergency protocols. 

The course involves a mixture of theory, practical demonstration and assessment. All aspects of operation are covered including but not limited to:

  • Legislation
  • Hazards and risk control
  • Planning
  • Pre-use inspections
  • Safe operation and
  • Emergency procedures 

The course culminates in a series of assessments both written and practical that test a candidate’s competence in operating EWPs.

Assessment and Certification

Upon successful completion of the course, including passing the written and practical assessments, candidates will receive a statement of attainment.

This then allows them to apply for an EWP ticket, often referred to as a “Yellow Card” through the Elevating Work Platform Association (EWPA). 

This certification demonstrates the holder’s capability to operate various types of EWPs such as scissor lifts, vertical lifts, and boom lifts.

Duration and Validity

The duration of EWP training courses may vary, but they generally take one to two days to complete, depending on the type of equipment and level of proficiency required. 

The EWP ticket is valid for a period of five years, after which a short refresher course or reassessment is necessary to maintain accreditation. 

Should your yellow card lapse for too long, you will be required to do the full course again to regain it. 

Elevate Your Career With Sheer Workplace Training

Securing an EWP ticket through accredited training is crucial for the safe operation of elevating work platforms. With a focus on safety and operational excellence, EWP training empowers workers to contribute positively to the construction and industrial workspace.

It not only ensures compliance with workplace health and safety standards but also enhances the employability and skill set of the professionals who complete it. 

At Sheer Workplace Training, we are passionate about workplace safety and ensuring you and your colleagues return home safe each day. 

Our training courses are designed to be engaging and informative, giving you the necessary skills to operate an articulated device such as an EWP safely and with confidence. 

Enhance your career prospects with this one-day course or pair it with additional courses for even greater opportunities. 

Experience the Sheer Workplace Training difference, call today at 07 3901 0804 to learn more or to book one of our next training sessions.