How to Select an EWP Course?

You need to have a unique skill set to operate an elevated work platform or EWP. There are many safety procedures that you will need to follow. In this article, we will explain some of the considerations when it comes to choosing a EWP course.

You have to consider your specific requirements when choosing the right EWP training. You may need different EWP certifications depending on your job role. So you need to consider what your responsibilities are and the specific type of EWP you are going to operate when choosing the course. There will also be specific safety regulations and legislations when it comes to your region.

You will need to check what these specifications are and choose a course that aligns with them. There are different types of EWPs such as boom lifts, scissor lifts etc. so you have to ask what type of EWP you will need to operate before selecting a course that best fits your job scope. There are many training providers for this so you need to check whether they are accredited by the relevant industry bodies or authorities. This will ensure that the training you undergo is recognised within the industry.

You will have to check the duration for the EWP course and the format

For example, there are courses that are conducted in one day while others will take multiple days. You need to makes sure that the important topics are covered during the course and you receive a depth of training suited to the workplace requirements. You can also check whether the course is provided in a classroom setting or whether online formats are available. There are also courses that have a combined approach. You need to consider what approach is possible with your schedule and learning preferences. When searching for EWP courses online, you can check out the curriculum included for the course. You can then compare the curriculums of courses offered by different providers. You need to make sure that the relevant topics are covered such as safety procedures, operation of equipment, and compliance with legal and regulatory standards, maintenance and inspections. The safety protocols should include risk assessment and hazard identification.

Hands-on training with actual equipment can be very useful

This allows you to have a better understanding of theoretical knowledge and you will be able to build muscle memory ensuring safe operation of the EWP. You need to check beforehand whether practical training time is included in the course so that you have sufficient time to apply the concepts you have learned under an experienced instructor in a controlled environment. You can also check the qualifications of the instructor and whether they have the right certifications and experience. Check whether practical and theoretical assessments are included in the course and whether the certification you receive from this is recognised in your region and industry. There will be course reviews from previous participants so you can read this to get an idea of the quality of instruction and their overall satisfaction.

Hester Griffith
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