Before you can apply for a national licence to perform high risk work to operate any of the cranes listed below, a Registered Training Organisation (RTO) must assess your training, skills and knowledge using the relevant 'assessment instrument’ under realistic workplace conditions.
Bridge and gantry cranes (CB)
Covers the operation of bridge and gantry cranes controlled from a permanent cabin or control station on the crane and those which are remote controlled having more than three powered operations (hoist, raise and lower equals one operation), including the application of load estimation and slinging techniques to move a load.
Derrick crane (CD)
Covers the operation of a slewing strut-boom crane with its boom pivoted at the base of a mast which is either guyed (guy-derrick) or held by backstays (stiff-legged derrick) and which is capable of luffing under load.
Non slewing mobile cranes greater than three tonnes capacity (CN)
Covers the operation of a mobile crane of greater than 3 tonnes capacity that incorporates a boom or jib which includes articulated type mobile cranes and locomotive cranes, but does not include vehicle tow trucks.
Portal boom crane (CP)
Covers the operation of a boom crane or jib crane mounted on a portal frame, which is supported on runways along which the crane travels.
Self erecting tower crane (CS)
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.
Slewing mobile cranes (C2, C6, C1, C0)
A slewing mobile crane means a mobile crane incorporating a boom jib, which is capable of being slewed. This excludes front end loader, backhoe, excavator and other earthmoving equipment when configured for crane operation. There are four classes of slewing mobile cranes:
- slewing mobile cranes with a capacity up to 20 tonnes (C2)
- slewing mobile cranes with a capacity up to 60 tonnes (C6)
- slewing mobile cranes with a capacity up to 100 tonnes (C1)
- slewing mobile cranes with a capacity over 100 tonnes capacity (C0).
Note: the certificate C0 covers the requirements C1; the C1 certificate covers the requirements for C6; the C6 certificate covers the requirements for C2 and C2 covers the requirements for non-slewing mobile cranes and vehicle loading cranes.
Tower cranes (CT)
Covers the operation of a jib or boom crane mounted on a tower structure, demountable or permanent, including both horizontal and luffing jib types.
Vehicle loading crane (CV)
Covers the operation of a crane with a capacity of 10 metre tonnes or more, mounted on a vehicle to move a load onto or from the vehicle, including the application of load estimation and slinging techniques to move a load.
Note: the load charts for the written crane assessments are in A3 size. If you are unable to print the charts please contact WorkCover on 13 10 50.
To get a crane licence you need to be trained and assessed by a Registered training organisations (RTOs) approved by WorkCover. After you have been assessed, you can apply for a High risk work licence.
Replacing a licence
Your crane licence can be replaced online or you can post an Application to replace a high risk work licence or general construction induction card form to WorkCover.
Renew a licence
We will mail a renewal form to you, two months before your licence is due to expire. You will need to complete the form and lodge it at an Australia Post Office. If you have not received your renewal notice or need any assistance, please contact your nearest WorkCover office or call 13 10 50.
Full details on the application requirements for a crane licence is on the High risk work licence page or call 13 10 50.