From building sites to powerline maintenance, arborist work and more, EWPs (Elevating Work Platform) help make light work of difficult jobs. Being able to use an EWP safely is a great skill to have and one that many employers will look for in new applicants.

If you live and/or work in Mackay and need to complete an accredited EWPA course, Sheer Workplace Training can assist. Experts in delivering a  range of training related to high-risk work licenses, our team of passionate educators can help you gain the skills you need to succeed.

What Are EWPA’s?

Elevating work platforms are any workspace that is raised/elevated to make working at heights easier. An example of an EWPA could be a boom lift or ‘cherry picker’ which are often used for maintenance work on powerlines.

There are five main types of EWP, VL – Vertical lift, SL – Scissor Lift, BL – Self-Propelled Boom Lift, TL – Trailer Mounted Lift, TM – Truck Mounted Lift.

Operating an EWPA can be difficult and at times dangerous. This is why it is required by law that proper certification is obtained before using them.

Why Pursue An EWPA Yellow Card?

Obtaining your EWPA certification can be beneficial for several reasons. Understanding how to perform machinery checks and safely operate boom lift, scissor lift, and vertical lift machinery can help you stand out from other job applicants and earn a higher salary.

Having a valued skill such as this greatly enhances your employability. Elevated work platforms are used across a variety of well-paid roles and in numerous industries including:

  • Civil construction
  • Construction
  • Coal and metalliferous mining
  • Drilling
  • Extractive Industries
  • Manufacture industries
  • Transport and Logistics
  • Emergency Rescue Team members (ERT)
  • Rescue officers
  • Any members of the public who require competency to perform a specific role

Additionally, it ensures you are able to safely operate EWPs – minimising the risk of accidents for both you and your workmates. Keen to travel or relocate within Australia? Being nationally recognised, this certification is valid for use anywhere in Australia.

About Our Elevating Work Platforms (EWP) Course

In this course, you will learn how to safely operate a boom lift, trailer lift under 11 metres, scissor lifts of any height and vertical lifts. This one-day course is delivered by fully accredited and experienced staff at our well-equipped training facility in Brisbane.

In the course we cover:

EWPA Mackay

  • Introduction
  • Relevant Australian Standards, Legislation and Regulations
  • OH&S policy
  • Codes of Practice
  • Work requirements, safety information and procedures
  • Site hazards
  • Conduct machine pre-operational checks
  • Conduct operational checks
  • Operation vertical lifts, scissor lifts of all sizes and boom lifts under 11 metres

At the close of the course day a written and practical assessment is to be completed to judge the attendee’s competency in how to operate a boom-type elevating work platform.

Upon successful completion of the course, you’ll receive a nationally recognised EWPA certification/statement of attainments issued by RTO 45597 (yellow card). Once obtained, this certification remains valid for a period of 5 years.

Who Can Attend This Course

For a restricted elevating work platform EWP license, attendees are required to be at least 16 years of age. For a full EWP Yellow Card, applicants must be 18 years or over as required by law.

During the training, we request that participants wear appropriate safety clothing. Should any additional safety gear or equipment be required to complete the training, this will be provided by Sheer Workplace Training.

This course is suited to both first-time learners, those seeking to brush up on their skills or those whose previous EWP yellow card has expired.

What Are The Course Requirements?  

As well as being 18 years or over, a good understanding of written and spoken English is needed to complete the course. There are no work placement, licensing, certification or pre-course study requirements for this course.

Physical Fitness

You will need to demonstrate a good level of physical fitness due to the agility needed to safely complete some tasks. Australian Government legislation is very strict on this element of training and as such there can be no exceptions to demonstrating competency in this area.

Failure to meet these conditions will mean that participants are unable to complete the course or receive their Statement of Attainment.

If you have concerns relating to the physical fitness requirements for this course, please speak with us before confirming your enrolment. Alternatively, you can review the fact sheet provided by The Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA)

Course Fees

As with all our courses, our EWP training fees must be paid for in full before the commencement of the course.

Sheer Workplace Training values transparency and communication, as such all course fees and requirements will be clearly communicated to you before confirmation of enrolment.

Is There Funding Or Subsidies Available For This Course?

We understand that for some, course fees can be a barrier to obtaining further education and skills. To assist in the reduction of costs linked to workplace training and ensure this training remains accessible, there are some funding options available.

Should you require assistance with this our team are more than happy to discuss your options with you.

CSQ Funding

Construction Skills Queensland (CSQ) operates as an independent, industry-funded, not-for-profit body. It supports employers, workers, apprentices, trainees and career seekers in the building and construction industry to attain further qualifications.

CSQ provides funding towards courses at registered training organisations (RTOs) across Queensland. They can assist with covering 75% to 100% of course costs.

Jetco Funding

Does your employer make monthly contributions to CIRT on your behalf as an employee of the JETCO training fund? If so you may be able to access subsidised course costs for approved industry-based training. Speak with your employer or contact Jetco to learn more.

BERT Funding

The Building Employees Redundancy Trust (BERT) offers eligible members fee support for approved courses. The BERT Training Fund (BTF) exists to support its member’s access to funding for courses that will improve their work skills. You can apply for a worker grant here or speak with our team for further guidance.

Why Train With Us?

At Sheer Workplace Training we are committed to providing an enjoyable training experience that meets all required health and safety regulations. All our trainers have hands-on site experience and deeply recognise the need for a safe work environment. We want everyone to return home safely to their families at the end of the workday.

 We have spent years developing a training program that is second to none. We have seen first-hand the need for relevant and informative training from relatable trainers.

We aim to make training enjoyable and easy to follow and it is this approach that has helped us to become one of the leading RTOs in Queensland. For fully accredited training by skilled teachers in a supportive and friendly environment, contact Sheer Workplace Training today on 07 3901 0804.