High risk work classes listing

Forklift operation

LF Forklift Truck

The scope for this licence class covers the operation of forklift trucks.A forklift truck is a powered industrial truck equipped with a mast and an elevating load carriage to which is attached a pair of fork arms (that can be raised 900 mm or more above the ground) or other load holding attachment.

Forklift trucks are used to lift and transport materials and can be powered by electric motors or internal combustion engines running on petrol, diesel or LPG fuels.

This licence class includes the use of forklift trucks but does not include order-picking forklift trucks.

You do not require a licence if you are operating a pedestrian walk behind type forklift truck or pallet truck.

LO Order Picking Forklift Truck

The scope for this licence class covers the operation of order-picking forklift trucks.An order-picking forklift truck is a type of forklift truck where the operator's control is incorporated with the load carriage/lifting media and elevates with it.

Order-picking forklift trucks are generally referred to as "stockpickers", they can be fitted with a platform extension for use in furniture warehouses, or can be a turret truck in narrow aisle warehouses.

This licence does not cover the operation of non order-picking forklift trucks.

Dogging and rigging operation

DG Dogging

For the purposes of licensing, dogging is defined as applying slinging techniques, including selecting and/or inspecting lifting gear, or directing a crane or hoist operator in the movement of the load when the load is out of view of the operator.

Slinging techniques is the exercising of judgement in relation to the suitability and condition of lifting gear and the method of slinging, by considering the nature of the load, its mass and its centre of gravity.

You do not require a licence if you are slinging loads that don't involve slinging techniques.

You can carry out dogging work if you hold a basic, intermediate or advanced rigging licence.

RB Basic Rigging

For the purposes of licensing, rigging is defined as work involving the use of mechanical load shifting equipment and associated gear to move, place or secure a load including plant, equipment or members of a building or structure and to ensure the stability of those members. It also includes the setting up and dismantling of cranes and hoists.

A basic rigging licence encompasses the requirements for a dogging licence.

The scope of work for basic rigging includes:

  • dogging work
  • structural steel erection
  • particular hoists
  • placement of pre-cast concrete members of a structure
  • safety nets and static lines
  • mast climbing work platforms
  • perimeter safety screens and shutters
  • cantilevered crane loading platforms.

Basic rigging does not include:

  • rigging of cranes, conveyors, dredges and excavators
  • tilt slabs
  • all hoists with jibs and self-climbing hoists
  • demolition of structures or plant
  • dual lifts
  • rigging of gin poles and shear legs
  • flying foxes and cableways
  • guyed derricks and structures
  • suspended scaffolds and fabricated hung scaffolds.

It is a prerequisite that applicants for the basic rigging licence already hold or have previously passed assessment for a dogging licence or alternatively assessment for the applicants must incorporate the requirements for dogging assessments.

RI Intermediate rigging

It is a prerequisite that applicants for the intermediate rigging licence already hold or have previously passed assessment for a dogging and basic rigging licence. Alternatively, assessment for applicants for the intermediate licence must incorporate the requirements of dogging and basic rigging licence assessments.

The scope of work for intermediate rigging includes:

  • rigging work in the class basic rigging
  • hoists with jibs and self-climbing hoists
  • rigging of cranes, conveyors, dredges and excavators
  • tilt-slabs
  • demolition of structures or plant
  • dual lifts.

Intermediate rigging work does not include:

  • rigging of gin poles and shear legs
  • flying foxes and cableways
  • guyed derricks and structures
  • suspended scaffolds and fabricated hung scaffolds.

RA Advanced rigging

It is a prerequisite that applicants for the advanced rigging licence already hold or have previously passed assessment for a dogging, basic and intermediate rigging licence.

The scope of work for advanced rigging includes:

  • rigging work in the class intermediate rigging
  • rigging of gin poles and shear legs
  • flying foxes and cableways
  • guyed derricks and structures
  • suspended scaffolds and fabricated hung scaffolds

Scaffolding operation

For the purpose of licensing, scaffolding work means erecting, altering or dismantling a temporary structure that is or has been erected to support a platform and from which a person or object could fall more than 4 metres from the platform or the structure.

SB Basic scaffolding

The scope of work for a basic scaffolding licence includes:

  • modular or prefabricated scaffolds
  • cantilevered hoist with a maximum working load of 500 kg (materials only)
  • ropes
  • gin wheels
  • safety nets and static lines
  • bracket scaffolds (tank and form work).

Basic scaffolding work does not include:

  • cantilevered crane loading platforms
  • cantilevered and spurred scaffolds
  • barrow ramps and sloping platforms
  • scaffolding associated with perimeter safety screens and shutters
  • mast climbing work platforms
  • tube and coupler scaffolds (including tube and coupler covered ways and gantries)
  • cantilevered hoists
  • hung scaffolds, including scaffolds hanging from tubes, wire ropes and chains
  • suspended scaffolds.

SI Intermediate scaffolding

It is a prerequisite that applicants for an intermediate scaffolding licence already hold or have passed assessment for a basic scaffolding licence or alternatively assessment for the applicants must incorporate the requirements for basic scaffolding assessments.

The scope of work for intermediate scaffolding includes:

  • scaffolding work included in the class of basic scaffolding
  • tube and coupler scaffolds including tube and coupler covered ways and gantries
  • cantilever crane loading platform
  • cantilever and spurred scaffolds
  • barrow ramps and sloping platforms
  • scaffolding associated with perimeter safety screens and shutters
  • mast climbing work platforms.

Intermediate scaffolding work does not include:

  • cantilevered hoists
  • hung scaffolds, including scaffolds hanging from tubes, wire ropes or chains
  • suspended scaffolds.

SA Advanced scaffolding

It is a prerequisite that applicants for an advanced scaffolding licence already hold or have previously passed assessment for a basic and intermediate scaffolding licence or alternatively assessment for the applicants must incorporate the requirements for intermediate scaffolding assessments.

The scope of work for advanced scaffolding includes:

  • scaffolding work included in the Intermediate scaffolding class
  • cantilevered hoists
  • hung scaffolds, including scaffolds hanging from tubes, wire ropes or chains
  • suspended scaffolds

Pressure equipment

Boiler general definition

A boiler is a vessel or an arrangement of vessels and interconnecting parts, in which steam or vapour is generated or in which water or other liquid is heated at a pressure above the atmosphere, by the application of fire, the products of combustion, electrical power, or similar high temperature means.


It includes the superheaters, reheaters, economisers, boiler piping, supports, mountings, valves, gauges, fittings, controls, the boiler setting and other equipment directly associated with those vessels.

A boiler does not include:

  • a fully flooded or pressurised system where water or other liquid is heated to a temperature lower than the normal atmospheric boiling temperature of the liquid;
  • a direct fired process heater;
  • boilers with less than 5 square metres heating surface or 150 kilowatt output;
  • unattended boilers certified in compliance with AS2593:2004.

BS Boiler standard

This licence class includes the operation of a boiler with a single fuel source that does not have a pre-heater, superheater or economiser attached.

BA Boiler advanced

The scope of work for advanced boiler operation includes the operation of a boiler, including a standard boiler, which may have one or more of the following:

  • multiple fuel sources
  • pre-heater
  • superheater
  • economiser.

It is a prerequisite that applicants for an advanced boiler licence already hold or have previously passed assessment for a lower level boiler operation licence.

ES Reciprocating steam engine operation

Reciprocating steam engine means equipment that is driven by steam acting on piston causing the piston to move, and includes an expanding (steam) reciprocating engine.


This includes all expanding (steam) reciprocating engines and reciprocating steam engines with any piston diameter of greater than 250 millimetres.

TO Turbine operation

The class includes the operation of a turbine that has an output of 500kW or more and includes one of the following:

  • multi-wheeled
  • capable of a speed greater than 3600 revolutions per minute
  • has attached condensers
  • has a multi-staged heat exchange extraction process

A turbine means equipment that is driven by steam acting on a turbine or rotor to cause a rotary motion.

Cranes and hoists

Slewing mobile cranes

Slewing mobile cranes are mobile cranes incorporating a boom or jib that can be slewed. It excludes a front-end loader, a backhoe, an excavator or similar equipment when configured for crane operation. The licence class encompasses the requirement for the non-slewing mobile crane operation licence and the vehicle loading crane operation licence.

  • CO Slewing mobile crane – with a capacity over 100 tonnes
  • C1 Slewing mobile crane – with a capacity up to 100 tonnes
  • C6 Slewing mobile crane – with a capacity up to 60 tonnes
  • C2 Slewing mobile crane – with a capacity up to 20 tonnes

CB Bridge and gantry crane

The scope for this licence class covers the operation of all bridge and gantry cranes.

A bridge crane consists of a bridge beam or beams mounted to an end carriage at each end and is capable of traveling along elevated runways and having one or more hoisting mechanisms arranged to traverse across the bridge.

A gantry crane consists of a bridge beam supported at each end by legs mounted on end carriages, capable of traveling on supporting surfaces or deck levels, whether fixed or not, including a crab with one or more hoisting units arranged to travel across the bridge.

A licence is required if the bridge or gantry crane is controlled from a permanent cabin or control station on the crane or is remotely controlled and having more than 3 powered operations. This includes the application of load estimation and slinging techniques to move a load.

CD Derrick crane

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

CN Non-slewing mobile crane

The scope for this licence is for the operation of a non-slewing mobile crane with a capacity greater than 3 tonnes.

A non-slewing mobile crane is a powered mobile crane that incorporates a boom or jib which does not slew and includes an articulated mobile crane or a locomotive crane but excludes a crane engaged in vehicle tow truck operation. If you hold a slewing mobile crane operation licence or equivalent, you may also operate a non-slewing mobile crane.

CP Portal boom crane

The scope of this licence class covers the operation of all portal boom cranes. A portal boom crane means a powered boom crane or jib crane mounted on a portal frame that is supported on runways that the crane may travel along.

CS Self erecting tower crane

The scope for this licence class covers the operation of all self-erecting tower cranes.

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.

CT Tower crane

The scope for this licence class covers the operation of all tower cranes.
 
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.

CV Vehicle Loading Crane

The scope for this licence class covers the operation of all vehicle loading cranes with a capacity of ten metre tonnes or more including the application of load estimation and slinging techniques to move a load.

A vehicle loading crane is a crane mounted on a vehicle for the principal purpose of loading and unloading the vehicle. You may also operate a vehicle loading crane if you hold a slewing mobile crane operation licence.

HM Materials hoist

The scope for this licence class covers the operation of materials platform hoists.

A materials hoist means a powered builder's hoist where only goods or materials and not personnel, may be hoisted. The car, bucket or platform is cantilevered from, and travels up and down externally, to a face of the support structure. Materials platform hoists may also be operated by anyone holding a hoist (personnel and materials) operation licence or equivalent.

HP Personnel and materials hoist

A materials or personnel hoist is a powered builder's hoist where personnel, goods and/or materials are hoisted. It comprises a car, structure, machinery or other equipment associated with the hoist, and may be either a cantilever hoist, tower hoist or a multiple winch operation. Included in this definition are situations where winches may be configured to operate as hoists for the transportation of personnel.

It excludes a mast climber, building maintenance unit, suspending scaffold, jump for or slip form. This licence encompasses the requires for the material hoist (cantilever platform operation licence).

PB Concrete placing boom

A concrete placing boom is plant incorporating a knuckle boom, 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.

Please note the description for this licence class has been altered and no longer refers to mobile truck-mounted concrete placing booms only i.e. operators of satellite concrete placing booms are required to hold a high risk work licence.

WP Boom type elevating work platform

The scope for this licence covers the operation of all boom-type elevating work platforms. An elevating work platform is either a telescoping device, hinged device, articulated device or any combination of these used to support a platform on which personnel, equipment or materials may be elevated to perform work.You do not require a licence if the boom length is less than 11 metres.

The length of the boom is the greater of the following:

  • the vertical distance from the surface supporting the boom-type elevating work platform to the floor of the platform with the platform extended to its maximum height
  • the horizontal distance from the centre point of the boom's rotation to the outer edge of the platform with the platform extended to its maximum distance.

RS Reach stacker

The reach stacker licence covers powered reach stackers of greater than three tonne capacity that incorporate an attachment for lifting, lowering, moving and travelling with a shipping container. This does not include a portainer crane.

You will be exempt from holding reach stacker licence until 31 December 2013. Persons wishing to continue to operate a reach stacker past this date will need to obtain the appropriate reach stacker high risk work licence.