RIIHAN301E Operate elevating work platform

This course teaches participants the skills required to safely operate a range of elevating and lift platforms, under 11m in height, and fulfils the requirements of the EWPA yellow card.

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Elevating work platforms – often simply referred to as EWPs – come in a variety of shapes and sizes. They can be used for a variety of tasks including gutter cleaning and accessing areas without needing to use a fall protection system.

This course teaches participants how to operate an EWP under 11m in height safely and efficiently. Successful completion of the course may also provide the participant with their “yellow card”, issued by the Elevating Work Platform Association of Australia. Participants will also receive the nationally recognised statement of attainment for RIIHAN301E Operate elevating work platform.

The yellow card is an industry-recognised qualification that can demonstrate competency in the use of different elevating work platforms including boom lift, scissor lift, vertical lift and others provided they are less than 11m in height.

For EWPs over 11m in height, a High Risk Work licence is required. Training to make a participant eligible to receive this licence is covered by TLILIC0005 Licence to operate a boom-type elevating work platform (boom length 11 metres or more).

Boom-type and scissor-type EWPs being used during practical trianing exercises.

About this course

This unit leaves participants with the skills and knowledge required to operate an elevating work platform under 11 metres. The work required in this unit relates to the National Standard for High Risk Work but this unit does not provide the licence.

Boom-type elevating work platform means a telescoping device, hinged device, or articulated device, or any combination of these, used to support a platform on which personnel, equipment and materials may be elevated.

If training is undertaken with a member of the Elevated Work Platform Association (EWPA) successful completion of this course also makes a participant eligible to receive the EWPA yellow card. The yellow card is an industry-recognised accreditation that recognises a person understands the relevant workplace safety regulations and laws related to EWP use. More information about the yellow card can be found on the EWPA website.

Duration: 1 day (8 hours)

Student/trainer ratio: 8:1

Course objectives and content

  • Planning of work

  • Conducting routine checks on an EWP

  • Set up of an EWP

  • Operation of an EWP

  • Safely shutting down and secure EWP

EWP training participant operating the controls of a boom-type EWP.

Qualifications for successful participants

Statement of attainment in:

RIIHAN301E Operate elevating work platform

RIIHAN301E Operate elevating work platform FAQs

This course can be completed using the following types of EWP:

  • Boom lift
  • Scissor lift
  • Vertical lift


It can also be completed using any other type of elevating work platform, provided it is less than 11m in height.


The national high risk work licence only applies for those seeking to operate an EWP over 11m in height. Participants needing to operate larger EWPs should consider TLILIC005 Licence to operate a boom-type elevating work platform (boom length 11 metres or more).

The Elevating Work Platform Association (EWPA) is the national industry body for EWP operators.

The yellow card is an industry recognised qualification that demonstrates a person is competent in the use of EWPs in a professional capacity.

While it is not required a person hold the yellow card to operate an EWP, it assists in demonstrating competency to potential employers and workplaces.

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