HRETDs mobile elevated works platform (MEWP or Cherry Picker) course details
Operate mobile elevating
works platforms
SAQA unit standard: 243272
Field: Services
NQF level:  02 (10 credits)
Maximum learners per group: Five learners
Novice training duration: Five days
Re-certification training duration: One day
HRETDs mobile elevated works platform (MEWP or Cherry Picker) course details
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Rock breakers
Tyre handler attachments
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Included in this mutimedia training programme The MEWP course is designed for both novice and experienced operators who may be expected to operate a Mobile Elevating Work Platform while performing their daily duties.

A learner accredited with this unit standard will be able to demonstrate knowledge of the functions of the MEWP and the start-up, shutdown and operating procedures for the machine.

Entry requirements

Candidates must be 18 years and over, holders of a Grade 10 certificate or equivalent qualification.

For any queries regarding the requirements and conditions of MEWP training, contact our skills development advisor for more information.

Construction plant operations

Each learner will receive

Mobile elevating works platform (MEWP or Cherry picker) operator training

Construction plant operations training

Course content

Getting to know the MEWP

We discuss types of MEWPs, component identification and proportional controls and features.

Basic mechanical appreciation

Legislation (Extracts from the OHS Act)

MEWP safety precautions

We outline the physical requirements for MEWP operators, as well as pre-operational, operational and parking/shutdown safety requirements and precautions, Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), while setting up the MEWP and refuelling of the truck/MEWP carrier.

Walk-around checks, start-up checks, shutdown and refueling procedures

Principles of leverage, centre of gravity and stability

Capacity charts and range diagrams

We take learners through the use of load charts, basic information obtained from charts and diagrams, definitions, range diagrams and safe operating areas.

Setting up the MEWP

We discuss proximity hazards, ground-bearing surface, outrigger blocking, procedures, precautions and considerations when operating in windy conditions.

Planning operations, conditions affecting stability, power line clearances and procedures after contact

We take learners through planning operations, factors affecting stability, working near power lines with a MEWP, contact between MEWP and power lines, communications between operator and the Banksman and the Beaufort wind scale.

Assessment methods

We conduct a formative theoretical assessment at the beginning of the course to gauge the learner’s initial understanding (novices only). At the end of the training, a summative theoretical and practical application assessment is conducted, to find if the learner is competent; if not, additional developmental areas are identified and suggested.

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CETA accreditedTraining programme accreditation

This training programme is registered and accredited by the Transport Education Training Authority (TETA) in accordance with the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA) unit standard 243272: Operate a Mobile Elevating Work Platform (MEWP).

HRETD certification policy

Provided that the entry requirements have been met, and the learner found competent to operate a mobile elevating work platform, the candidate will be issued with a certificate of competence that is valid for two years. Records are externally moderated quarterly by the Transport Education Training Authority (TETA) for quality and compliance purposes.

HRETD offers training programmes, from short skills courses to train the trainer courses. We specialise in legal compliance training that is accredited with the TETA and CETA when it comes to technical training, operator training, in service training and onsite training. Our assessors and facilitator trainers responsible for assessment, recertification and certification offer effective training that is Cost effective, competitively priced and affordable in the SADC region including Namibia. We also offer course development. For the transport and logistics industry we offer driver training, advanced driver training and Dangerous goods by road training, as well as diesel locomotive shunting and Fuel bowser training. Rigid heavy vehicle, tip truck, vehicle combination and Water cart training are also offered. When it comes to crane operations training, the lifting machines we specialise in are Heavy cranes and Mobile cranes, as well as Mobilifts, Cabin Overhead cranes, Pendant Overhead cranes and Single girder hoists. We also do Telescopic materials handler, sometimes called Telehandlers and Truck mounted cranes, sometimes called HIAB and Tower cranes. We train on a variety of lift trucks and forklift including counterbalanced lift truck, Advanced defined purpose lift trucks, defined purpose lift trucks and Side loader lift trucks. We also do rough terrain lift trucks, Reach trucks and Pedestrian stackers. Besides these, we also train on order pickers, Side loaders, Very narrow aisle lift trucks and Rail mounted stackers. We give a variety of lifting equipment and lifting operations training including Basic rigging, Banksman and Lifting equipment inspection. We also offer Safe lifting practise training. When it comes to earthmoving plant, we do articulated dump trucks, Concrete dumpers, Excavators and Face shovels. Also offered is Front end loaders, Graders and Rigid dump trucks. We specialise in training for Scrapers, Skid steer loaders and TLBs. Other earthmoving training includes Track type dozers, Tractors and Wheeled dozers (bulldozers). Tractor loader backhoe and dumpers are also offered. Our construction plant training courses includes Asphalt pavers, MEWP (also called cherry picker or mobile elevating works platform), rock breaker and jackhammer, rollers (road rollers) and Tyre handler attachments. When it comes to scaffolding training, we give scaffolding erecting and scaffold inspection – basically scaffolding safety which complies with SANS 10085 – 2004. Our health and safety training includes Construction Regulations 2014 overview or in depth, Construction site flagman and Excavation safety inspection. We also do Ladder inspection, Site safety awareness and Working at heights (also referred to as heights safety or fall arrest as well as Accident/incident investigation and Confined space entry. We offer accredited Fire fighting level 1 and Fire fighting level 2, as well as accredited First aid level 1 and First aid level 2 training. Other safety training we offer is General housekeeping, Handling HAZMAT and Health and safety rep (also called SHE rep and SHEQ), permissions training such as Hot work permissions, Lockout and isolation (also called Lockout Tagout training) We cover the OHS in depth and we have an overview course. We provide Stacking and storing and Stacking and storing HAZMAT (Hazardous materials) training. We train in powertools safety (correctly written power tools) such as Angle grinders, Boilermaking techniques (and welding and arc cutting), Cut-off saws and general Workshop safety including hand tools. When it comes to landscaping (both horticulture and agricultural), we offer Brush cutters, Chainsaws and Lawnmower training.
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