EWP Silvercard courses are​ designed to deliver essential safety and compliance information that promotes the safe use of EWP’s and ensures compliance.


The Health & Safety at Work Act (HSWA) states that one aspect of ensuring that employees can carry out work safely is making sure that employees have adequate knowledge, experience and training.This course ensures your company is legislatively compliant, and your staff will have been made aware of the relevant Best Practices and guidelines related to EWP machinery operations.

EWP Silvercard courses are available throughout New Zealand and cater for the following types of EWP.

  • Scissor Lift
  • Vertical Lift
  • Self Propelled Boom
  • Trailer Mounted Boom
  • Truck Mounted Boom

Our courses are designed to deliver essential safety and compliance information. Attendees will gain theoretical knowledge and practical skills in:

  • Health and Safety Legislative Requirements
  • Types of Elevated Work Platforms (EWP’s)
  • EWP Compliance Requirements
  • Hazard identification, risk assessment and controls
  • Fall arrest harness inspection, fitting and use
  • Conduct pre and post operational checks
  • Safe Operation of EWP
  • Emergency procedures, Rescue Plans
  • Theory & Practical assessments, observation and demonstration.

Upon successful completion of the course your assessor will report the achieved Unit Standards to The Skills Organisation who will register these on your NZQA Record of Achievement. You will then receive an EWP Operator ID Card as proof of training and competency. 


A “temporary” Silver Card may be supplied on the day of the course which can be used when operating machinery until you receive the official photo ID card.

Below is a list of NZQA Unit Standards that correspond to the EWP Silvercard courses.

23966 – Describe types of EWP, and legislative requirements for their use (Theory)
23960 – Assess the worksite, prepare and operate a scissor lift EWP (Practical)
23961 – Assess the worksite, prepare and operate a truck mounted EWP (Practical)
23962 – Assess the worksite, prepare and operate a self-propelled boom lift EWP (Practical)
23963 – Assess the worksite, prepare and operate a trailer mounted EWP (Practical)
23964 – Assess the worksite, prepare and operate a vertical lift EWP (Practical)

Training for all types of EWP's







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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