National code: CPC32920

Certificate III in Construction Crane Operations

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Overview About this course

Work on iconic and high-profile projects like bridges, wind farms, tunnels, roads and rail projects as a licensed crane operator and enjoy working outdoors as part of a team. Gain licences while you learn with TAFE NSW - we are the only Registered Training Organisation in NSW offering this course.

Outcomes What you'll gain

Learning outcomes

Through a mixture of theory and practical course work, learn to:

    • Work safely at heights
    • Handle construction materials
    • Read and interpret plans and specifications
    • Undertake site inspections
    • Operate elevated work platforms up to 11 metres

Course outcomes

Gain practical experience and develop specialist skills that give you an advantage in the job market.

    • Licensing or the eligibility to apply for a high-risk work licence
    • Experience operating cranes and performing scheduling
    • The confidence to read and interpret plans and specifications
    • Techniques to plan and organise work
    • The ability to operate elevated work platforms
    • Knowledge to complete a site inspection
    • A strong pathway to continue your study and enhance your career opportunities

Suitability Is this course right for you?

Entry requirements

This course requires evidence of previous experience or study before you can enrol

  • This course is offered as a traineeship. Enquire today to check the eligibility requirements.

    • You are over the age of 16 years old, evidenced by 100 points of identification
    • You are currently employed in the crane industry, evidenced by a letter of employment

Entry recommendations

To be prepared for this course, we recommend that you have:

    • Confidence working at heights
    • A commitment to safety and following workplace safety procedures
    • The ability to work well as part of a team
    • Good communication skills
    • Experience or interest in handling tools and equipment
    • Access to a computer with a reliable internet connection
  • Note: To undertake some assessments in this course, you will need to be at least 18 years old with 100 points of identification.

  • If you need help preparing for study, contact us about your options.

TAFE NSW is committed to meeting the learning needs of every community. Meeting these needs can mean there are additional entry requirements at different campus locations. Check your preferred location for further requirements. If you need help preparing for study, contact us to find out how we can support you.

Pathways Future career and study options

Career pathways

Our graduates go onto roles like: - Crane industry worker, - Mobile plant operator, - Licensed crane operator, - Licensed rigger, - Licensed EWP operator and - Licensed forklift operator


As well as a valid general construction induction card, you will need a high-risk work licence if you want to carry out crane operations, dogging, rigging, elevated work platform over 11 meters or forklift work in NSW. To be eligible to obtain a high-risk licence, you must be at least 18 years old and have 100 points of ID. Before you can apply for a licence to perform high-risk work, a Registered Training Organisation (RTO) must assess your training, skills and knowledge using the relevant national 'assessment instrument' under realistic workplace conditions. During this course, you will be ready to apply for your high-risk work licence once you have completed the relevant units. You will then undertake an assessment with SafeWork NSW to obtain your licence. TAFE NSW will organise your assessment. Visit the SafeWork NSW website for more information.

Study pathways

Take your study further with other courses offered at TAFE NSW:

Previous study 0 Courses

Begin here to gain experience and confidence in this study area.

The Certificate III in Construction Crane Operations does not have any pre-requisite courses.

Further study 0 Courses

Advance your skills to take your career to the next level

The Certificate III in Construction Crane Operations does not have any post-graduate courses.

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Your experience counts

At TAFE NSW, we recognise your previous study and work experience. You can apply for recognition of prior learning or a credit transfer with any of our courses. If you're successful you'll get your qualification faster.

Units Units taught in this course

Courses are made up of a combination of both core and specialty units. In the Certificate III in Construction Crane Operations qualification, you’ll need to successfully complete 23 Units of competency, including 16 core and 7 speciality units.

Core units are central to the job outcomes of a particular industry or occupation. These are the units industry has agreed are essential to be capable and qualified at a particular study level.

  • Undertake site inspection TLIB3015

  • Work safely around electrical sources, services and assets CPCCCM3003

  • Deliver and monitor a service to customers BSBOPS304

  • Licence to perform dogging CPCCLDG3001

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TAFE NSW services Facilities and support

TAFE NSW provides support services across all campus locations and online. Whatever your needs or circumstances, we have the people, resources, counselling and facilities to support you in focusing on your studies.

  • TAFE NSW Disability Support Service

  • TAFE NSW Language, Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) support

  • TAFE NSW Aboriginal Support; Learner support (ABE)

  • TAFE NSW Careers, Counselling and Pathways Service

  • TAFE NSW Libraries

  • Scholarship programs – be supported as you explore your talents and fulfil your potential

  • Smarthinking - online access to a tutor

  • LinkedIn Learning – an online resource which offers innovative courses and tutorials to improve your personal and professional skills

  • Student associations – get social with our student community

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