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TABLE OF CONTENTS

List of figures
Preface

Introduction

When is a certificate needed?

Who issues certificates of competency?

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What are the national certificate classes?

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Which work has dual coverage?

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What is needed to gain a Certificate of Competency?

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What is documentary evidence of competence?

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How can a Notice of Assessment be obtained?

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What happens during an assessment?

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What happens after an assessment?

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What do I have to do with the certificate?

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Are national certificates recognised throughout Australia?

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Are old certificates still recognised?

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Which old certificates are fully convertible to national certificates?

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What can an employer expect from a certificate holder?

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What should you expect from your employer?

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Can people without certificates operate cranes or hoists?

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How can logbooks be used?

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Do trainees have to attend training courses?

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What are the skills and knowledge needed to pass an assessment?

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Can certificates be cancelled or suspended?

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Can exemptions to the Regulations be given?

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What rights of appeal are available?

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Concluding remarks

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Training logbook

Appendix A

Further information

Appendix B

WorkCover offices and interstate certifying authorities

Appendix C

LIST OF FIGURES
Typical Certificate of Competency (face side)

Figure 1

Typical Certificate of Competency (reverse side)

Figure 2

Tower crane (horizontal jib type)

Figure 3

Tower crane (luffing jib type)

Figure 4

Derrick crane (guyed derrick type)

Figure 5

Derrick crane (stiff-leg derrick type)

Figure 6

Portal boom crane

Figure 7

Bridge crane

Figure 8

Gantry crane (semi-gantry type)

Figure 9

Vehicle loading crane

Figure 10

Calculating metre tonnes for vehicle loading cranes

Figure 11

Non-slewing mobile crane (articulated type)

Figure 12

Slewing mobile crane (rough terrain, hydraulic boom type)

Figure 13

Slewing mobile crane (truck-mounted, hydraulic boom type)

Figure 14

Slewing mobile crane (track-mounted, lattice boom type)

Figure 15

Boom-type elevating work platform

Figure 16

Measuring boom length for elevating work platforms

Figure 17

Cantilever platform materials hoist (barrow hoist)

Figure 18

Personnel and materials hoist

Figure 19

Concrete placing boom (truck-mounted type)

Figure 20

PREFACE
This booklet helps you to understand the legal requirements for crane and
hoist operation.
There are Regulations made under the Occupational Health and Safety Act
1985 for the certification of people who operate or use high-risk plant in
Victorian workplaces. They introduce nationally uniform requirements and
certificate classes for the operation of certain types of cranes and hoists.
The Regulations are called the Occupational Health and Safety (Certification
of Plant Users and Operators) Regulations 1994. They replace the
certification requirements previously in force under the Lifts and Cranes Act
1967, the Boilers and Pressure Vessels Act 1970 and the Scaffolding Act 1971.
The Regulations also cover scaffolding, rigging and dogging work, and the
operation of forklift trucks and pressure equipment. There are What you
need to know about certificates of competency booklets explaining the
requirements for the following:
scaffolding, rigging, dogging
forklift truck operation
pressure equipment operation

INTRODUCTION
The Victorian WorkCover Authority (WorkCover) is committed to maintaining
high standards of occupational health and safety. It recognises that the
potential risks involved in the operation of certain types of cranes and hoists
need to be controlled by establishing and enforcing minimum competency
standards for operators.
The certification system operating in Victoria provides employers, employees
and the community with an assurance that certificate holders have been
assessed as having the necessary knowledge and core skills to carry out this
work in a safe manner.

WHEN

IS A CERTIFICATE NEEDED?

You must hold a Certificate of Competency to operate any of the cranes or


hoists defined in the following list, unless you are working under the direct
supervision of a competent person (someone with a Certificate of
Competency or equivalent qualification).

Figure 1.

A typical Certificate of
Competency (face side)

Figure 2.

A typical Certificate of
Competency (reverse side)

(a) A tower crane is a powered jib crane or boom crane mounted on a


tower structure. It can be demountable or permanent and includes both
horizontal and luffing jib types.

Figure 3.

A tower crane
(horizontal jib type)

Figure 4.

A tower crane (luffing jib type)

(b) A derrick crane is a powered slewing strut-boom crane with its boom
pivoted at the base of the mast. The mast can be either guyed (guy derrick)
or held by backstays (stiff-leg derrick) and is capable of luffing under load.

Figure 3.

A derrick crane (guyed derrick)

Figure 6.

A derrick crane (stiff-leg derrick)

(c) A portal boom crane is a powered boom crane or jib crane mounted on
a portal frame. The frame is supported on runways along which the crane
can travel.

Figure 7.

A portal boom crane

(d) A bridge crane is a powered crane comprising of a bridge beam


mounted at each end to a carriage. The carriage is capable of travelling
along elevated runways. It can have one or more hoisting mechanisms
arranged to traverse the bridge.
For both bridge and gantry crane types, a certificate is not needed if the
operation is controlled from a location remote to a cabin/control station
(such as pendant control), provided the crane has 3 or less powered
motions. Hoist raise and lower are considered one operation.

Figure 8.

A bridge crane

(e) A gantry crane is a powered crane comprising a bridge beam supported


at each end by legs mounted on end carriages. The carriage is capable of
travelling on supporting surfaces or deck levels (either fixed or not). It has a
crab with one or more hoisting units arranged to traverse the bridge.

Figure 9.

A gantry crane (semi-gantry type)

(f) A vehicle loading crane is a powered slewing crane mounted on a


vehicle for the principle purpose of loading and unloading the vehicle. A
certificate is not needed where the cranes capacity is less than 10
metre tonnes.

Figure 10. Vehicle loading crane

Figure 11. Calculating metre tonnes for vehicle


loading cranes

(g) A non-slewing mobile crane is a powered mobile crane incorporating


a boom or jib that is not capable of being slewed. This includes an
articulated type mobile crane and a locomotive crane. It also includes a
mobile multi-function unit capable of being operated as a non-slewing
crane, but excludes a crane engaged in vehicle tow truck operations. A
certificate is not needed where the cranes capacity is 3 tonnes or less.

Figure 12. A non-slewing mobile crane


(articulated type)

(h) A slewing mobile crane is a powered mobile crane incorporating a


boom or jib that is capable of being slewed. It excludes a front-end loader, a
backhoe, an excavator or similar equipment when configured for crane
operation.

Figure 13. A slewing mobile crane (rough terrain,


hudraulic boom type)

Figure 14. A slewing mobile crane


(truck-mounted, hydraulic boom type)

Figure 8.

A slewing mobile crane


(track-mounted, lattice boom type)

(i) A boom type elevating work platform is a powered telescoping,


hinged or articulated device (or any combination of these) used to support a
platform for elevating personnel, equipment and materials to perform work.
A certificate is not needed where the maximum boom length is less
than 11 metres.

Figure 16. Boom type elevating work platform

Figure 17. Measuring boom length for elevating


work platform

(j) A materials platform hoist is a powered builders hoist for elevating


goods or materials but not personnel. The car, bucket or platform is
cantilevered from, and travels up and down externally to a face of the
support structure.

Figure 18. Cantilever platform materials hoist


(barrow hoist)

(k) A personnel and materials hoist is a powered builders hoist for


elevating personnel, goods or materials. It is comprised of a car, structure,
machinery or other equipment associated with the hoist, and may be either
a cantilever hoist, a tower hoist or a multiple winch operation.

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Figure 19. Personnel & materials hoist

(l) A concrete placing boom is a powered mobile truck mounted plant


incorporating a knuckle boom. It is capable of power-operated slewing and
luffing to place concrete by way of pumping through a pipeline attached to,
or forming part of, the boom of the plant.

Figure 20. Concrete placing boom


(truck mounted type)

A Certificate of Competency is not required to operate other types of cranes


or hoists, such as non-powered cranes, pillar cranes, charging cranes, wall
mounted cranes, pile drivers, drilling and boring rigs, vehicle tow trucks,
straddle carriers, scissor hoists, drainers hoists, vehicle hoists, scaffolding
hoists, building maintenance units, winches, chain blocks, chain pullers, gin
wheels, jumpforms, slipforms, conveyors or mast-climbing work platforms.
Integral operation of a crane or hoist during setting up or dismantling may
also be carried out by the holder of an appropriate rigging certificate.
Maintaining, servicing and repairing cranes and hoists are not considered to
be crane or hoist operation.

WHO

ISSUES CERTIFICATES OF COMPETENCY?

WorkCover is the Government agency responsible for issuing certificates of


competency for crane and hoist operation within Victoria. Locations and
telephone numbers for WorkCover offices can be found in Appendix C.
All other Australian states and territories also have agencies that issue
certificates for crane and hoist operation. The names and central locations
of interstate authorities can be found in Appendix C.

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WHAT

ARE THE NATIONAL CERTIFICATE CLASSES?

Certificates of competency now issued in Victoria cover nationally uniform


certificate classes. There are 14 certificate classes for crane and hoist
operation. These classes are:
CT: tower crane operation, covering the operation of all tower cranes;
CD: derrick crane operation, covering the operation of all derrick cranes;
CP: portal boom crane operation, covering the operation of all portal
boom cranes;
CB: bridge and gantry crane operation, covering the operation of all
bridge cranes and all gantry cranes;
CV: vehicle loading crane operation, covering the operation of all vehicle
loading cranes;
CN: non-slewing mobile crane operation, covering the operation of all
non-slewing mobile cranes;
C2: slewing mobile crane operation (up to 20 tonnes), covering the
operation of all slewing mobile cranes with a capacity of 20 tonnes or less.
This certificate class also covers the operation of all vehicle loading cranes
and all non-slewing mobile cranes;
C6: slewing mobile crane operation (up to 60 tonnes), covering the
operation of all slewing mobile cranes with a capacity of 60 tonnes or less.
This certificate class also covers the operation of all vehicle loading cranes
and all non-slewing mobile cranes;
C1: slewing mobile crane operation (up to 100 tonnes), covering the
operation of all slewing mobile cranes with a capacity of 100 tonnes or less.
This certificate class also covers the operation of all vehicle loading cranes
and all non-slewing mobile cranes;
C0: slewing mobile crane operation (open/over 100 tonnes), covering
the operation of slewing mobile cranes with any capacity. This certificate
class also covers the operation of all vehicle loading cranes and all nonslewing mobile cranes;
WP: boom-type elevating work platform operation, covering the
operation of all boom-type elevating work platforms;
HM: materials hoist (cantilever platform) operation, covering the
operation of all cantilever materials platform hoists;
HP: hoist (personnel and materials) operation, covering the operation of
all personnel and materials hoists. This certificate class also covers all
cantilever materials platform hoists;

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PB: concrete placing boom operation, covering the operation of all


concrete placing booms.

WHICH

WORK HAS DUAL COVERAGE?

The national certificate classes are based on the knowledge and skills
necessary to safely perform specific work. Competence in operating
complex types of cranes or hoists is recognised as confirming an operators
ability to operate less complex types of cranes or hoists with similar
features. This is why some certificate classes automatically cover the
certificate holder for work within other certificate classes. These classes are
as follows:
operation of vehicle loading cranes is covered by the vehicle
loading crane operation certificate class (CV) and any of the slewing
mobile crane operation certificate classes C2, C6, C1 and C0;
operation of non-slewing mobile cranes is covered by the nonslewing mobile crane certificate class (CN) and any of the slewing
mobile crane certificate classes C2, C6, C1 and C0;
operation of slewing mobile cranes (up to 20 tonnes) is covered by
any of the slewing mobile crane certificate classes C2, C6, C1 and C0;
operation of slewing mobile cranes (greater than 20 tonnes, up
to 60 tonnes) is covered by slewing mobile crane certificate classes
C6, C1 and C0;
operation of slewing mobile cranes (greater than 60 tonnes, up
to 100 tonnes) is covered by slewing mobile crane certificate classes
C1 and C0; and
operation of cantilever platform materials hoists is covered by
the materials hoist (cantilever platform) certificate class (HM) and the
hoist (personnel and materials) certificate class (HP).

WHAT

IS NEEDED TO GAIN A CERTIFICATE OF COMPETENCY?

To gain a Certificate of Competency you must:


be at least 18 years of age (unless exempted by WorkCover);
truthfully complete the application form;
provide documentary evidence of competence; and
pay the set fee.
Application forms and fee details are available from WorkCover offices listed
in Appendix C.

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WHAT

IS DOCUMENTARY EVIDENCE OF COMPETENCE?

Documentary evidence of competence is:


a Notice of Satisfactory Assessment issued by an authorised
certificate assessor; or
previous Victorian or interstate certificates equivalent to the national
certificate class(es) you wish to obtain.

HOW

CAN A

NOTICE

OF

ASSESSMENT

BE OBTAINED?

You or your employer can contact an authorised certificate assessor


registered with WorkCover or an interstate certifying authority. A list of
currently registered Victorian assessors is available upon request from
WorkCover offices listed in Appendix C.
The certificate assessor will require you to:
truthfully complete an application for assessment;
show evidence of your identity (such as a drivers licence or passport);
show evidence that you are at least 18 years of age (such as a drivers
licence, passport or birth certificate) or show evidence that you have
been exempted by WorkCover from the age requirement; and
show documentary evidence of any relevant experience, previous
assessments, training, certificates or qualifications.
If your application for assessment is accepted, the certificate assessor will
make arrangements with you for an assessment to be carried out at a suitable
location and will inform you (or your employer) of the costs involved.

WHAT

HAPPENS DURING AN ASSESSMENT?

The extent of assessment needed will depend upon the certificate class you
wish to gain and your level of recognised prior learning.
As a general rule, the 3 parts to an assessment are:
performance assessment: this helps the certificate assessor decide if you
have the necessary familiarity with the crane or hoist, sufficient
understanding of the operational procedures and the physical ability, coordination and dexterity to safely operate the equipment.
oral/written assessment: this helps the certificate assessor decide if you have
adequate general knowledge of the work and the hazards associated with the work.
written assignment: this helps the certificate assessor decide if you have
the necessary understanding, mathematical ability and English literacy to
safely carry out the work.
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For the elevating work platform and concrete placing boom certificate
classes, there are no separate written assignments.

WHAT

HAPPENS AFTER AN ASSESSMENT?

After an assessment, the certificate assessor will give you an Assessment


Summary that will report on your competency. If you failed part of the
assessment, it will also note those areas where you are not yet competent.
If you have achieved overall competence, the certificate assessor will give
you an original and duplicate Notice of Satisfactory Assessment. This
immediately allows you to operate the relevant types of cranes or hoists
without direct supervision for up to 60 days while you apply to WorkCover
for your Certificate of Competency. Providing you lodge your certificate
application, together with the original Notice of Satisfactory Assessment
and the set fee within the 60 days, you may continue to work using the
duplicate Notice of Satisfactory Assessment until you receive your
certificate, or until you are otherwise notified.
If you failed to achieve overall competence, you cannot be reassessed by a
certificate assessor for at least 3 weeks. This is to allow you sufficient time
to get extra training or experience under direct supervision. The assessor
will advise you on what needs to be improved and where to get help.
When you apply for reassessment, provided your previous Assessment
Summary was issued within the last 6 months, the certificate assessor may
credit all the parts of your previous assessment where you were judged as
competent. You may only require reassessment in those parts you
previously failed.
If you believe the certificate assessor has treated you unfairly, you may
appeal against the assessment result.

WHAT

DO

HAVE TO DO WITH THE CERTIFICATE ?

Once you have received your Certificate of Competency you must:


sign it immediately with your usual signature; and
show it upon request to your employer, your health and safety
representative or WorkCover field officer.
A field officer can order you to make your usual signature for comparison
with the signature on your certificate (to verify your identity).
You should notify WorkCover in writing if:
you change your permanent address; or
your certificate is lost, stolen or destroyed.

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ARE NATIONAL
AUSTRALIA?

CERTIFICATES RECOGNISED THROUGHOUT

Nationally uniform certificates of competency issued by WorkCover are


automatically recognised throughout Australia. You do not have to change
your certificate over if you are working interstate.
If you hold a nationally uniform certificate issued by an interstate certifying
authority, you can automatically work in Victoria. If you become a
permanent Victorian resident, you may apply to WorkCover Victoria for your
certificate records to be transferred to Victoria.

ARE

OLD CERTIFICATES STILL RECOGNISED?

Certificates previously issued in Victoria under the Lifts and Cranes Act 1967
continue to be recognised as valid within Victoria. Previous certificates
issued by interstate certifying authorities are also recognised in Victoria.
If you hold old certificates, you do not need to change over to a nationally
uniform certificate. But if you want a new certificate, you will be issued
one without further assessment provided your old certificates are fully
convertible. Application forms and fee details for conversion of old
certificates are available from WorkCover offices listed in Appendix C.
When you apply for conversion, you will need to produce all your original
old certificates, including any original old interstate certificates. These will
be returned to you once WorkCover has examined them. If your application
for conversion is accepted, your old certificates will be stamped to indicate
that an equivalent nationally uniform certificate has been issued, and a hole
punched in the top left hand corner.
The status of old Victorian certificates may vary from state to state. If you
hold an old Victorian certificate and are intending to work interstate, check
its acceptability with the local interstate certifying authority. Telephone
numbers are given in Appendix C.

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WHICH

OLD CERTIFICATES ARE FULLY CONVERTIBLE TO

NATIONAL CERTIFICATES?

The following table lists the old Victorian endorsement codes used after
1988 that can be converted to nationally uniform certificate classes without
further assessment.

NATIONAL
CERTIFICATE CLASS

EQUIVALENT OLD
VICTORIAN ENDORSEMENT

CT: Tower crane

1A1 or 1A2

CD: Derrick crane

1B

CP: Portal boom crane

2A

CB: Bridge and gantry crane

2B2 or 2B3

CV: Vehicle loading crane

3A1 or 3A2

CN: Non-slewing mobile crane

3B

C2: Slewing mobile crane (up to 20 t)

3C1 or 3D1

C6: Slewing mobile crane (up to 60 t)

3C2 or 3D2

C1: Slewing mobile crane (up to 100 t)

3C2 or 3D2

C0: Slewing mobile crane (open/over 100 t)

3C3 or 3D3

WP: Boom-type elevating work platform

NIL

HM: Materials hoist (cantilever platform)

4A1 or 4A2

HP: Hoist (personnel and materials)

4A3

PB: Concrete placing boom

9A

Information on changeover to nationally uniform certificates of pre-1988


Victorian crane drivers certificates (commonly known as blue books) and
old interstate certificates is available upon request from WorkCover offices.

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WHAT

CAN AN EMPLOYER EXPECT FROM A CERTIFICATE HOLDER?

If you hold a Certificate of Competency, your employer has a right to expect


that you can safely operate the types of cranes or hoists covered by the
certificate without direct supervision.
However, your employer must make sure that you are given adequate general
supervision and are provided with the operators manual for the crane or hoist
you are operating. Your employer should ensure that you are familiar with the
particular make and model you will be operating and with any site-specific
operating procedures. It is also your employers responsibility to ensure that you
have been properly instructed in the safe use of any specific or purposedesigned attachments that you are required to use with the crane or hoist.
As a certificate holder, you may be required to carry out regular inspections,
checks and tests of the crane or hoist and may be asked to maintain a service
logbook.
Your employer may ask you to provide on-the-job assistance and supervision for
trainee crane or hoist operators. If you are authorised by your employer to do
this, you are assisting your employer to carry out his or her legal duty. This duty
is to make sure trainees receive adequate directions, training and monitoring.
Make sure that you are able to properly supervise the trainees work and to take
immediate action to fix any dangerous situation.
Do not supervise trainees unless your employer has specifically authorised you
to perform this task.

WHAT

SHOULD YOU EXPECT FROM YOUR EMPLOYER?

Your employer has a number of duties under the Occupational Health and
Safety Act 1985 and the Occupational Health and Safety (Plant)
Regulations 1995 made under the Act. These duties are to maintain a
workplace that is healthy and safe and to protect your health and safety.
Your employer has a legal duty to:
provide the site-specific induction or training necessary for you to
carry out your work safely on the site;
make sure the crane or hoist that you are operating complies with
regulatory requirements and is maintained in a serviceable condition;
make sure you have enough equipment to carry out your work safely,
this includes personal protective equipment in good repair;
monitor your health (where necessary) to make sure that you can
continue to work safely; and
show you drawings, operational manuals, data sheets, inspection
reports, test certificates or other information necessary for you to
carry out your work safely.
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CAN

PEOPLE WITHOUT CERTIFICATES OPERATE CRANES AND

HOISTS?

People need practical experience so they can learn how to operate cranes
and hoists safely. The best way to learn is on-the-job, under the instruction
of experienced operators.
Uncertificated trainees are allowed to operate cranes and hoists provided
they are under direct supervision. The person directly supervising them
must hold the necessary certificate or have equivalent qualifications. Direct
supervision generally means the trainee is within sight and hearing of the
person supervising the work.

HOW

CAN LOGBOOKS BE USED?

It is a good idea for trainees to record their practical experience in a logbook


and have each entry signed by the person supervising the work.
A properly maintained training logbook may assist you when you are ready
to be assessed for a certificate. It can also provide a valuable work reference.
If your employer or union has not provided you with a training logbook, you
can use a copy of the sample provided in Appendix A.
Although a training logbook is not compulsory in Victoria, it is compulsory
in some states. Trainees intending to work interstate would be wise to
maintain a logbook. If in doubt, check with the appropriate interstate
certifying authority. Telephone numbers are given in Appendix C.

DO

TRAINEES HAVE TO ATTEND TRAINING COURSES?

No, you do not have to attend a training course to qualify for a certificate
and can apply to a certificate assessor for an assessment as soon as you
think you are ready. However, attending a training course in crane or hoist
operation is a very good idea. It will help you to learn what you need to
know and should make it easier for you to pass a certificate assessment.
If you have difficulty with English or basic mathematics, you may need
special training before applying for a certificate assessment.

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WHAT ARE THE SKILLS AND KNOWLEDGE NEEDED TO PASS AN


ASSESSMENT?
You must have a combination of background knowledge, problem-solving
ability and practical skills to pass a certificate assessment. The following is a
summary of what you need to know.
General requirements for any crane or hoist certificate class you must correctly:
carry out all necessary pre-operational checks;
prepare a safe operational plan to deal with typical hazards and
control the risks arising from those hazards;
set-up the crane or hoist;
understand and interpret load charts and data plates;
operate the crane or hoist under actual or simulated working
conditions; and
shut down and secure the crane or hoist.
Additional requirements for crane certificates for any crane certificate
class you must correctly:
respond to hand and whistle signals for load movement;
calculate the safe working loads of slings in various configurations;
inspect lifting gear for defects;
assess the weight of loads; and
understand the use of various items of lifting gear.
Additional requirements for hoist certificates for the cantilever
platform materials hoist and the personnel and materials hoist certificate
classes you must correctly:
understand hoist operation signals;
inspect flexible steel wire ropes and sheaves for defects; and
assess the weight of loads.
Additional requirements for the concrete placing boom certificate
for this certificate class you must correctly:
respond to hand and whistle signals for boom movement and pump
operation;
prime and place delivery lines; and
clean delivery lines.

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Additional requirements for the boom type elevating work platform


certificate for this certificate class you must also be able to inspect, fit
and correctly attach a safety harness.

CAN

CERTIFICATES BE CANCELLED OR SUSPENDED?

Yes, your certificate can be cancelled or suspended if:


you are found to no longer be competent to safely operate cranes or
hoists of the types covered by your certificate; or
you are convicted of an offence related to work covered by the
certificate; or
you gained your certificate on the basis of false or misleading
information.
Victorian certificates can be cancelled or suspended by WorkCover. They
may also be cancelled or suspended on advice received by WorkCover from
an interstate certifying authority. Cancelled or suspended Victorian
certificates must be surrendered to WorkCover within 14 days.
Certificates issued by interstate certifying authorities may be cancelled or
suspended on advice given to those authorities by WorkCover.
Before any of these things happen, you will be sent written notice and
invited to present your explanation of the situation. If a decision is taken
to suspend or cancel your certificate, you have the right of appeal.

CAN

EXEMPTIONS TO THE

REGULATIONS

BE GIVEN?

WorkCover has the power to exempt a person or a group of persons, from


the need to hold a certificate of competency for all, or part of, the work
normally requiring a certificate. These exemptions are made in writing and
are only granted if WorkCover is satisfied that it will not increase the risks
to health and safety.
Anyone can apply to WorkCover to be exempted from the need to hold a
certificate or to be exempted from the need to be at least 18 years of age
to gain a certificate. Application should be made through WorkCover and
exemption forms are available from WorkCover offices listed in Appendix C.
A set fee is charged by WorkCover to consider an application for exemption.
WorkCover can also revoke any exemptions granted.

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WHAT

RIGHTS OF APPEAL ARE AVAILABLE?

You may appeal to WorkCover against a decision of a registered certificate


assessor. Your application for appeal must be lodged within 14 days of the
date you received the certificate assessors written notice. Application
forms are available from the certificate assessor or from WorkCover offices
listed in Appendix C.
You may appeal to the Victorian Governments Victorian Civil and
Administrative Tribunal. You can appeal if WorkCover:
refuses to grant you a certificate;
refuses to replace your certificate;
cancels or suspends your certificate; or
recommends the suspension or cancellation of your interstate
certificate to an interstate certifying authority.
Your application for appeal must be lodged within 14 days of the date you
received written notice. Application forms are available from WorkCover
offices listed in Appendix C.

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CONCLUDING REMARKS
Your Certificate of Competency means that your employer, your fellow
workers and the general public can feel confident that you are capable of
operating cranes or hoists in a range of normal working environments
without endangering yourself or the health and safety of others.
Gaining your Certificate of Competency is the first important step in
developing your skills and expertise. Further improvement of your
knowledge and skills will depend upon the range of available opportunities
and the challenges you are prepared to accept.

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APPENDIX A

TRAINING LOGBOOK FOR


CRANE AND HOIST OPERATION

TRAINEE
Name _______________________________________________________________
Address ______________________________________________________________
__________________________________________ Postcode __________________
Date of birth _______________________ Telephone _________________________
Signature ____________________________________________________________

EMPLOYER(S)
Name _______________________________________________________________
Address ______________________________________________________________
__________________________________________ Postcode __________________
Telephone _____________________________________________________________
Name _______________________________________________________________
Address ______________________________________________________________
__________________________________________ Postcode __________________
Telephone _____________________________________________________________
Name _______________________________________________________________
Address ______________________________________________________________
__________________________________________ Postcode __________________
Telephone _____________________________________________________________
Name _______________________________________________________________
Address ______________________________________________________________
__________________________________________ Postcode __________________

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Telephone _____________________________________________________________

DIRECT SUPERVISOR(S)
This covers all persons authorised by your employer to directly oversee your
work, such as leading hands.
Name _______________________________________________________________
Certificate no. or qualifications ____________________________________________
State of issue _________________________________________________________
Signature ____________________________________________________________
Name _______________________________________________________________
Certificate no. or qualifications ____________________________________________
State of issue _________________________________________________________
Signature ____________________________________________________________
Name _______________________________________________________________
Certificate no. or qualifications ____________________________________________
State of issue _________________________________________________________
Signature ____________________________________________________________
Name _______________________________________________________________
Certificate no. or qualifications ____________________________________________
State of issue _________________________________________________________
Signature ____________________________________________________________
Name _______________________________________________________________
Certificate no. or qualifications ____________________________________________
State of issue _________________________________________________________
Signature ____________________________________________________________

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Note: The following abbreviations can be used to indicate type of crane or hoist:
CT: Tower
CD: Derrick crane
CB: Bridge or gantry crane
CV: Vehicle loading crane
C2: Slewing mobile crane up to 20t
C6: Slewing mobile crane up to 60t
C0: Slewing mobile crane over 100t
WP: Boom-type elevating work platform
HP: Personnel and materials hoist
PB: Concrete placing boom

CP:
CN:
C1:
HM:

Portal boom crame


Non-slewing mobile crane
Slewing mobile crane up to 100t
Cantilever platform materials hoist

Date ________________________________________________________________
Type of crane or hoist ____________________________________________________
Direct supervisors name _________________________________________________
Direct supervisors signature ______________________________________________
Date ________________________________________________________________
Type of crane or hoist ____________________________________________________
Direct supervisors name _________________________________________________
Direct supervisors signature ______________________________________________
Date ________________________________________________________________
Type of crane or hoist ____________________________________________________
Direct supervisors name _________________________________________________
Direct supervisors signature ______________________________________________
Date ________________________________________________________________
Type of crane or hoist ____________________________________________________
Direct supervisors name _________________________________________________
Direct supervisors signature ______________________________________________
Date ________________________________________________________________
Type of crane or hoist ____________________________________________________
Direct supervisors name _________________________________________________
Direct supervisors signature ______________________________________________

TRAINEES SIGNATURE ___________________________________________________

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Note: The following abbreviations can be used to indicate type of crane or hoist:
CT: Tower
CD: Derrick crane
CB: Bridge or gantry crane
CV: Vehicle loading crane
C2: Slewing mobile crane up to 20t
C6: Slewing mobile crane up to 60t
C0: Slewing mobile crane over 100t
WP: Boom-type elevating work platform
HP: Personnel and materials hoist
PB: Concrete placing boom

CP:
CN:
C1:
HM:

Portal boom crame


Non-slewing mobile crane
Slewing mobile crane up to 100t
Cantilever platform materials hoist

Date ________________________________________________________________
Type of crane or hoist ____________________________________________________
Direct supervisors name _________________________________________________
Direct supervisors signature ______________________________________________
Date ________________________________________________________________
Type of crane or hoist ____________________________________________________
Direct supervisors name _________________________________________________
Direct supervisors signature ______________________________________________
Date ________________________________________________________________
Type of crane or hoist ____________________________________________________
Direct supervisors name _________________________________________________
Direct supervisors signature ______________________________________________
Date ________________________________________________________________
Type of crane or hoist ____________________________________________________
Direct supervisors name _________________________________________________
Direct supervisors signature ______________________________________________
Date ________________________________________________________________
Type of crane or hoist ____________________________________________________
Direct supervisors name _________________________________________________
Direct supervisors signature ______________________________________________

TRAINEES SIGNATURE ___________________________________________________

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Note: The following abbreviations can be used to indicate type of crane or hoist:
CT: Tower
CD: Derrick crane
CB: Bridge or gantry crane
CV: Vehicle loading crane
C2: Slewing mobile crane up to 20t
C6: Slewing mobile crane up to 60t
C0: Slewing mobile crane over 100t
WP: Boom-type elevating work platform
HP: Personnel and materials hoist
PB: Concrete placing boom

CP:
CN:
C1:
HM:

Portal boom crame


Non-slewing mobile crane
Slewing mobile crane up to 100t
Cantilever platform materials hoist

Date ________________________________________________________________
Type of crane or hoist ____________________________________________________
Direct supervisors name _________________________________________________
Direct supervisors signature ______________________________________________
Date ________________________________________________________________
Type of crane or hoist ____________________________________________________
Direct supervisors name _________________________________________________
Direct supervisors signature ______________________________________________
Date ________________________________________________________________
Type of crane or hoist ____________________________________________________
Direct supervisors name _________________________________________________
Direct supervisors signature ______________________________________________
Date ________________________________________________________________
Type of crane or hoist ____________________________________________________
Direct supervisors name _________________________________________________
Direct supervisors signature ______________________________________________
Date ________________________________________________________________
Type of crane or hoist ____________________________________________________
Direct supervisors name _________________________________________________
Direct supervisors signature ______________________________________________

TRAINEES SIGNATURE ___________________________________________________

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Note: The following abbreviations can be used to indicate type of crane or hoist:
CT: Tower
CD: Derrick crane
CB: Bridge or gantry crane
CV: Vehicle loading crane
C2: Slewing mobile crane up to 20t
C6: Slewing mobile crane up to 60t
C0: Slewing mobile crane over 100t
WP: Boom-type elevating work platform
HP: Personnel and materials hoist
PB: Concrete placing boom

CP:
CN:
C1:
HM:

Portal boom crame


Non-slewing mobile crane
Slewing mobile crane up to 100t
Cantilever platform materials hoist

Date ________________________________________________________________
Type of crane or hoist ____________________________________________________
Direct supervisors name _________________________________________________
Direct supervisors signature ______________________________________________
Date ________________________________________________________________
Type of crane or hoist ____________________________________________________
Direct supervisors name _________________________________________________
Direct supervisors signature ______________________________________________
Date ________________________________________________________________
Type of crane or hoist ____________________________________________________
Direct supervisors name _________________________________________________
Direct supervisors signature ______________________________________________
Date ________________________________________________________________
Type of crane or hoist ____________________________________________________
Direct supervisors name _________________________________________________
Direct supervisors signature ______________________________________________
Date ________________________________________________________________
Type of crane or hoist ____________________________________________________
Direct supervisors name _________________________________________________
Direct supervisors signature ______________________________________________

TRAINEES SIGNATURE ___________________________________________________

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APPENDIX B

FURTHER INFORMATION

If you want to learn more about crane and hoist operation, the following
publications may be useful:
WorkCover Competency Guides
A guide to rigging
A guide to dogging
A guide to bridge and gantry crane operation
A guide to hoist operation
WorkCover publications are available from the offices listed in Appendix C.
Australian Standards
Australian Standards may be purchased from:
Standards Australia
19-25 Raglan Street
South Melbourne, Vic 3205
Telephone: 9693 3500
Copies of the Occupational Health and Safety Act 1985 and the
Occupational Health and Safety (Certification of Plant Users and Operators)
Regulations 1994 can be purchased from:
Information Victoria
356 Collins Street
Melbourne, Vic 3000
Telephone: 1300 366 356

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APPENDIX C

WORKCOVER OFFICES

WorkCover is responsible for Victorias health and safety and workers


compensation services. These include:
emergency response services
advice, information and education
inspections and audits
licensing and certification
publications
For any of these services, ring the location nearest you. For individual claim
or premium enquiries please contact your nearest WorkCover insurer.

CITY OFFICES
Level 24, 222 Exhibition Street,
Melbourne, Vic 3000
GPO Box 4306, Melbourne, Vic 3001
Tel (03) 9641 1555
Fax (03) 9641 1399
Toll free 1800 136 089

LOCAL

World Trade Centre


Level 1, Corner Flinders &
Spencer Streets
Melbourne, Vic 3005
Tel (03) 9628 8115
Fax (03) 9628 8199

OFFICES

Melbourne

Tel: (03) 9628 8115

Mildura

Tel: (03) 5021 4001

Mulgrave

Tel: (03) 9565 9444

Sale

Tel: (03) 5144 2598

Preston

Tel: (03) 9485 4555

Shepparton

Tel: (03) 5831 8260

Ballarat

Tel: (03) 5337 1400

Traralgon

Tel: (03) 5174 8900

Bendigo

Tel: (03) 5443 8866

Wangaratta

Tel: (03) 5721 8588

Geelong

Tel: (03) 5223 2300

Warrnambool

Tel: (03) 5562 5600

WEBSITE

EMAIL

www.workcover.vic.gov.au

info@workcover.vic.gov.au

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APPENDIX C

INTERSTATE CERTIFYING
AUTHORITIES

AUSTRALIAN CAPITAL TERRITORY


ACT WorkCover
Tel: (02) 6205 0200

NEW SOUTH WALES


WorkCover NSW
Tel: 13 10 50

NORTHERN TERRITORY
Work Health Authority
Tel: (08) 8999 5010

QUEENSLAND
Department of Employment Training and Industrial Relations
Division of Workplace Health and Safety
Tel: 1800 177 717

SOUTH AUSTRALIA
Department of Administration and Information Services
Tel: (08) 8303 0400

TASMANIA
Workplace Standards Authority
Tel: (03) 6233 8333

WESTERN AUSTRALIA
WorkSafe Western Australia
Tel: (08) 9327 8777

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