If you’ve ever considered getting your Yellow Card but have no idea where to begin, this guide is a great place to start. From where to train to what to expect during training, dealing with expired cards and more, we’re here to help.
Allowing for enhanced safety in the workplace alongside greater hiring appeal and potential for a higher salary, being a yellow card holder offers a host of benefits.
At Sheer Workplace Training, we offer in-depth training in the operation of elevated work platforms (EWPs) so you can secure your EWP card or yellow card with ease.
What Exactly Is A Yellow Card?
A Yellow Card is a statement of competency that allows you to work on EWPs under 11m. It shows you are trained and qualified to operate an EWP following all relevant Safe Work legislation.
Operating an EWP without this certification is in conflict with Safe Work practices. To ensure the safety of yourself and your colleagues, you must hold a valid Yellow Card.
The advantage of being a Yellow Card holder goes beyond workplace safety, it also makes you more highly skilled. This appeals to companies seeking new hires and can also allow for the negotiation of a higher salary.
How to Obtain a Yellow Card
To obtain your Yellow Card, you must:
- Book and complete the relevant training course with a registered training organisation (RTO). Typically this is a one-day course.
- Involving both practical and theory modules, your course will cover:
- Hazard identification, risk assessment and controls
- Identification of safe operating parameters using manual and data plates
- Pre and post-operational checks
- Inspection, fitting and use of fall arrest harness
- Operation of various EWPs
- What to do in an emergency
- Achieve competency and be issued your statement of attainment.
- Be issued your Yellow Card on behalf of the Elevating Work Platform Association (EWPA).
Under the state funding provided through the Skilling Queenslanders For Work program, you may be able to obtain these qualifications via your employer at no charge.
Additionally, there are some funding options on offer via CSQ, Jetco and BERT which can help to stay in the workforce or enter into it with additional training.
Are There Yellow Card Exemptions?
No, there are no exemptions available under Safe Work whereby an individual is permitted to operate an EWP without a valid Yellow Card.
It is expected that all workers operating an EWP will hold appropriate training and competency in line with WHS/OHS Regulations.
NB: This should not be confused with exemptions available under the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) for disability service workers who also hold a different type of Yellow Card.
Renewing Or Replacing An Existing Yellow Card
Yellow Cards typically expire 5 years after their date of issue.
However, recent updates to WHS/OHS Regulations require that operators of plant equipment must undergo activity-based instruction and training if their Yellow Cards were issued before 1 July 2013.
As a result, as of 31 December 2022 Old Yellow Cards will not be replaced/reissued by the EWPA, without proof of renewed training and competency.
If your Yellow Card has expired or has been lost, it is important to renew your training and obtain your updated card details as soon as possible. Failure to do so may see you in breach of WHS/OHS Regulations.
Secure Your Yellow Card With Sheer Workplace Training
At Sheer Workplace Training, we offer accredited courses in EWP operation and are an approved RTO.
Our trainers deliver engaging course material based on first-hand experience for an enhanced training experience. We want you to enjoy training and believe this supports optimal retention of the information being taught.
Our goal is to see you achieve competency and finish your day’s training with your statement of attainment and Yellow Card in hand. We’re focused on ensuring you are best positioned to remain safe at work, keep your co-workers safe and return home at the end of each day.
Call 07 3901 0804 today and experience Sheer Workplace Training’s commitment to assisting you with obtaining or renewing your Yellow Card.