What Is a Crane Operator?
A crane operator is someone who uses a crane to pick up and transport a wide range objects and construction materials.
Cranes come in many types makes and models such as :
- Tower Crane
- Self erecting cranes
- Vehicle loading
- Slewing mobile cranes
- Truck mounted
- Rough terrain
- All terrain
- Crawler crane
- Non slewing crane
- Franna type
- Side boom
- Bridge and gantry crane
Why Should I Do A Crane Operators Course?
Before being allowed to undertake any form of crane operation, you need to have both a crane operators licence (either from a Certificate III in Crane operations or a nationally recognised statement of attainment from a Registered Training Organisation (RTO).
As part of undergoing a crane operators course, you will also receive a High Risk Work (HRW) Licence, which is also a requirement to have before working as a crane operator.
It should also be noted that if you are managing a construction or worksite, you are also responsible for ensuring that all the workers have had adequate training, instruction, and information to correctly undertake crane operation work.
What Are Crane Operator Courses Like?
At CTI, you undergo a 4 day course. You will need suitable Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) in order to participate.
The course itself is 9 hours a day (8 hours for course work, plus 1 hour for lunch). All of the training is done at CTI, or offsite training in the case of Derrick crane and Portal boom – CTI has everything required onsite. The course is a mixture of practical and theoretical learning.
The Crane operator course is not impacted by the weather. If there is rain, for example, the trainees will wear protective coats and continue the training, although there may be occasional breaks in order to be practical.
How Much Does A HRW Licence Cost?
Please refer to our fees and pricing.
Do I Need To Renew My HRW Licence
Your crane operator licence in theory can last forever. However, like a driver’s licence, it requires renewing.
A crane operator licence must be renewed every 5 years. In order to renew a crane operator licence and continue being a crane operator, you must also pay a fee to WorkSafe Australia.