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Tower Crane Licence

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Course Overview

Duration: 4 days training and 1 day assessment
Times: 7:00am – 3:00pm
Class size: 5 students
Pre-requisite: WH&S More Skills requires all applicants to hold a current Licence to Perform Dogging, as well as satisfactory demonstration of industry experience.
Assessment type: Theory and practical

Tower Crane Licence is also conducted as a Night Course. Please contact us for further information.

Units of Competency

Course Code Course Name
CPCCLTC4001A Licence to operate a tower crane

What is a Tower Crane?

A tower crane is a jib or boom crane mounted on a tower structure, demountable or permanent, including both horizontal and luffing jib types.

Tower cranes are fixed to the ground on a concrete slab (and sometimes attached to the sides of structures). Tower cranes often give the best combination of height and lifting capacity and are used in the construction of tall buildings. The base is then attached to the mast which gives the crane its height. The mast is attached to the slewing unit (gear and motor) that allows the crane to rotate. On top of the slewing unit there are three main parts which are: the long horizontal jib (working arm), shorter counter-jib, and the operators cab.

The long horizontal jib is the part of the crane that carries the load. The counter-jib carries a counterweight, usually of concrete blocks, while the jib suspends the load to and from the center of the crane. The crane operator either sits in a cab at the top of the tower or controls the crane by radio remote control from the ground.

Course Description

This unit specifies the outcomes required to operate a tower crane for licensing purposes, and covers a jib or boom/job crane mounted on a tower structure, demountable or permanent, including both horizontal and luffing jib types. This unit does not cover self-erecting tower cranes.

A person who demonstrates competency in this unit must be able to provide evidence of the ability to:

  • comply with OH&S licensing legislation
  • communicate and work safely with others in the work area
  • assess risks and management procedures (particular awareness of the risks associated with overhead powerlines/electrical cables, wind, etc)
  • operate a tower crane for the lifting and moving of loads to the safe working rated capacity in conjunction with other
  • appropriate personnel
  • apply appropriate mathematical procedures for estimation of loads.

This unit requires the operator to plan the work, conduct routine checks, transfer loads and shut down and secure the crane. This unit requires the operator to plan the work, conduct routine checks, transfer loads and shut down and secure the crane.

Why Train with Us?

  • Large variety of funding options available:
  • CSQ Short Course
  • BERT Training Fund
  • We do not cancel courses due to low numbers*
  • We include RII units
  • Extensive range of plant equipment
  • Tax deduction for accredited training
  • *Except where required by the state safe work regulator 

    Course Topics

    • OHS and legislative obligations
    • How to safely plan tower crane operations
    • Identification and control of hazards/risks in the workplace
    • Inspection and selection of lifting equipment including sling and load calculations
    • How to conduct pre-start, pre-operational and post-operational inspections on a tower crane
    • Reading and interpreting load charts
    • Setting up a crane
    • Use of LMI (load monitor indicator)
    • Operating a crane following hand, whistle and radio signals
    • Operating and shifting a variety of loads

    Course Training & Outcomes

    Training & Mandatory Assessment

    With successful completion of the training and mandatory assessment applicants will be issued with an assessment summary (AS1) and Statement of Attainment (SOA) for the Unit of Competency:

    CPCCLTC4001A Licence to operate a tower crane

    Licence Application

    Successful applicants will receive an assessment summary (AS1) from the accredited assessor and a Statement of Attainment from WH&S More Skills. Applicants need to complete the online application for a new Queensland HRW Licence on the Worksafe QLD website.  This must be done within 60 days of successfully completing the practical assessment. The application fee is $88.40 and payable at the time of your application.

    Students should retain their AS1 and proof of payment as evidence that they can lawfully perform work in the relevant class of High Risk, pending a decision on your application. Upon lodgement, enquiries regarding your application should be directed to Workplace Health and Safety QLD on phone 1300 369 915.

    Training Requirements & What To Bring

    • High Risk Work Licence assessments can only be undertaken at the age of 18 years or over
    • All current High Risk Work Licences
    • Logbooks recording high risk work hours under supervision (if available)
    • Unique Student Identifier (USI) is required prior to course commencement – please bring number to course.
    • Photo ID i.e. Queensland or Interstate Driver’s Licence or Passport
    • Applicants will be required to have a basic knowledge and understanding of the English language
    • PPE must be worn by students attending the course on all occasions. This includes steel cap boots, long pants, long sleeves, (high vis shirt if possible otherwise long sleeves with a high vis vest) and a safety hard hat. For dogging, rigging & scaffolding courses, students are required to bring gloves and safety glasses.

    WH&S More Skills will provide whistles as well as the general training equipment, notes, logbook and training plans, calculators and pens.

    Terms and Conditions

    Please go here to read our complete Terms and Conditions and Refunds & Cancellations policy.

    Training Facilities

    The training facilities are comfortable air conditioned with modern training aids. Tea and coffee making facilities are provided as well as fridges and a microwave for participants to use. There are several takeaway lunch spots of good quality within a kilometre. Lunch is not provided with the training.

    Students have direct access to all the necessary plant required for the relevant course i.e. Cranes, EWP, Forklifts and Scaffold.

    The Construction Training Centre offers a free car park for all students and visitors, as well as a cafe onsite.

    On-site Training & Group Bookings

    We also offer onsite training as well as group booking options at our training facilities.

    Onsite training and group bookings provide the advantage of being able to choose the course dates as it is suitable for you and your employees.

    For more information contact us on (07) 3183 0000 or send an email enquiry.

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