HRETDs tower cranes (top or bottom slewing) training course details
Operate bottom
or top slewing tower cranes
SAQA unit standard: 116255 (NCOP codes: C41 or C42)
Field: Physical Planning and Construction
NQF level:  02 (20 credits)
Maximum learners per group: Four learners
Novice training duration: Five days
Re-certification training duration: One day
HRETDs tower cranes (top or bottom slewing) training course details
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Included in this mutimedia training programme The tower crane course is designed for both novice and experienced operators. Learners who meet the specific outcomes and assessment criteria will be permitted to operate a code C41 and/or C42 tower crane, up to a rated capacity stipulated on the certificate issued.

A learner accredited with this unit standard will be able to demonstrate an integrated practical and theoretical grounding in crane operations according to safe handling and maintenance practices in compliance with crane manufacturers and legislated standards.

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 tower crane training, feel free to contact our skills development advisor for more information.

Materials handling and lifting operations training

Each learner will receive

Top / bottom slewing tower crane training for operators

Tower crane training for operators

Course content

Introduction to tower cranes

We discuss with learners how to identify the different types of cranes and explain how a tower crane functions.

Legislation and general safety of tower cranes

We explain the different applicable legislation, what Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) is required and the physical requirements required by tower crane operators.

Tower crane components and checks

We identify the different components of the tower crane, explain how to check the different tower crane components and conduct the pre-operating checks.

Tower crane principles and safety

We explain the relevant principles associated with tower cranes, explain the basic safety rules applicable to tower crane operation and demonstrate the tower crane communicating hand signals.

Tower crane operation

We explain the relevant functions of the tower crane, demonstrate how to perform the relevant functions, explain what aspects to consider when operating a tower crane and how to erect a tower crane.

Lifting gear, slinging operations and handling loads

We explain the principle of centre of gravity, demonstrate how to sling different loads, explain the different qualities and safe operation of different types of slings and the correct methods of handling different loads.

Professional operator’s attitude

We explain why a professional operator should have a positive attitude to his/her work, what is considered a positive and good attitude, why a professional operator must be a team player, why a professional operator should be able to identify and solve problems and why a professional operator should be able to communicate in the work place.

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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Accredited by the Transport Education Training Authority (TETA)Training 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 116255: Operate a Tower Crane.

HRETD certification policy

Provided that the entry requirements have been met, and the learner found competent to operate a tower crane, 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. 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.
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