Certificate III in Construction Crane Operations

This qualification provides a trade outcome in mobile crane operations in the residential and commercial construction industry. Due to the high risk nature of the job role, the qualification provides a strong focus on safety requirements.

Occupational titles may include:

licensed crane operator.

The qualification has core unit of competency requirements that cover common skills, as well as specialist skills for crane operators in two specialist streams:

Stream 1 20 tonne (C2) licence

Stream 2 60 tonne (C6) licence.

Additional licensing for rigging and elevated work platforms is available depending on the choice of elective units of competency.

The construction industry strongly affirms that training and assessment leading to recognition of skills must be undertaken in a real or very closely simulated workplace environment and this qualification requires all units of competency to be delivered in this context.

Completion of the general induction training program specified by the National Code of Practice for Induction Training for Construction Work (ASCC 2007) is required before entering a construction work site. Achievement of unit CPCCOHS1001A covers this requirement.


To achieve this qualification, the candidate must demonstrate competency in:

23 units of competency:

20 core units

3 elective units.

Some units in this qualification have prerequisite requirements, which must be met when packaging the qualification. Users are referred to the list of add topic CPC08 units with prerequisite unit requirements available in this Training Package for this purpose.

Core units

add topic BSBCUS301B

Deliver and monitor a service to customers

add topic CPCCCM1012A

Work effectively and sustainably in the construction industry

add topic CPCCCM1013A

Plan and organise work

add topic CPCCCM1014A

Conduct workplace communication

add topic CPCCCM2001A

Read and interpret plans and specifications

add topic CPCCCM2004A

Handle construction materials

add topic CPCCCM2010B

Work safely at heights

add topic CPCCCM3001C

Operate elevated work platforms

add topic CPCCCM3003A

Work safely around power sources, services and assets

add topic CPCCDO3012A

Perform crane scheduling

add topic CPCCLDG3001A

Licence to perform dogging

add topic CPCCOHS2001A

Apply OHS requirements, policies and procedures in the construction industry

add topic TLIB3011A

Set up and rig crane for lift

add topic TLIB3013A

Maintain mobile cranes

add topic TLIB3015A

Undertake site inspection

add topic TLIF2006A

Apply accident-emergency procedures

add topic TLIF2010A

Apply fatigue management strategies

add topic TLIF3084A

Follow mobile crane safety procedures

add topic TLILIC2016A

Licence to drive heavy rigid vehicle*


Stream 1 20 tonne (C2) licence

add topic TLILIC3008A

Licence to operate a slewing mobile crane (up to 20 tonnes)


Stream 2 60 tonne (C6) licence

add topic TLILIC4009A

Licence to operate a slewing mobile crane (up to 60 tonnes)

* It is a prerequisite of the core unit add topic TLILIC2016A Licence to drive heavy rigid vehicle that candidates hold a current Class C drivers licence (for at least 2 years).

Elective units

add topic CPCCCM1015A

Carry out measurements and calculations

add topic CPCCDO3011A

Perform dogging

add topic CPCCLRG3001A

Licence to perform rigging basic level

add topic CPCCRI3012A

Perform basic rigging

add topic CPCCRI3013A

Perform intermediate rigging

add topic TLILIC2005

Licence to operate a boom-type elevated work platform (boom length 11 meters or more)


    The following CPC08 qualifications provide a pathway into this qualification:

    CPC20112 Certificate II in Construction

    CPC30211 Certificate III in Carpentry

    CPC30511 Certificate III in Dogging

    CPC30711 Certificate III in Rigging.

Entry Requirements

Not applicable.

Licensing Information

This qualification is recognised by the Crane Industry Council of Australia as entry-level national training for crane operators and is suitable for a traineeship.

This is a licensed occupation. Users should check requirements with their relevant licensing authority.

Employability Skills

Employability skill

Industry/enterprise requirements for this qualification include:


exchanges information with other team members in a way that contributes to safe, productive and harmonious relations

communicates at various stages with a range of site workers and visitors, including crane operators and dogmen, building tradespersons, work health and safety inspectors, local utility providers, and the general public

communicates ideas and information


works in tandem with dogmen

works as a team with other construction workers to minimise accidents

works effectively and sustainably with others in the construction industry

Problem solving

applies a broad range of techniques to solve logistic and safety problems when transporting and using cranes on work site

Initiative and enterprise

adapts to new situations

generates options in response to site inspections and project briefs

applies fatigue management strategies

Planning and organising

reallocates crane usage depending on available labour, weather and material delivery schedule

collects and analyses construction site information

plans and undertakes site inspections

manages time and priorities as part of fatigue management strategies

Self management

manages own professional development by setting personal goals

evaluates and monitors own performance and takes responsibility for own actions

selects and uses appropriate personal protective equipment


contributes to ongoing improvement in own and company operations and outcomes

contributes to the learning community in the workplace

invests time and effort in learning new skills to accommodate change


carries out work tasks using the latest techniques and technology to ensure greater efficiency and productivity

demonstrates proficiency with computer consoles on modern cranes

uses a range of devices and media when communicating