Learn about high risk work licence

A high risk work licence (HRWL) is required when carrying out certain high risk work including operating cranes, boilers, forklifts, hoists, reach stackers, reciprocating steam engines, rigging, scaffolding and turbines.

A HRWL is recognised in all states and territories of Australia, enabling the holder to perform high risk work under consistent standards.

The requirements to hold a HRWL do not apply if you are:

  • in the course of training towards gaining a high risk licence, and
  • under the direct supervision of a person who is licensed to carry out the high risk work.

The RTO will ensure that training is provided, against standards outlined in the national unit of competency. When the RTO is satisfied you can meet the standards, an assessment is performed by an accredited assessor using a national assessment instrument.


A person who carries out high risk work involving plant is not required to be licensed if:

  • the work is carried out at a workplace solely for the purpose of the manufacture, testing, trialing, installation, commissioning, maintenance, servicing, repair, alteration, demolition or disposal of the plant at that workplace or moving the plant within the workplace, and
  • the plant is operated or used without a load except when standard weight loads with predetermined fixing points are used for calibration of the plant.

Moving includes operating the plant in order to load the plant onto, or unload it from, a vehicle or equipment used to move it.

A person who carries out work with a crane or hoist is not required to be licensed as a crane operator:

  • if the work is limited to setting up or dismantling the crane or hoist, and
  • if the person carrying out the work holds a licence in relation to rigging, which qualifies the person to carry out the work.

A person who carries out high risk work with a boiler that is being used for a historical purpose or activity or ancillary to a historical activity is not required to be licensed as a boiler operator. Examples of historical activity given in the Work Health and Safety Regulations include a historical display, parade, demonstration or re-enactment. Activity ancillary to a historical activity include restoring, maintaining, modifying, servicing a boiler used or to be used for a historical activity

Units of competency 

Below are the units of competency which will help when searching for an RTO.

Units of competency
Licence Abbreviation Unit of competency
Boiler, advanced BA MSMBLIC002
Boiler, standard BS MSMBLIC001
Boom type elevating work platform WP TLILIC0005
Concrete placing boom PB CPCCLBM3001
Crane, bridge and gantry CB TLILIC0006
Crane, derrick CD TLILIC0007
Crane, non-slewing mobile CN TLILIC0008
Crane, portal boom CP TLILIC0009
Crane, self-erecting tower CS CPCCLTC4002A
Crane, slewing mobile C2, C6, C1, C0 TLILIC0010, TLILIC0013, TLILIC0014, TLILIC0015
Crane, tower CT CPCCLTC4001A
Crane, vehicle loading crane CV TLILIC0002
Dogging DG CPCCLDG3001A
Forklift truck, order picking LO TLILIC0004
Forklift truck LF TLILIC0003
Materials hoist HM CPCCLHS3002A
Personnel and materials hoist HP CPCCLHS3001A
Reach stacker RS TLILIC0011
Reciprocating steam engine operation ES UEPOPL002
Rigging, advanced RA CPCCLRG4001A
Rigging, basic RB CPCCLRG3001A
Rigging, intermediate RI CPCCLRG3002A
Scaffolding, advanced SA CPCCLSF4001A
Scaffolding, basic SB CPCCLSF2001A
Scaffolding, intermediate SI CPCCLSF3001A
Turbine operation TO UEPOPL001


Further information

For questions Contact WorkSafe

If you require additional information in relation to the above, please contact Licensing Services:

Phone: 1300 424 091
Email: wslicensing@dmirs.wa.gov.au


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