EWP Training Sydney

Uphire provides training for the EWP Operator Licence (Yellow Card), VOC Yellow card and Telehandler Gold Card. We can also arrange WP High Risk Work Licence and Working at Heights training for our customers.

Please see below for further information on our training. We are also more than happy to advise on the best solution for our customers. We work with groups and individuals at Uphire or on customer sites.

Call us on 1300 UPHIRE (87 44 73) or submit an enquiry to determine the best solution for you and your team.



Why do we need EWP training?
In addition to the core reason so that operators can competently use the equipment, it is a WorkCover requirement that –

OHS Act 2000
Employers must provide information, instruction, training and supervision necessary to ensure the health and safety of employees at work.

Manufacturers and suppliers of plant must ensure equipment is safe to use when properly used and must make available adequate information about the conditions for the safe use of the equipment manufactured or supplied.

Employees must co-operate with efforts to comply with OHS requirements.

For further information as supplied by the Elevating Work Platform Association of Australia (EWPA), click here

Training sessions are conducted weekly (depending on availability). Weekend courses can also be catered for. Start and finish times will depend on group numbers and level of experience.

The training is conducted at UPHIRE – 56 Regentville Road Jamisontown, NSW. If required by our customers we can also run Yellow Card Training onsite. Just contact us and we can work through your requirements.

Course Content
Our standard course covers THREE modules, booms under 11 metres (BL), vertical (VL) and scissor lifts (SL). The other modules, TL, TM and T are available upon request.

Scissor Lift                      SL

Boom Lift                        BL

Vertical Lift                      VL

Truck Mount                   TM

Trailer Mount                  TL

Truck load restraint         T

The EWPA recommended retail price for the Yellow card is $400.

For groups of 4 or more, discounts may apply. Please contact us to discuss your requirements.

The training is conducted by industry experienced and EWPA certified trainers.

Do I need a Yellow Card if I have a WP High Risk License?

Despite common perception, the answer is yes. The WP Licence covers boom lifts over 11m. So if you are operating a scissor lift, vertical lift or boom with a platform height under 11m the WP Licence does not cover this. You would need your EWP licence if you want to demonstrate a qualification and/or competency with the equipment.

What if I have the old Yellow Card format? Do I need to do the new Operator Licence?

Existing Yellow Cards are still valid with the EWPA, however individual sites may require operators to have the new EWPA operator licence. This helps sites to ensure that operators have been trained and used the equipment in the last 5 years. The new EWP Operator Licence will be accepted by all sites, although some sites may also request a VOC (Verification of Competency)

If you have any further questions about the Yellow Card please don’t hesitate to contact us.



This is a three day course- 2 days training, one day assessment (by a Workcover Accredited Assessor.) This will allow you to legally operate Boom type devices over 11 metres.

Please contact us to discuss your requirements.



What is a VOC?

Some of the bigger construction companies now require a VOC (Verification of Competency) before you will allowed to operate an EWP (or any other plant equipment). This is a safety measure that reassures the construction company that you are up to date with your training and still competent. It is usually around an hour or 2 in duration, depending on how many devices you need verification in. It consists of a questionnaire and some practical tasks. 



Uphire provides Gold Card Training on request at our premises. Onsite training can also be organised for larger groups. Trainers are industry experienced and certified by the Telescopic Handler Association of Australia.

Similar to EWP Licensing, there are High Risk Work Licenses that apply to Telehandlers with a lifting capacity greater than 3Tonne which are being used with a crane jib lifting attachment.

Telehandler Gold Card Training ensures that operators have been appropriately trained in the use of Telehandlers that do not fall into the category of a High Risk Work Licence.  It is also a common misconception that a forklift licence prepares an operator to use a Telehandler, however Forklifts and Telehandlers have different capabilities and fall under different Australian standards. Operation of a Telehandler requires Telehandler specific training.

Further information from the Telescopic Handler Association of Australia can be found below. Or feel free to call us to discuss your requirements.

Why Do I need a Gold Card?

Telescopic Handler Operator Competency/Duty of Care Training and High Risk Work/Driver Licensing Requirements in each State/Territory



Uphire is a fully accredited member of the Elevating Work Platform Association of Australia, the Telescopic Handler Association of Australia and the Hire and Rental Industry Association.





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