EWP Licence (WP) Course - Maryborough
High Risk Licence Requirements:
- Participants must be 18 years or over to apply for a High Risk Licence
- Worksafe Victoria requires all participants to be able to read, write & understand English, if sitting for a High Risk Licence
- Participants must have 100 points if ID to obtain a High Risk Licence
- Participants must have a Victorian residential address to obtain a High Risk Licence
- Participants must be competent in written and spoken English (Students are required to undertake a Language, Literacy, and Numeracy test prior to commencing the training)
- Participants must have photo ID
- Participants must have a Unique Student Identifier (USI) (What is a USI & Why do I need one?)
- Participants must have a MyWorkSafe Account
- Participants are recommended to hold their Construction Induction OHS (White Card), if operating machinery
- Participants are required to wear sensible work clothes and steel capped boots, and dress according to the weather for their training
- Participants are required to bring appropriate sun safety protection
MyWorkSafe Account info
Applications for High Risk Licences can now be completed online. Applicants must now have a myWorkSafe account to apply for a High Risk Licence. A factsheet about creating a myWorkSafe account will be included in the Study Pack.
With a myWorkSafe account, students will be able to apply for their licence online, track the progress of their application, and amend and renew current licences.
WorkSafe Victoria will no longer be issuing plastic licences when students apply through myWorkSafe. Licence holders will now be able to access and display their licence digitally.
Licence holders will also be able to print a paper copy of their licence to carry with them, which will enable them to produce their licence in workplaces where mobile phones are not permitted.
Employers will be able to check the validity of a licence on the WorkSafe website.
FOR MORE DETAILS ABOUT HIGH RISK WORK LICENCE REQUIREMENTS, GO TO: https://www.worksafe.vic.gov.au/high-risk-work-licence
FOR THE HIGH RISK WORK LICENCE ONLINE APPLICATION, GO TO: https://www.myworksafe.vic.gov.au/s/landing-page?_ga=2.240342986.819110667.1576015887-763916914.1576015887&id=hrw
This course covers topics for EWP operations such as: planning the work/task, preparing for the work/task, performing the work/task, and packing up.
Our course on our site covers the following topics:
- the legal requirements of holding a High Risk Licence
- pre-start checks
- pre-operational checks
- post-operational checks
- parts of an EWP
- explanation of the EWP controls
- how to read & interpret the data plate
- how to know the limitations of an EWP
- explanations of EWP operating terminology
- how to calculate the weight allowed in the basket of an EWP
- how to correctly tag out a faulty EWP
- how to correctly set up & safely operate an EWP
- how to identify potential hazards when operating an EWP in a workplace & how the strategy to use to minimize them
- correct operational techniques
- what paperwork is required to be completed before & after operating an EWP, & how to correctly complete this paperwork
- Hazard Identification & Control Measures
- No Go Zones for Powerlines
- Ground conditions
- Suspension Trauma
- Safety features on an EWP
- Weather conditions
- Emergency Procedures
Knowledge of any Language, Literacy, or Numeracy issues that participants may have, would enable the training & assessments to address these issues without isolating and making anyone feel uncomfortable. This would be beneficial to know on booking the date of the course that they are attending. This is adult learning and we are here to help. We are aware that everyone learns differently so we aim to deliver the training in a way that everyone gets the most out of it, and are confident in safely operating an EWP.
The Language, Literacy & Numeracy (LLN) activity that participants are required to complete on the day, involves basic writing, comprehension & mathematical skills.
WorkSafe Victoria also instigated all new compliance requirements & contracts with approved RTO’s and individual assessors of High Risk Licences in 2018.
In line with the new WorkSafe Victoria Conditions of Authorisation and accompanying compliance requirements for RTO’s and individual High Risk Licence Assessors, RTO’s must provide WorkSafe Victoria with a Notice of Intention to carry out High Risk Licence assessments. This notice must include:
- the names of the participants who will be sitting their High Risk Licence assessments,
- the date & approx. time of the scheduled assessments,
- the class of High Risk Licence they will assessed for,
- the details of the equipment that will be used for the assessments, and
- the exact location of the assessments (i.e. name of business and address) that the assessment will take place.
WorkSafe may send an assessor/inspector to the workplace to make sure that all is above board & compliant. WorkSafe will then issue us with an authorisation. Without this authorisation, all paperwork will be null & void and WorkSafe Victoria will not issue a High Risk Licence. If an applicant withdraws from the course or does not sit the assessments as originally notified to WorkSafe, RTO’s must contact WorkSafe as soon as possible with an amendment to the Notice of Intention. Please note that once these details have been sent to Worksafe, it is not permitted to allow a substitution of a notified applicant for a new proposed applicant.
A mandated Assessment Instrument has been developed for each High Risk Licence unit of competency. The Assessment Instruments have been endorsed by Safe Work Australia, the national body with responsibility for work health and safety matters. RTOs that have HRW licensing units of competency on their scope of registration must use the mandated Assessment Instruments.
Mandated Assessments Instruments were implemented nationwide for all High Risk Work Licences with Victoria being on the 1st October 2012. One of the major changes for some of the licences is that there is now a Calculations Assessment required as well as the Written and Practical Assessments. The EWP is one of these licences, and the time that we have to allow for all the assessments to be completed is 5 hours which has added a day onto the training course. All High Risk Work Licences have been aligned with the new Victorian OHS Regulations 2017. The assessments are the same no matter where you do them in Australia.
We appreciate that some people may be really good EWP operators which means they should have no problems with the practical, but the theory is what we are finding that people are having problems with. Because this unit of competency is nationally accredited, it involves questions about the new Work Health and Safety laws that all other states have adopted. Even though Victoria has chosen not to adopt these, the unit still requires the Participants to have knowledge of them. This is why it is so important that you must STUDY the information in the Study Guide. Just reading it once is not enough.
Since this High Risk Licence went national, we have found that there is only a 70% pass rate due to the theory component of this course. We now offer this as a 2-day course as feedback from students who have attended a shorter course, all said that an extra day would prepare them better for the written and calculations assessments.
WorkSafe is aware some RTO’s advertise and are conducting courses for classes of high risk work that are short in duration, for example, a course for Forklift and/or Elevated Work Platform being completed in a day or less, including the licence assessment. WorkSafe is concerned that short courses could present a safety risk to the licence holders, other workers and the community, as rather than the RTO delivering training to the standard required in the relevant Unit of Competency, the RTO is often relying on the statements of prior experience provided by the applicant and inadequate Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) processes to determine competency to progress to an assessment. If WorkSafe reasonably believes that the RTO is not carrying out due diligence checks in relation to high risk work licensing, including enrolment and RPL processes, the RTO may be referred to the appropriate training regulator (e.g. ASQA or VRQA).
RTO's are no longer allowed to offer assessment only for High Risk Licences. The participant must undergo a session of training with a WorkSafe approved Registered Training Organisation (RTO) prior to their assessments, as per the compliance requirements for High Risk Licences. Without the required documentation of this session of training, the participant cannot apply for a High Risk Work Licence.
All participants are required to study the EWP Study Guide and complete the EWP Learner Workbook prior the course. This puts everyone attending the course on the same base level of knowledge. It is very important that you STUDY the information in the Study Guide. Just reading it once is not enough, and you need to have the book longer than a week.
Your answers written in the EWP Learner Workbook are a guide for the trainer to identify how well you understand the information in the Study Guide, and identify areas that may require more coverage during the training.
All High Risk Licence assessments are CLOSED BOOK assessments and are required to be written in English. CLOSED BOOK means that participants cannot refer to the Study Guide, any other resources, or their notes for the answers. They must know the information required. Worksafe Victoria requires all Participants to be able to read, write & understand English, if sitting for a High Risk Licence. All answers are required to be hand written in words and in English. They are not multiple choice. Please know that we DO NOT have any flexibility with the mandated assessments.
Participants are required to complete a written, calculations and practical assessment for this High Risk Licence.
Please note that a High Risk Licence Class WP does NOT cover you for operating a Scissor Lift as the licence is for a boom-type elevating work platform. You will also need to undergo training on a Scissor Lift to be deemed competent in the safe operation of a Scissor Lift.
Please read our Information Handbook which lists our policies & procedures, student responsibilities, and other general information (e.g. cancellations & refunds, photo ID requirements), and the Requirements for Applying for a High Risk Licence handbook which lists information about applying for a High Risk Licence, re-assessment requirements & costs).
What to bring
Participants are required to bring on the first day:
- Photo ID (e.g. Australian Driver’s Licence, current passport, Proof of Age Card, KeyPass). If they do not have a Victorian Driver’s Licence, then they will need to bring their photo ID and also an official document stating their current Victorian residential address e.g. bank account statement (with sensitive information blanked out), rent receipt, utility bill, Centrelink Card, etc. If they are unsure, please contact our office before the course date.
- Any other High Risk Licence they may have (as WorkSafe will link them together)
- Their Construction Induction (Red or White) Card, if they have one (not compulsory)
- Their completed Enrolment Form (preferably with an email address listed so we can email the required documentation to them for their High Risk Licence online application)
- Their completed USI Authorisation Form on page 7 of the enrolment Form (only if they require All Skills to apply for their USI on their behalf) & required ID for applying for their USI
- Their EWP Study Guide (this is required to be studied prior to the date of the course)
- Their completed EWP Learner Workbook (this is required to be completed prior to the date of the course)
"I think the course was well done."
D. Brodie, (ICE Engineering (VIC) Pty Ltd), 2019
"Well run, polite."
P. Lewis, (ICE Engineering (VIC) Pty Ltd), 2019
"(All Skills) ran a very well structured and perfectly professional and organised weekend course for the EWP."
D. Terrill, (ICE Engineering (VIC) Pty Ltd), 2019
"Teaches you all the skills required."
L. Bond, (ICE Engineering (VIC) Pty Ltd), 2019
"(The All Skills team) were great; so helpful. From making a booking with (the Admin Manager) to sitting the course with (the trainer); so helpful."
B. Matthews, (BMCI), 2019
"Great place to learn at. Cheers."
L. Barnes, 2019
"Excellent communication. Very thorough training. (The trainer) explained things really well."
S. Irving, (City of Ballarat), 2019
"I feel it was a tough but fair course, due to the high level of risk involced, the information needs to be known."
A, Beggs, (City of Ballarat), 2019
"This is my second course at All Skills, and I think it is the best place to get licensing as (the Admin Manager) is so polite and helps you with anything, and (the trainer) just really knows how to get information to stick in your mind and really does want you to pass and get the best out of you."
W. Cain, (Ian Cain Electrical), 2018
"Fantastic company. I will recommend. Came out with great learning skills and positive safe learning attitude. Thank you."
D. Arnold, (Sonac Australia), 2018
"One of the best RTO's in Victoria. The training facilities are awesome and the real life based training is great. You get to properly use the EWPs by yourself. Probably one of the best ways to learn and feel confident is to have a go by yourself, because you won't feel confident if you haven't tried by yourself."
D. Martelli, 2016
"Great course. (The trainer) was well prepared and knowledgeable."
K. Heathcock, (V/Line Pty Ltd), 2016
B. Ure, (V/Line Pty Ltd), 2016
"The course was very educational. I learnt a lot about the correct, and safe procedure involved in operating an EWP."
D. Roche, (Silo Sealing & Waterproofing), 2016
"All the training was done really well."
C. Cole, (Silo Sealing & Waterproofing), 2016
"The training course that I completed with (the trainer) from All Skills Services was very informative and thorough. I learnt a lot of additional things about elevated work platforms and their safe operation. Many thanks to all of the staff at All Skills Services. Highly recommended."
C. Horner, (Troy Walker Electrical), 2015
"I found I learnt a lot by doing this course and (the trainer) was thorough with his teaching and answered any question I had."
G. Le Blanc, (Troy Walker Electrical), 2015
"I found everything to be very professional and relevant to my course. The training was very thorough and there was adequate discussion time factored into the training guides."
S. Long, (Troy Walker Electrical), 2015
"The course conducted by 'All Skills Services' was excellent overall. Very thorough and professional with their knowledge and support. Would not hesitate to do other courses with them at all."
Kurt Watts, (Troy Walker Electrical), 2015
"(The trainer of the EWP course) has great understanding of OHS of Australia and wants to have his students as much skills in OHS as he does. He is very passionate and deserves to have a very high quality skill level from his students."
T. Foote, (Visionstream), 2014
"(The trainer) was very enthusiastic with the (EWP) course. Great knowledge of the subject."
J. Fairburn, (Visionstream), 2014
"An eye opener to the skill sets required to use and manage an EWP."
M. Brick, (Visionstream), 2014
"I feel the diagrams and pictures were good but I feel the writing of the questions (EWP - High Risk Licence) could be in layman terms. More easier to understand."
R. Kelly, 2014
"The information books (EWP - High Risk Licence) were very simple i.e. school kids."
B. Freedman, (Accolade Wines), 2014
"Very passionate instructor/owner. Very experienced in different trade and engineering field. Genuinely knows and ensures trainee has achieved the level of skill (EWP)."
I. Panniker, (Select Solutions), 2014
"I feel the course teaching was good but the assessment with oral gives the trainer idea of the candidate's capability rather than with respect to the written oral test, however the trainer was good and delivered in right way at the end of the day (EWP)."
S. Manne, 2014
"Trainer spoke both with knowledge & experience, kept it (EWP) both enjoyable & interesting. A+
J. Grimes, (Select Solutions), 2014
"I would like to express my gratitiude and sincere thanks to All Skills Services for their assistance in the completion of my certificates in Scissor Lift, High Risk Elevating Platform and my White Card in the Construction Industry.
They were most diligent, professional and knowledgeable in their training and I thoroughly enjoyed it, leaving confident in my ability to operate all machinery trained on.
I cannot speak highly enough of All Skills and would not hesitate to recommend them to any individual or company."
W.P. Furlong, 2013
"The content, background knowledge and understanding shown in this (Scissor Lift & High Risk EWP) course was far greater than I expected. Passionate, enthusiastic & experienced teacher made for a beneficial & enjoyable learning experience."
C. Wright, 2013
"Training for EWP (High Risk) was beyond what I was expecting and have excellent understanding to work safe. I would not hesitate to recommend anybody to undertake this course at All Skills Services.
Professionalism at it's best!
G. Kousoulinis, 2013
"Great (EWP) training provided. Great company to get your training done. (The trainer) is a passionate and dedicated RTO and it shows in his work and attention to detail. If I need another qualification, I will come back to All Skills Services."
N. O'Leary, 2013