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Our EWP trainers are registered Assessors and hold National Certificate L4 in Adult Education. Public and private courses available.


Course Introduction

Course Overview
This training programme is designed for people who wish to, or are required to develop the skills and knowledge needed to operate elevated work platform. Participants may complete singular or multiple EWP types, according to the type of work they will be undertaking.  Machine types are: Vertical Lift, Scissor Lift, Self-Propelled Boom, Trailer Mounted Boom, and Truck Mounted Boom.

The Health & Safety at Work Act (HSWA) states that one aspect of ensuring that employees can carry out work safely is making sure that employees have adequate knowledge, experience and training. This course ensures your company is legislatively compliant, and your staff will have been made aware of the relevant Best Practices and guidelines related to EWP machinery operations.

Since 1999, the Hire Industry Association of New Zealand (HIANZ) has provided EWP operator training throughout New Zealand known as the “Silver Card” training programme. Providing this type of training has assisted owners, employers and operators to meet their responsibility under the HSWA Act.

Our Accredited Trainers
You may search and view contact details of our Accredited Trainers here.  All Accredited Trainers hold National Certificate in Adult Education L4, and will deliver the course in accordance with the HIANZ guidelines at all times. 

Course Outline
Participants will gain theoretical knowledge and practical skills in:

  •          Health and Safety Legislative Requirements
  •          Types of Elevated Work Platforms (EWP's)
  •          EWP Compliance Requirements
  •          Hazard identification, risk assessment and controls
  •          Fall arrest harness inspection, fitting and use
  •          Conduct pre and post operational checks
  •          Safe Operation of EWP
  •          Emergency procedures, Rescue Plans
  •          Theory & Practical assessments, observation and  demonstration.

Upon successful completion of the course your NZQA record of learning will be updated to include the NZQA Unit Standards attained through the course and you will receive a EWP Operator ID Card as proof of training & competency. Processing can take up to 30 days. The EWP Operator Silvercard will be processed by HIANZ and forwarded to you, by your trainer.

A “temporary” Silvercard can be supplied on the day of training and this can be used when operating machinery until you receive the plastic Silvercard. 

Unit Standards Achieved:

23966 - Describe types of EWP, and legislative requirements for their use
23960 - Assess the worksite, prepare and operate a scissor lift EWP

23961 - Assess the worksite, prepare and operate a truck mounted EWP
23962 - Assess the worksite, prepare and operate a self-propelled boom lift EWP
23963 - Assess the worksite, prepare and operate a trailer mounted EWP
23964 - Assess the worksite, prepare and operate a vertical lift EWP

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