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Elevated Work Platform, Yellow Card Training & Licensing.

The EWP, Yellow card is a nationally recognised Elevating work platform operator training program.


The training course is designed to educate the operator in the safe use and training for scissor lifts, knuckle boom, vertical, trailer and truck mounted elevating work platforms below 11 metre.


Jack Australia maintains the training program in accordance with the Elevated Work Platform Association Of Australia (EWPAA).


All states of Australia have OHS regulations in place to secure and promote health safety and welfare of all people, and employees' of the employer in the work place, and further states the duty extends to providing such information, instruction training and supervision as may be necessary to ensure the employees' health and safety at work. Therefore elevated work platform, EWP operators need documented proof he/she has been trained in the safe use of EWP's, the Yellow Card is a favoured solution.


Whether you are a employer, employee or self employed, located in New South Wales, we recommend to familiarise yourself with the NSW Occupational Health & Safety act 2000, along with another documentation that may be relevant to assist you meting your  OHS requirements.


As of the 1st of July 2013 the Elevating Work Platform Association of Australia (EWPA) has launched their new "EWP Operator Licence - Yellow Card." It has been developed in line with and is mapped directly to Nationally Recognised Training (NRT) "RIIHAN301B-Operate elevating work platforms." Additional to the NRT unit, specific industry content has been added to further enhance skills and knowledge.


Course Overview


This one (1) day training program is designed for people who wish to or are required to develop the skills and knowledge needed to operate elevated work platforms. Participants may complete singular or multiple machine classes, according to the type of work they will be undertaking.


Elevating work platform machine classes are:


Scissor Lift (SL),

Self Propelled Boom (BL),

Vertical Lift (VL),

Trailer Mounted Boom (TL),

And Truck Mounted Boom (TM)




The Occupational Health and Safety Act, Federal legislation states; that an employer must provide any information, training, instruction or supervision that is necessary to protect all persons from risks to their health and safety arising from work carried out as part of the conduct of the business or undertaking. WHS Act 2011: Division 2:19.3

Since 1987 the Elevating Work Platform Association of Australia (EWPA) has provided operator training throughout Australia known as the "Yellow card" training program. Providing this type of training has assisted owners, employers and operators to meet their responsibility under the OHS & WHS Acts where a high risk work licence is not required.


Providing documented evidence that the licence holder has been suitable trained for the appropriate piece of equipment being operated.




If you require the use of a boom-type elevated work platform with a height or reach of 11 metres or more, you must hold a valid National Licence to Perform High Risk Work class WP, issued by a Work Health and Safety Regulator.


RIIHAN301B - Operate Elevated Work Platform is appropriate for those working in an operational role at worksites within:


Civil construction


Extractive industries


General Trade Work




This training program has no pre-requisite units


Age Requirement


Participants should be 18 years of age. Operating restrictions apply for those under 18 years of age.


Course Outline


Participants will gain theoretical knowledge and practical skills in:


Hazard identification, risk assessment and controls

Fall arrest harness inspection, fitting and use

Identify safe operating parameters using data plate and manual

Conduct pre and post operational checks

Operation of EWP

Emergency procedures

Theory assessment and practical observation and demonstration




Upon successful completion of the course your record of training is processed by the EWPA and you will receive an EWP Operator Licence with the proof of training and your photograph on the card. You will be able to apply for a Statement of Attainment for RIIHAN301B-Operate Elevated Work Platform.


 Please advise your Accredited Trainer if you require a Statement of Attainment to be issued as there is additional paperwork to complete. Prior to lodgement of application, as there would be an additional charge if you require a certificate, along with the solid plastic card that is issued.


The EWP Operator Licence Yellow card will be processed and posted to your home address.


Please let the EWPA know if you have not received your card within 60 days of training. After 60 days you will have to pay $30 for the card to be reissued, but if you let us know within that timeframe, we can reissue it free of charge.




EWP yellow card training classes are held weekly, each Wednesday RAIN HAIL OR SHINE. Obviously other times can be arranged. But we offer every Wednesday week in week out, unless we are booked out there is usually space.


Start Time

On the Wednesday class:


7.30 am commencement, SHARP, for (BL) knuckle boom lift training,


And usually:


9.30am start for scissor lift training.


 Duration is approximately 6 hours (depending upon class size and prior knowledge and experience)


Class size


We train 1 person upto a maximum of 5-6 in any one group.




Classes are limited to 10 people maximum, but we seldom train more than 5 applicants at any one time as this provides for a more one on one experience.


Fees and Charges


Cost is $350 per applicant for (SL) scissor lift and (BL) boom lift on the Wednesday class ONLY.


Additional categories such as, (VL) vertical lift, (TL) Trailer Mounted Boom, (TM) Truck Mounted Boom is also available. Price is available on request.


Group bookings, e.g. min 5 people, price on request.


Training on any other day (MON/TUE/THUR/FRI), price on request, usually $450 per applicant, although there is a negotiated price available for group booking with a min of 3 applicants is available.


BOOKING IS ESSENTIAL, No placements are available to applicants who do not make prior booking via email.


EWP Trained Operator FAQ’s


1. How Does It Work?


The operator Card is a registered ticket issued to operators who have been successfully trained by EWPA accredited trainers in the safe use and operation of various types of elevated work platforms.

There are five different types of EWP Yellow Card licence category:


Scissor Lift (SL),

Self Propelled Boom (BL),

Vertical Lift (VL),

Trailer Mounted Boom (TL),

And Truck Mounted Boom (TM)


2. Are There Alternatives to formal training?


There are some alternatives to formal training by qualified EWP trainer, one option would be an house training course or user specific training package delivered by the appropriate personal with the appropriate qualifications. It is essential training programs need to have a structured training format or procedure plus written proof of successful completion please note that training must be performed by qualified person.


3. What If I Do Nothing?

If to "do nothing" is your preferred approach, and a serious accident occurs and no proof of training can be produced, then there will be serious consequences for all involved.


4. When Is The WP Over 11 Meter Work Cover Ticket Needed?

A GREY AREA exists due to the ASCC (Australian Safety and Compensation Council), introduced Certificate of competency licence for users of boom lifts 11 meters and over through the National Occupational and Safety Certification standards for users and operators of industrial equipment (NOHSC: 1006 (1995)). This is a nationally recognized scheme throughout Australia. This means that you must have a licence to operate elevated work platforms 11 meters and over. There is no specification of what type of knuckle boom and has no mention of scissor lifts. We also offer this certificate of competency (WP licence for 11 meters and above) which is performed over two part assessment knowledge and practical demonstration and requires a sound practical and safety knowledge of EWPs to avoid incidents.

5. Will I Need The Yellow Card And WP Licence To Work Over 11 Meters In A Boom Lift?

To comply with Occupational Health and Safety regulations, the answer is YES. The Yellow Card indicates you have been trained in the safe use and operation of specific EWP, elevated work platform such as scissor lift, boom lift, vertical lift, trailer mount or truck mount, work platforms. The WP licence is a Work Cover requirement for working on EWP, elevated work platforms 11 meters and over.


6. Yellow Card EWP Training, Trainee Requirements.


Must be (18) eighteen years of age or older.


Photo Identification,

Adequate safety boots,

High visibility vest/clothing,


Suitable eye protection,

Be literate in basic English,


7. Yellow Card EWP Training Course Content And Duration.


The duration of the EWP training session is approximately 4 to 8 hours depending on experience and aptitude.


Introduction EWP training aid video, verbal discussion of previous experience,

Pre start safety checks, and correct use of the yellow log book,

Hazard management, planning and preparing work for EWP,

OHS regulations and duty of care,

Emergency decent system, including practical demonstration,

Correct procedures for setting up, operating and shutting down EWP machines,

Knowledge assessment conducted after the practical session,


8. Yellow Card EWP Training Course Inquiry.

For EWP Yellow Card inquiries, Please complete the form below for a Jack Australia qualified EWP Trainer to contact you or alternatively contact us on phone numbers provided. For a prompt reply please include contact phone number, full name.


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EWP machinery supplied is serviced as required and in excellent working order. Our EWP, elevated work platform's are dedicated for training and seldom hired, giving you confidence that elevated work platform will be available on the day needed on both your training and assessment day. 

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