Course Introduction

New EWP Training Programme – Dec 2014
The Hire Industry Association of New Zealand (Inc.) have launched its new EWP Silver Card programme. The training programme was re-developed to meet the requirements of the Best Practice Guidelines for Mobile Elevating Work Platforms (Released August 2014) and to meet the criteria of NZQA Unit Standards.  Industry specific content has also been added to enhance the programme and level of guidance given to trainees. Information highlighting the difference between the old and new Silver Card training can be found here.

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 in Employment Act 1992 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 HS&E 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, are NZQA Assessors, and will deliver the course in accordance with the HIANZ guidelines at all times. The trainers will submit training records to HIANZ who in turn approve and produce the Silver Card which is sent to the trained operator.

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 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 Silver Card will be processed by HIANZ and forwarded to you, by your trainer.

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

Unit Standards Achieved:

23966 - Describe types of EWP, and legislative requirements for their use
(pre-requisite for assessments below)

Only 2 of the Practical EWP assessments listed below, can be achieved per day.

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

Attainment                                                         Duration (approx)           

23966 + one practical (Scissor or Vertical Lift)                       5 hours          
23966 + one practical  (Boom Lift or Truck Mounted)             6 hours                     
23966 + two practical (Combo of two EWP types)                 8 hours              

(the above is an example, and depends on class size, EWP type, and experience of attendee’s)

For larger groups you will need to contact the Accredited Trainer who will arrange for more than one Trainer to be made available.

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