About this Course

Course Description:

This unit specifies the outcomes required to operate a tower crane for licensing purposes, and covers a jib or boom/job crane mounted on a tower structure, demountable or permanent, including both horizontal and luffing jib types. This unit does not cover self-erecting tower cranes.

A person who demonstrates competency in this unit must be able to provide evidence of the ability to:

  • Comply with OH&S licensing legislation
  • Communicate and work safely with others in the work area
  • Assess risks and management procedures (particular awareness of the risks associated with overhead powerlines/electrical cables, wind, etc)
  • Operate a tower crane for the lifting and moving of loads to the safe working rated capacity in conjunction with other
  • Appropriate personnel
  • Apply appropriate mathematical procedures for estimation of loads.


Private training can be organised and conducted onsite if the following training and assessment requirements are met:

  • A room with access to power, a blank wall for presentation, a projector screen or a large TV, table/s and chairs.
  • Clear flat operating area for practical training.
  • Tower crane in safe/serviceable working order in accordance with manufacturers specifications

Course Outline

  • Available in NSW and QLD
  • Onsite training (We come to you!)
  • Nationally recognised

Course Availability & Pricing

Please see our public course dates below. If there are no dates available or you would like to arrange a private course at your site or ours, then please select the ‘Private courses’ button.

Course Outcomes

Learning Outcome

By the end of the course, participants will have acquired the following skills and knowledge:

  • Understanding of occupational health and safety (OHS) regulations and legal obligations
  • Proficient planning of tower crane operations while prioritising safety
  • Competent identification and management of workplace hazards and risks
  • Ability to inspect and select appropriate lifting equipment, including conducting sling and load calculations
  • Thorough comprehension of pre-start, pre-operational, and post-operational inspections for tower cranes
  • Proficiency in reading and interpreting load charts
  • Skill in setting up a crane for safe operation
  • Familiarity with load monitoring indicators (LMIs) Competent operation of a crane based on hand, whistle, and radio signals
  • Proficient handling and shifting of various types of loads


Upon successful completion, participants will receive a nationally recognised Statement of Attainment and Notification of Assessment which they can use to apply for a High-Risk Work Licence (class CT) with the appropriate WHS Authority in their jurisdiction (SafeWork / WorkSafe).

Further Information

What is a Tower Crane?

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.

SafeWork/WorkSafe conditions of assessment:

  • Applicants to be at least 18 years of age.
  • Able to produce 100 points or more of identification as per the SafeWork/WorkSafe identification checklist.
  • Speak and understand English at a level to be able to participate in the training and assessment

Note: Verbal assessments can be arranged for applicants with writing and reading difficulties (extra charge applies)

Important Information

If a participant withdraws from a qualification/unit, with less than seven (7) business days notice prior to commencement, Kallibr Training reserves the right to retain the 30% administration booking fee.

No refund will be provided within two (2) business days prior to commencement. No refund will be permitted after course commencement or if a participant fails to attend on the scheduled commencement date.

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