EWP operator course

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If you are seeking a Scissor Lift Licence in NZ, or any licence related to the operation of an elevated work platform (EWP), look no further than Silvercard. The Hire Industry Association of New Zealand (HIANZ) developed the Silvercard program nearly two decades ago. In the years since the Silvercard has come to be known nationally as a respected and reputable proof of concept for EWP operators spanning numerous sectors and disciplines.

Don’t settle for anything less, ask for Silvercard!

What You Can Expect from EWP Silvercard Regarding Elevated Platform Training in NZ

Over 20 years ago, the Hire Industry Association of New Zealand (HIANZ) developed the EWP Silvercard program as a source for elevated platform training in NZ. Ever since, our program has been providing top-tier training and compliance help to organisations and professionals throughout the country.

Through our program, you can expect:

  • A reputable proof of competency: The Silvercard is a widely recognised and respected certification in the EWP industry. It is absolutely a valid elevated platform license in NZ.
  • Training options spanning multiple EWPs: EWPs take many different forms. The Silvercard program offers training courses explicitly geared towards many of them, including scissor lifts, vertical lifts, self-propelled booms, trailer-mounted booms and truck-mounted booms.
  • Qualified trainers: Our trainers bring ample industry experience to the table, as well as extensive knowledge about safety best practices, regulatory requirements and more. Find a trainer near you, either on the North Island or on the South Island.

Common Mistakes People Make Regarding an Elevated Platform Licence in NZ

As you start your search for elevated platform training in NZ, keep these common mistakes in mind and take care to avoid them:

  • Assuming that one Silvercard is suitable for all EWPs: We offer different courses for different types of EWPs because they don’t all work the same way. Operational tactics, safety practices and even regulatory requirements differ depending on the lift. If you have someone who will be operating a scissor lift and a self-propelled boom, they should obtain Silvercard training for both.
  • Settling for lesser certifications (or no certifications at all): Demand that all EWP operators have training and certification, and not from just any program either. The EWP Silvercard is reputed and renowned for being the highest quality elevated work platform license in NZ. To ensure the safest and most compliance worksite, ensure that your workers have the best certification available. The Silvercard is that certification.
  • Not being aware of compliance requirements: Before undertaking any EWP work on your project site, you should familiarise yourself with what legislation requires on this front. EWPs are instrumental pieces of equipment for a wide range of project types, but they can also be a safety hazard if not used correctly. Becoming familiar with the compliance requirements will help your business on several fronts, including planning for training and certification.

Why Sivercard is Cost Effective

Training for an EWP Scissor Lift in NZ is a small investment that will help ensure compliance, safety and productive work on your project sites. The benefits and value of the training far outweigh the price of admission. 

HIANZ has a long history of serving industrial workers and contractors. With several decades of experience, our Silvercard instructors are located throughout New Zealand and prepared to help workers from any industry become certified in safety and equipment competency.  You can count on our instructors to provide the premium standard for educational excellence. Each trainer is an industry professional holding at least a National Certificate in Adult Education L4 at a minimum. 

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The Hire Industry Association of New Zealand (HIANZ) is committed to promoting best practice training for EWP operators across New Zealand.


Our assessors are approved by The Skills Organisation who manage the reporting of a participants completed Unit Standards to NZQA (New Zealand Qualifications Authority). Participants are also enrolled with Skills Organisation.

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