High risk work licences are recognised all around Australia as part of a national licensing system.

Renewing an existing licence

You can renew your existing licence through our Client Portal or by calling us on 1300 365 255.

Please allow approximately 3 weeks to receive your new licence in the post.

Licence photos are valid for up to 10 years. If you need a new photograph for your licence you will be advised when you renew and you will need to pay for your licence in person at a Service SA Customer Service Centre or an Australia Post Photopoint outlet in South Australia to have an updated photo taken.

Obtaining a new high risk work licence or class

To obtain a Licence to Perform High Risk Work or add a new class to your existing licence you must be over 18 years of age and not previously been issued with a licence for this class of work.

Please review our guide for applicants before making an application.

Older style tickets and Certificates of Competency (pre-High Risk Work) have now expired and are no longer valid. In order to undertake High Risk Work you will need to be trained and assessed.

Training

You must undertake the appropriate training. To find a Registered Training Organisation (RTO) search training.gov.au (go to Search by Scope, enter the course code and filter results for SA only).

High risk work licences are required for the following kinds of work:

Tower crane (Class CT)

VET accredited course: Licence to operate a tower crane
Competency unit: CPCCLTC4001A

Covers the operation of a jib or boom crane mounted on a tower structure, demountable or permanent, including both horizontal and luffing jib types.

Self-erecting tower crane (Class CS)

VET accredited course: Licence to operate a self-erecting tower crane
Competency unit: CPCCLTC4002A

Covers the operation of a crane where the tower structure and boom/jib elements are not disassembled into component sections, which can be transported between sites as a complete unit, and where the erection and dismantling processes are an inherent part of the crane's function.

Derrick crane (Class CD)

VET accredited course: Licence to operate a derrick crane
Competency unit: TLILIC3004
Prerequisite: Dogging (Class DG)

Covers the operation of a slewing strut-boom crane with its boom pivoted at the base of a mast which is either guyed (guy-derrick) or held by backstays (stiff-legged derrick) and which is capable of luffing under load.

Portal boom crane (Class CP)

VET accredited course: Licence to operate a portal boom crane
Competency unit: TLILIC3007
Prerequisite: Dogging (Class DG)

Covers the operation of a boom crane or jib crane mounted on a portal frame, which is supported on runways along which the crane travels.

Bridge and gantry crane (Class CB)

VET accredited course: Licence to operate a bridge and gantry crane
Competency unit: TLILIC3003
Prerequisite: Dogging (Class DG)

Covers the operation of bridge and gantry cranes controlled from a permanent cabin or control station on the crane and those which are remote controlled having more than three powered operations (hoist, raise and lower equals one operation), including the application of load estimation and slinging techniques to move a load.

Materials hoist (Class HM)

VET accredited course: Licence to operate a materials hoist
Competency unit: CPCCLHS3002A

Covers the operation of a builder's hoist by which only goods or materials and not personnel may be hoisted and where the car, bucket or platform is cantilevered from, and travels up and down externally to, a face of the support structure.

Personnel and materials hoist (Class HP)

VET accredited course: Licence to operate a personnel and materials hoist
Competency unit: CPCCLHS3001A

Covers the operation of a builder's hoist in which personnel, goods and/or materials may be hoisted, and which comprises a car, structure, machinery or other equipment associated with the hoist, and which may be either a cantilever hoist, a tower hoist or a multiple winch operation.

Boom-type elevating work platform (Class WP)

VET accredited course: Licence to operate a boom-type elevating work platform (boom length 11 metres or more)
Competency unit: TLILIC2005

Covers the operation of a telescoping device, hinged device, or articulated device or any combination of these used to support a platform on which personnel, equipment and materials may be elevated to perform work, where the boom length is 11 metres or more. The 11 metre boom length shall be taken to mean the greater of the following: the vertical distance from the floor of the platform to the ground supporting the elevating work platform with the platform at its maximum height, or the nominal reach measured from the centre point of rotation to the outer edge of the platform in its most extended position.

Concrete placing boom (Class PB)

VET accredited course: Licence to conduct concrete boom delivery operations
Competency unit: CPCCLBM3001

Covers the operation of vehicle mounted concrete boom pumping systems, including a minimum of two boom stages, and the use and monitoring of the boom distribution system.

Reach stacker (RS)

VET accredited course: Licence to operate a reach stacker of greater than 3 tonne capacity
Competency unit: TLILIC3019

Covers the operation of a reach stacker of greater than 3 tonnes capacity that incorporates an attachment for lifting, moving and travelling with a shipping container, but does not include a portainer crane.

Under High Risk Work licensing, all mobile cranes follow a hierarchy. This hierarchy allows for any person licenced in a higher class to also operate any mobile crane below that class.

If you hold a licence to operate a class of crane listed in the top row of the chart (C0 to CN), you are also authorised to operate the cranes listed below it.

C0

Slewing mobile crane
(over 100t)

C1

Slewing mobile crane
(up to 100t)

C6

Slewing mobile crane
(up to 60t)

C2

Slewing mobile crane
(up to 20t)

CV

Vehicle loading crane

CN

Non-slewing mobile crane

C0      
C1 C1     
C6 C6 C6    
C2 C2 C2 C2   
CV CV CV CV CV  
CN CN CN CN   CN

Vehicle loading crane – (Class CV)

VET accredited course: Licence to operate a vehicle loading crane (capacity 10 metre tonnes and above)
Competency unit: TLILIC0012
Prerequisite: Dogging (Class DG)

Covers the operation of a crane with a capacity of 10 metre tonnes or more, mounted on a vehicle to move a load onto or from the vehicle, including the application of load estimation and slinging techniques to move a load. Vehicle loading cranes may also be operated by a person holding a slewing mobile crane High Risk Work class.

Non-slewing mobile crane – (Class CN)

VET accredited course: Licence to operate a non-slewing mobile crane (greater than 3 tonnes capacity)
Competency unit: TLILIC3006
Prerequisite: Dogging (Class DG)

Covers the operation of a mobile crane of greater than 3 tonnes capacity that incorporates a boom or jib which includes articulated type mobile cranes and locomotive cranes, but does not include vehicle tow trucks. Non-slewing mobile cranes may also be operated by a person holding a slewing mobile crane High Risk Work class.

Slewing mobile crane – (with a capacity up to 20 tonnes) – (Class C2)

VET accredited course: Licence to operate a slewing mobile crane (up to 20 tonnes)
Competency unit: TLILIC3008
Prerequisite: Dogging (Class DG)

This class encompasses the requirements for the non-slewing mobile crane and the Vehicle loading crane High Risk Work classes.

Slewing mobile crane – (with a capacity up to 60 tonnes) – (Class C6)

VET accredited course: Licence to operate a slewing mobile crane (up to 60 tonnes)
Competency unit: TLILIC4009
Prerequisite: Dogging (Class DG)

This class encompasses the requirements for the non-slewing mobile crane and the Vehicle loading crane High Risk Work classes.

Slewing mobile crane – (with a capacity up to 100 tonnes) – (Class C1)

VET accredited course: Licence to operate a slewing mobile crane (up to 100 tonnes)
Competency unit: TLILIC4010
Prerequisite: Dogging (Class DG)

This class encompasses the requirements for the non-slewing mobile crane and the Vehicle loading crane High Risk Work classes.

Slewing mobile crane – (with a capacity over 100 tonnes) – (Class C0)

VET accredited course: Licence to operate a slewing mobile crane (over 100 tonnes)
Competency unit: TLILIC4011
Prerequisite: Dogging (Class DG)

This class encompasses the requirements for the non-slewing mobile crane and the Vehicle loading crane High Risk Work classes.

Dogging (Class DG)

VET accredited course: Licence to perform dogging
Competency unit: CPCCLDG3001A

The application of slinging techniques to move a load (including the selection and inspection of lifting gear) and/or the directing of a crane/hoist operator in the movement of a load when the load is out of the view of the crane/hoist operator.

Dogging is a prerequisite for the following classes of high risk work:

  • CD – Derrick crane
  • CP – Portal boom crane
  • CV – Vehicle loading crane
  • CB – Bridge and Gantry crane
  • CN – Non-slewing mobile crane
  • C2 – Slewing mobile crane - with a capacity up to 20 tonnes
  • C6 – Slewing mobile crane - with a capacity up to 60 tonnes
  • C1 – Slewing mobile crane - with a capacity up to 100 tonnes
  • C0 – Slewing mobile crane - with a capacity over 100 tonnes.

Basic rigging (Class RB)

VET accredited course: Licence to perform basic rigging
Competency unit: CPCCRI3012A

All dogging work, as well as rigging work involving:

  • structural steel erection
  • hoists
  • pre-cast concrete members of a structure
  • safety nets and static lines
  • mast climbing work platforms
  • perimeter safety screens and shutters
  • cantilevered crane-loading platforms.

Intermediate rigging (Class RI)

VET accredited course: Licence to perform intermediate rigging
Competency unit: CPCCRI3013A

All basic rigging work, as well as rigging work involving:

  • hoists with jibs and self-climbing hoists
  • cranes, conveyors, dredges and excavators
  • tilt slabs
  • demolition of structures or plant
  • dual lifts.

Advanced rigging (Class RA)

VET accredited course: Licence to perform advanced rigging
Competency unit: CPCCBC4045A

All intermediate rigging work, as well as rigging work involving:

  • gin poles and shear legs
  • flying foxes and cableways
  • guyed derricks and structures
  • suspended scaffolds and fabricated hung scaffolds.

Forklift truck (Class LF)

VET accredited course: Licence to operate a forklift truck
Competency unit: TLILIC2002

Covers the operation of a powered industrial truck equipped with a mast and an elevating load carriage to which is attached a pair of forkarms or other attachment.

Order picking forklift truck (Class LO)

VET accredited course: Licence to operate and order picking forklift truck
Competency unit: TLILIC2002

Covers the operation of a powered industrial truck of a type where the operator's control arrangement is incorporated with the load carriage/lifting media, and elevates with it.

Standard boiler operation (Class BS)

VET accredited course: Licence to operate a standard boiler
Competency unit: MSABLIC001

The operation of a boiler with a single fuel source that does not have a pre-heater, superheater or economiser attached.

Advanced boiler operation (Class BA)

VET accredited course: Licence to operate a standard boiler and advanced boilers
Competency unit: MSABLIC002

The operation of a boiler, including a standard boiler, which may have one or more of the following:

  • multiple fuel sources
  • pre-heater
  • superheater
  • economiser.

Turbine operation (Class TO)

VET accredited course: Licence to operate a turbine
Competency unit: UEPOPL001A

The operation of a turbine that has an output of 500kW or more and:

  • is multi-wheeled, or
  • is capable of a speed greater than 3600rpm, or
  • has attached condensers, or
  • has a multi-staged heat exchange extraction process.

Reciprocating steam engine operation (Class ES)

VET accredited course: Licence to operate a reciprocating steam engine
Competency unit: UEPOPL002A

The operation of a reciprocating steam engine where the diameter of any piston exceeds 250mm.

Basic scaffolding (Class SB)

VET accredited course: Licence to erect and dismantle basic scaffolding
Competency unit: CPCCSC2002A

Consists of scaffolding work connected with the operation or use of:

  • modular or pre-fabricated scaffolds
  • cantilevered materials hoists with a maximum working load of 500kg
  • ropes
  • gin wheels
  • safety nets and static lines, and
  • bracket scaffolds (tank and formwork)

Intermediate scaffolding (Class SI)

VET accredited course: Licence to erect and dismantle intermediate scaffolding
Competency unit: CPCCSC3001A

Consists of all basic scaffolding work, as well as scaffolding work involving any of the following:

  • cantilevered crane-loading platforms
  • cantilevered scaffolds
  • spur scaffolds
  • barrow ramps and sloping platforms
  • scaffolding associated with perimeter safety screens and shutters
  • mast climbing work platforms
  • tube and coupler scaffolds (including tube and coupler covered ways and gantries)

Advanced scaffolding (SA)

VET accredited course: Licence to erect and dismantle advanced scaffolding
Competency unit: CPCCSC4001A

Consists of all intermediate scaffolding work, as well as scaffolding work involving any of the following:

  • cantilevered hoists
  • hung scaffolds, including scaffolds hung from tubes, wire ropes or chains, and
  • suspended scaffolds

The following types of load shifting are not classes of high risk work:

  • Cableway/Flying Foxes (LC)
  • Front-end Loader/Backhoes (LB)
  • Front End Loader (LL)
  • Front End Loader (Skid Steer Types) (LS)
  • Excavators (LE)
  • Draglines (LD)
  • Dozers (LZ)

Assessment

Once your training is complete an accredited assessor will assess your competency. Accredited assessors must be affiliated with RTOs, so your assessment may be arranged for you or you can select an accredited assessor by category of High Risk Work.

During your assessment, you will:

  • undertake a theory (written) exam
  • undertake a practical test
  • be provided with written feedback about your results.

When you pass your assessment, you will receive a 'Notice of Satisfactory Assessment' (NSA) and a tax invoice. Your NSA and tax invoice are only valid for 60 days from the date of issue.

Paying for your new licence

Take your invoice to a Service SA Customer Service Centre or an Australia Post Photopoint outlet in South Australia within 60 days of the date of issue.

You will need to:

  • check that your details are correct on the tax invoice
  • show 100 points of identification
  • provide your tax Invoice
  • pay the application fee
  • provide a sample signature
  • either provide a passport-sized photo or have your photograph taken.

Your new licence will be posted to you once your application is processed. Keep your receipt as evidence of payment until you receive your licence.

The addition of new qualifications does not alter your original Licence 'start' date. It will still expire/become due for renewal 5 years after the original issue date.

Upon payment for a Licence to Perform High Risk Work, you must produce 100 points of identification. All documents must be originals.

If you cannot produce a primary document, 100 points can be made up from a combination of secondary documents, provided at least one document includes photo identification, your full name and signature (eg a driver's licence). At least one of the documents must show your date of birth.

If you cannot produce evidence of identity documents matching the requirements specified below, the application cannot proceed.

All forms of identification must be current unless it is expressly stated otherwise.

Primary Documents
70 points
Secondary Documents
40 points
Secondary Documents
25 points
Australian Passport (current or expired which has not been cancelled and was current within the preceding 2 years) Australian Driver's Licence Proof of Age Card
International Passport (Current passports only. Expired passports will not be accepted.) Passport in a language other than English must be accompanied by an official translation. Licence to Perform High Risk Work Medicare Card
Australian Full Birth Certificate or Certificate Extract Public Service Identity Card Current bank or credit union issued credit card, debit or account card
Australian Citizenship Certificate Tertiary Education Identity Card Bank or credit union statement
  Veterans' Affairs Card Council rates notice
  Centrelink Card Utility bill
  Health Care Card Telephone bill
   Motor vehicle registration certificate

Change of address notification

Complete the application form if you need to advise us that you have changed your residential or postal address.

Replacement licence

Complete the application form if you need to replace your licence because it has been lost, stolen, defaced or destroyed, or because you have changed your name.

Conversion of interstate qualifications

Use the application form to convert your interstate issued qualifications to perform high risk work.