How to become a crane operator

If you’re searching for information on how to become a crane operator or looking for the right crane operator courses, you’re in the perfect place.

In this detailed guide, we’ll cover the skills you need, what the training process is, and what it takes to get your crane operator licence.


What skills do crane operators need?

Operating a crane is more than just moving levers; it requires a blend of technical knowledge, spatial awareness, and coordination. Crane operators need to:

  • Understand different types of cranes and their specific controls, instruments and safety devices
  • Have excellent spatial awareness for safe and precise load manoeuvring
  • Possess strong hand-eye coordination for effective operation of crane functions and the coordination of the load movements
  • Be problem solvers who can anticipate and mitigate lifting risks, as well as adjust lifting plans as necessary on the fly to avoid mishaps
  • Communicate effectively with the ground crew and other personnel through hand and whistle signals and radio communications
  • Strictly adhere to safety protocols and procedures
  • Pay close attention to details like load weight and rigging configurations
  • Maintain physical fitness and mental endurance for demanding operational tasks
  • Stay updated with regulations and standards in the industry


There are three stages to receiving your crane operator licence, and it starts with Ascent

  1. Before you can apply for a HRWL, you’ll need to complete the nationally recognised licensing unit of competency through a reputable RTO, like Ascent.
  2. Once successful in this unit, you will undergo an assessment by Workplace Health and Safety Queensland (WHSQ).
  3. After passing the assessment, you will be eligible to apply for a HRWL for the specific crane class you were assessed in.


Enrolling in a crane operator course

We cover all of these crucial skills and more in our crane operator courses.

Ascent Training Solutions offers a range of Nationally Recognised High Risk Work Licence (HRWL) crane courses including:

  • Slewing mobile crane courses for classes C2, C6, C1 and C0 upon request
    • TLILIC0022 Licence to operate a slewing mobile crane (up to 20 tonnes)
    • TLILIC0023 Licence to operate a slewing mobile crane (up to 60 tonnes)
    • TLILIC0020 Licence to operate a slewing mobile crane (over 100 tonnes)
  • Vehicle loading crane
    • TLILIC0024 Licence to operate a vehicle loading crane (capacity 10-meter tonnes and above)
  • Non-slewing mobile crane
    • TLILIC0018 Licence to operate a non-slewing mobile crane (greater than 3 tonnes capacity)
  • Tower crane
    • CPCCLTC4001 Licence to operate a tower crane


How long does crane operator training take?

The duration to complete a crane operator course varies based on your learning pace and prior experience. Generally, it’s about five days, including the assessment, and the licence is valid for five years.


How to become a crane operator Australia

Eager to start your journey towards becoming a certified and licenced crane operator in Australia? Ascent Training Solutions is here to enhance your skills, provide you with knowledge, and hands-on experience you’ll need for the workplace.

Contact us today to find out more about our courses and how we can help you become a crane operator.