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 will 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.

As 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

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.

Additional information about training at HSE

All necessary equipment and learning materials will be provided. Light refreshments will be provided for training completed at our training facilities. Please wear comfortable clothing and enclosed footwear.

A literacy and numeracy quiz will be conducted prior to the start of the course. This assists us in providing adequate course material to all our students. It is recommended that participants have:

  • Numeracy skills to
    • calculate basic sums using addition, substraction, multiplication and division.
    • locate and recognise numbers commonly used in safety signage.
  • Reading skills so
    • identify and interpret information from workplace procedures, documentation and regulations.
    • follow safety instructions that are written in English.
  • Writing skills to
    • produce or complete written documents and forms commonly required in the workplace.
    • maintain records of tests and results.
    • form short sentences and paragraphs in English.
  • Communication skills to
    • use a range of techniques and systems to communicate with others.
    • ask clarifying questions.
    • inform others of hazards and report incidents.
    • communicate required actions.
    • verbally communicate with others in English.
  • Problem solving skills to
    • identify hazards and risks.
    • select and implement risk control measures.
  • Computer skills to
    • follow basic instructions to access specific websites.
    • answer multiple choice questions.
    • save documents.


Some courses will have practical components that require participants to physically push, pull, carry or climb. Participants with physical limitations are urged to speak to their trainer prior to completing practical activities to determine if reasonable adjustments can be accommodated. Participants who cannot perform practical components may be issued a certificate of attendance in lieu of the statement of attainment.

Participants must also be eligible to receive nationally recognised training within Australia. They must also provide us with a valid Unique Student Identifier (USI) upon enrolment. If you do not have a USI, one can be created here: CLICK HERE.

Some courses will have prerequisite training that will need to be completed prior to undertaking the selected course. A statement of attainment for the prerequisite course must be presented prior to the start of training. Please refer to the FAQ section, above, for details of any prerequisites your course may have.

Height Safety Engineers does not offer recognition of prior learning and/or credit transfer due to the high-risk nature of our training courses. It is also anticipated that participants will be new entrants or refreshing knowledge and skills in the area of study.

This will depend on the type of visa that you have.

For example restrictions apply to international visitors who hold a Student Visa. Any course undertaken by a Student Visa holder must be conducted by a provider who is registered on CRICOS. As Elbon Consulting Services Pty Ltd is not CRICOS approved we are unable to accept enrolments into any of our courses from any international visitor that holds a Student Visa.

International visitors who hold a Working Holiday Visa may be eligible to enrol into our courses once they arrive in Australia. This is important as some occupations in Australia will have legislative and/or licencing requirements relating to qualifications. International visitors will still be required to provide a valid USI (Unique Student Identifier) prior to enrolling into any Nationally Recognised Training. When registering for your USI number if you select Non-Australian Passport (with Australian Visa) as your form of ID, you will need to enter your Non-Australian passport number when creating your USI. The following details on the passport must match in order to verify in the USI registry system:

  • Family Name
  • Given Name(s)
  • Date of Birth
  • Passport Number
  • Country of Passport

Students from New Zealand will not be able to create a USI using their New Zealand passport until your passport has been registered with the Australian Department of Immigration. This will only happen when the student crosses the border into Australia. Once the passport is registered with the Department of Immigration it can be verified and the student will be able to create a USI using their New Zealand passport.

If you are an International Visitor, you will need to provide a copy of your Visa and/or Passport by emailing training@heightsafety.net. Your Visa details will be verified for eligibility to participate in accredited training within Australia. If you are ineligible, a full refund of fees paid will be provided.

We may be able to provide you with learning support. If you think you may need assistance with reading and/or writing, please contact our office to discuss how we may be able to assist.

Training can be conducted in one of our dedicated state-of-the-art training facilities or be conducted on your site with the use of our mobile training simulators

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