Self-Erecting Tower Crane

Self-Erecting Tower Crane
Unit Code:Unit Name:
CPCCLTC4002ALicence to operate a self-erecting tower crane

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About this course

This unit specifies the outcomes required to operate a self-erecting tower crane for licensing purposes, and covers the operation of a crane where the tower structure and boom/jib elements are not disassembled into component sections, which can be transported between sites as a complete unit, and where the erection and dismantling processes are an inherent part of the crane’s function.

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

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

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

Course Topics:

  • OHS and legislative obligations
  • How to safely plan self-erecting 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 self-erecting 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:

CPCCLTC4002A Licence to operate a self-erecting tower crane

Core Units of Competency

Course Code
Course Name
Licence to operate a self-erecting tower crane

Core/Elective Units

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 $94.70 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.

What is a Self-Erecting Tower Crane?

A self-erecting tower crane is a type of crane with tower and boom/jib elements that do not dismantle into component sections. Self-erecting tower cranes can be transported between sites as a complete unit. The erection and dismantling process is a fundamental part of the cranes function.

Self-erecting tower cranes lift themselves from the ground or lift an upper, telescoping section using jacks, allowing the next section of the tower to be inserted at ground level or lifted into place by the partially erected crane. Therefore they can be assembled without outside help, and can grow together with the building or structure they are erecting.

Why train with us?

  • We do not cancel courses due to low numbers*
  • Extensive range of plant equipment
  • Tax deduction for accredited training

*Except where required by the state safe work regulator 


Training Requirements & What To Bring

  • High Risk Work Licence assessments can only be undertaken at the age of 18 years or over
  • 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
  • Applicants will be required to have a basic knowledge and understanding of the English language

Please bring the following to your course:

  • Current High Risk Work Licence (if applicable)
  • Photo ID i.e. Queensland or Interstate Driver’s Licence or Passport
  • Unique Student Identifier (USI) is required prior to course commencement – please bring USI number to course
  • Logbooks, Statements of Attainment or other training records (if applicable)

WH&S More Skills will provide all general training equipment i.e. notes, logbooks and training plans, calculators and pens. For dogging and rigging courses. whistles will also be supplied

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