Elevated Work Platform Course (EWP Training)

NZQA 23966 Compulsory theory unit plus NZQA 23960 Scissor lift and Unit 23962 Self-propelled boom lift – $390 per trainee + GST

Quote from Worksafe NZ Mobile Elevated Work Platforms Best practice guidelines August 2014

An employer or principal who tells someone to use Mobile Elevated Work Platforms must make sure that the operator is adequately trained by a competent person and can demonstrate their competency before using any equipment.

The only means identified as demonstrated competency is through completing nationally recognised Elevated Work Platforms’ NZQA unit standards.

ACT Safety Ltd offers quality EWP training and assessment in these units.

Course overview:

This EWP course trains you to understand the relevant guidelines, regulations and Codes of Practice to safely assess and operate a Mobile Elevated Working Platform. It also includes a series of practical exercises where you will apply and test your knowledge of hazards, risk management and operational skills.

EWP Training purposes:

  • Demonstrating knowledge of legislative requirements in relation to Codes of practice and the use of EWP’s.
  • Hazard management- identifying assessing and controlling hazards.
  • Demonstrating knowledge of types of EWP’s, and their suitability for purpose
  • Emergency rescue plans and retrieval systems.
  • Safety features of EWP including pre-start checks, use of safety harness, reporting problems and incidents

NZQA EWP Training Unit Standards Included

NZQA 23966: Describing types of elevating work platforms (EWPs), and legislative requirements for their use 

Key learning outcomes of EWP training (23966)


  • Demonstrating knowledge of types of EWPs, their safety features, and suitability for purpose (range: scissor lift, truck mounted, self-propelled boom lift, trailer mounted, vertical lift)

  • Demonstrating knowledge of legislative requirements in relation to Code of Practice and the use of EWPs

NZQA 23961: Assessing the worksite, operating, and preparing a truck-mounted elevating work platform (EWP)

Key learning outcomes (NZQA 23961)


  • Assessing the worksite and preparing to use a truck-mounted mounted EWP

  • Carrying out operations in a workplace environment, and shutting down, and reporting faults, the truck-mounted mounted EWP

NZQA 23962: Assessing the worksite, preparing and operating a self-propelled boom lift elevating work platform (EWP)

Key learning outcomes of EWP training (23962)


  • Assessing the worksite, and preparing to use a self-propelled boom lift EWP.

  • Carrying out operations in a workplace environment, shutting down and reporting faults the self-propelled boom lift EWP.

NZQA 23963: Assessing the worksite, operating, and preparing a trailer-mounted elevating work platform (EWP) 

Key learning outcomes  (Unit 23963)


  • Assessing the worksite, and preparing to use a trailer-mounted EWP

  • Carrying out operations in a workplace environment, reporting faults, and shutting down the trailer mounted EWP.

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NZQA 23964: Assess the worksite, prepare and operate a trailer-mounted elevating work platform (EWP) 

Key learning outcomes of EWP training (Unit 23964)


  • Assessing the worksite, preparing and operating a vertical lift elevating work platform (EWP)

  • Carrying out operations in a workplace environment, reporting faults, and shutting down the vertical lift EWP.


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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTION

  • Knowledge of the relevant guidelines, regulations and codes of practice to safely assess and operate a Mobile Elevated Working Platform (EWP).
  • Hazard management-identifying assessing and controlling hazards.
  • Knowledge of types of EWP’s, and their suitability for purpose
  • Safety features of EWP including pre-start checks, use of safety harness, reporting problems and incidents
  • Emergency rescue plans and retrieval systems.
  • As well as a series of practical exercises where you will apply and test your knowledge.

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To get a EWP ticket, you or your company can enrol you to complete one of our EWP courses. Upon completion of the course, we send you or your company contact a competency report with a certificate and a wallet card
It’s different. EWP training covers knowledge and safety use of elevated work platform including scissor lift, truck mounted, self-propelled boom lift, etc while working at height training covers the using of safety harness for personal fall prevention, installing proprietary fall arrest systems, etc when you are working at height.

Work Safe NZ states in their Working at height mobile elevating work platforms document that operators need regular refresher training that covers the requirements as stated in sections 6.1 & 6.2. 

The length between training sessions should not exceed 3 years. 

You can learn more about this via the link below:

Worksafe NZ – MEWP Good Practice Guideline outlining requirements when working with mobile elevating work platforms

The following unit standards can be trained through us:

·         US.23966 – MEWP Legislative Requirements

(Required with all the below Practical Units)

·         US.23960 – Scissor Lift

·         US.23961 – Truck-Mounted Boom Lift

·         US.23962 – Vertical Self-Propelled Boom Lift

·         US.23963 – Trailer-Mounted Boom Lift (Cherry Picker)

·         US.23964 – Vertical Lift

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Yes, we provide working at heights/harness training. 

US. 23229 – Use a Safety Harness for personal fall prevention when working at height.

Below is the link to our Heights Safety Courses information where you can book yourself or a staff member on this training:

Height Safety Courses – ACT Safety Ltd


The Health & Safety at work Act 2015 (HSWA) shows that “Employees must be adequately trained in the safe use of equipment in the place of work”. Although licencing for EWP is not mandatory in New Zealand, machinery operator training is required by law.

EWP training costs $390 per training + GST. It includes unit 23966, 23960, and 23962 (compulsory theory unit, plus scissor lift, and self-propelled boom lift)

EWP Training at ACT Safety will cover scissor lift.

If you’re operating a large or small scissor lift, you need to complete specialised training and hold a valid licence.

Yes, if someone could fall from the EWP, then they need to use an appropriate harness system.  A harness need to be secured to a certified anchor point within the MEWP to help prevent falls. The harness system must be certified to meet the standard AS/NZ 1891.1: Industrial Fall-Arrest Systems and Devices – Harness and Ancillary Equipment.