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.
|Licence||Abbreviation||Unit of competency|
|Boom type elevating work platform||WP||TLILIC0005|
|Concrete placing boom||PB||CPCCLBM3001|
|Crane, bridge and gantry||CB||TLILIC0006|
|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, vehicle loading crane||CV||TLILIC0002|
|Forklift truck, order picking||LO||TLILIC0004|
|Personnel and materials hoist||HP||CPCCLHS3001A|
|Reciprocating steam engine operation||ES||UEPOPL002|
For questions Contact WorkSafe
If you require additional information in relation to the above, please contact Licensing Services:
Phone: 1300 424 091
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