As the operator of a mobile elevating work platform (MEWP), you have sole responsibility for carrying out tasks safely and efficiently. Establishing good habits and maintaining a consistent, focused approach to safe operations of the MEWP are critical. Through a combination of theory and practical application, this course provides basic operator training for working with Type 3, Group B MEWPs with a focus on managing hazards and selecting, inspecting, and operating a MEWP.

While this basic course can be used as part of a worker’s competency assessment, the employer must designate a worker as a “competent person” based on specific tasks assigned

Upon Completion

Upon successful completion of the course and examination with a minimum score of 70%, you will receive a Certificate of Completion that is valid for three years.

Course Content

If in your job you need to operate elevated work platforms—sometimes called aerial platforms, man lifts, scissor lifts, or boom lifts—you need technical training to use that heavy equipment safely. Mobile and powered lifts present a serious risk of injury or death in case of accidents or untrained use.

Course topics include the following:

  • Operator Responsibilities
  • Managing Hazards
  • Rescue Planning
  • MEWP Capabilities
  • MEWP Selection
  • Pre-Use Inspections
  • Operation and Stowing

In this course you will learn the legislation that applies in Alberta and Canada-wide for elevated work platform use as well as the industry-specific codes of practice in place. You’ll learn the major types and designs of EWPs, and their operating and technical differences, and also the major components of an EWP, their functions, and points of inspection to examine prior and after use.

You will cover how to recognize, quantify, and control a fall hazard and the PPE needed for workers at heights and those driving or operating these EWPs. Technical information will also include how to determine load limitations and calculate them, features unique to each type of EWP, factors affecting stability, and what can be done to improve stability of the lift.
Inspection and maintenance topics are also discussed.


Please note:
  • Basic literacy and understanding in the language the course is being taught is required
  • Students must be on time and present for all course content instruction.
  • Course duration: 8  Hours (may continue beyond 4:30 pm)
  • Lunch breaks and coffee breaks are provided – Please bring a lunch

Prerequisites and PPE

  • Valid Energy Safety Canada Fall Protection Certificate or;
  • Valid OSSA Fall Protection Certificate

You also need to bring your standard personal protective equipment (PPE), which includes approved hard hat, CSA approved steel toed boots and safety glasses, and seasonal leather/cold weather gloves.

Note: All courses require you to have government-issued photo ID.