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High risk work licences


A Licence to Perform High Risk Work is recognised all around Australia as part of a national licensing system and is required for the following kinds of work:

Please review our guide for applicants before making an application.

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 undertake the appropriate training. To find a Registered Training Organisation (RTO) search training.gov.au.

Once you have completed your training, you will be assessed by an Assessor who is accredited with us. Accredited Assessors must be affiliated with RTOs, so your assessment may be arranged for you. Select an Accredited Assessors by category of High Risk Work.

The Assessor will ask you to sign a declaration that you are over 18 years of age and have not previously been issued with a Licence for this class of work.

During your assessment, you will undertake a theory (written) exam and a practical test. Upon completion, your Assessor will provide you with written feedback about your results. This is your Assessment Summary.

If you have a successful assessment, your Accredited Assessor will provide you with 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.

If you already hold a Licence to Perform High Risk Work and are adding a new class, the Accredited Assessor will issue you with an invoice for the new class.

Paying for your licence

Pay the invoice at 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 show 100 points of identification, provide your Tax Invoice, provide a sample signature and have your photograph taken. Your application will be processed and your new Licence to Perform High Risk Work card will be posted to you.

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.

Please ensure that all of your details are correct on the Tax Invoice prior to paying.

Keep your receipt as evidence of payment until you receive your Licence.

Evidence of identity requirements

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

Classes of high risk work

Classes of high risk work which need accreditation by an assessor
Licence class Licence code Competency unit VET accredited course
Basic scaffolding SB CPCCSC2002A Licence to erect, alter and dismantle scaffolding basic level
Intermediate scaffolding SI CPCCSC3001A Licence to erect, alter and dismantle scaffolding intermediate levels
Advanced scaffolding SA CPCCSC4001A Licence to erect, alter and dismantle scaffolding basic, intermediate and advanced levels
Dogging DG CPCCLDG3001A Licence to perform dogging
Basic rigging RB CPCCRI3012A Licence to perform dogging; and Licence to perform rigging basic level
Intermediate rigging RI CPCCRI3013A Licence to perform dogging; and Licence to perform rigging at basic and intermediate levels
Advanced rigging RA CPCCBC4045A Licence to perform dogging; and Licence to perform rigging at basis, intermediate and advance levels
Tower crane CT CPCCLTC4001A Licence to operate a tower crane
Self-erecting tower crane CS CPCCLTC4002A Licence to operate a self-erecting tower crane
Derrick crane CD TLILIC3004 Licence to operate a derrick crane
Portal boom crane CP TLILIC3007 Licence to operate a portal boom crane
Bridge and gantry crane CB TLILIC3003 Licence to operate a bridge and gantry crane
Vehicle loading crane CV TLILIC0012 Licence to operate a vehicle loading crane (capacity 10 metre tonnes and above)
Non-slewing mobile crane CN TLILIC3006 Licence to operate a non-slewing mobile crane (greater than 3 tonnes capacity)
Slewing mobile crane —with a capacity up to 20 tonnes C2 TLILIC3008 Licence to operate a slewing mobile crane (up to 20 tonnes)
Slewing mobile crane —with a capacity up to 60 tonnes C6 TLILIC4009 Licence to operate a slewing mobile crane (up to 60 tonnes)
Slewing mobile crane —with a capacity up to 100 tonnes C1 TLILIC4010 Licence to operate a slewing mobile crane (up to 100 tonnes)
Slewing mobile crane —with a capacity over 100 tonnes C0 TLILIC4011 Licence to operate a slewing mobile crane (over 100 tonnes)
Materials hoist HM CPCCLHS3002A License to operate a materials hoist
Personnel and materials hoist HP CPCCLHS3001A Licence to operate a personnel and materials hoist
Boom-type elevating work platform WP TLILIC2005 Licence to operate a boom-type elevating work platform (boom length 11 metres or more)
Concrete placing boom PB CPCCLBM3001 Licence to conduct concrete boom delivery operations
Reach stacker RS TLILIC3019 Licence to operate a reach stacker of greater than 3 tonne capacity
Forklift truck LF TLILIC2001 Licence to operate a forklift truck
Order-picking forklift truck LO TLILIC2002 Licence to operate an order picking forklift truck
Standard boiler operation BS MSABLIC001 Licence to operate a standard boiler
Advanced boiler operation BA MSABLIC002 Licence to operate a standard boiler and advanced boilers
Turbine operation TO UEPOPL001A Licence to operate a turbine
Reciprocating steam engine operation ES UEPOPL002A Licence to operate a reciprocating steam engine

Crane licence classes

Under High Risk Work licensing, all mobile cranes follow a hierarchy which allows for a person qualified in a higher class is also licensed to operate the classes 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 100 tonnes)

C1

Slewing
mobile crane
(up to 100 tonnes)

C6

Slewing
mobile crane
(up to 60 tonnes)

C2

Slewing
mobile crane
(up to 20 tonnes)

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
  1. Vehicle loading crane – (Class CV)

    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.

  2. Non-slewing mobile crane – (Class CN)

    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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Dogging and rigging work classes

To get a new qualification in dogging and/or rigging work you must undertake appropriate training and be assessed as competent by an assessor who is accredited with SafeWork SA.

There are four classes of dogging and rigging work.

Dogging (Class DG)

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.

Basic rigging (Class RB)

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)

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)

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 operation classes

To get a new qualification in forklift operation you must undertake appropriate training and be assessed as competent by an assessor who is accredited with SafeWork SA.

There are two classes of forklift operation:

Forklift truck (Class LF)

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)

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.

Pressure equipment classes

To get a new qualification in pressure equipment operation you must undertake appropriate training and be assessed as competent by an assessor who is accredited with SafeWork SA.

The classes for operating pressure equipment are:

Standard boiler operation (Class BS)

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)

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)

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)

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

Scaffolding work classes

To get a new qualification in scaffolding work you must undertake appropriate training and be assessed as competent by an PDF iconassessor who is accredited with SafeWork SA.

There are three classes of scaffolding work:

Basic scaffolding (Class SB)

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)

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
  • mask climbing work platforms
  • tube and coupler scaffolds (including tube and coupler covered ways and gantries)

Advanced scaffolding (SA)

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

Load shifting

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

Licence validation

You can easily check if a worker's High Risk Work Licence is valid.

You should check that the licence:

  • has not expired
  • includes the relevant classes
  • has the correct photo and name of the worker.

Use the High Risk Work Licence Validation tool by entering a few details that are available on the card:

  • Licence Number
  • Date of Birth
  • Last Name

If it is a valid South Australian ssued licence, the results will include the Expiry Date and the Classes of work.

If you have any concerns or queries regarding the results, please contact SafeWork SA on 1300 365 255.

Pre-high risk work licences

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.

Change of address notification

Use this form if you need to advise us that you have changed your residential or postal address.

Form: High risk work licence - Change of address form.pdf

Fee: Nil

Conversion of interstate qualifications

Use this form to convert your interstate issued qualifications to the Licence to Perform High Risk Work.

Form: High risk work - Application for conversion of interstate licence.pdf

Fee: $78