Elevated Work Platform / Boom Lift Course

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This course is designed to specifically fit the needs of the Oilsands Industry. Double-check that this is the right course for you. If you have any questions please call: (403) 202-2477 and we'd be happy to help!


This course is applicable to any worker who is operating Elevated Work Platforms on an OSSA or CSA member site. This can include, but is not limited to plumbers, electricians, steel workers, warehouse workers, construction workers and inspectors.

This course is consistent with the OSSA Fall Protection Standard, Alberta OH&S Code and CSA Guidelines.

Participants must have a valid Fall Protection certificate in order to complete this training.

Upon successful completion of the program each student will be issued an OSSA and CSA certificate that is valid for a period of 3 years.

Course Description

The Oil Sands Safety Association (OSSA) is a non-profit organization made up of representatives from Syncrude Canada, Suncor Energy, Shell Albian Sands and Canadian Natural Resources, as well as volunteer members from the labor providers, union, area contractors and learning providers.

The objective is to bring together the regional stakeholders to identify, develop and implement strategies and tools for purpose of creating “an incident free workforce”.

Participants required to utilize fall protection equipment must be trained and competent in its proper use, care and maintenance. This Fall Protection Training Standard has been established to guide the Training Provider on the minimum training program content requirements to meet the needs of the OSSA member companies.

An aerial work platform (AWP), also known as an aerial device, elevating work platform (EWP), or mobile elevating work platform (MEWP) is a mechanical device used to provide temporary access for people or equipment to inaccessible areas, usually at height. There are distinct types of mechanized access platforms and the individual types may also be known as a "cherry picker".

They are generally used for temporary, flexible access purposes such as maintenance and construction work or by firefighters for emergency access, which distinguishes them from permanent access equipment such as elevators. They are designed to lift limited weights — usually less than a ton, although some have a higher safe working load (SWL)[1] — distinguishing them from most types of cranes. They are usually capable of being set up and operated by a single person.

Due to the wide range of applications for this equipment, aerial lifts have become one of the most utilized pieces of equipment in industry. Hazards can include falls, contact with live wires, tipping and contact with structure resulting in worker injury.

Workers are required to have trained in the use of Elevated work platforms as legislated by the OH&S Code of Alberta and the OSSA Elevated Work Platform standard.

This 8 hour OSSA Elevated Work Platform course will allow you to understand the hazards, operation, maintenance and legislation associated with this type of equipment.

Course Objectives

  • Legislation and Standards as they relate to Elevated Work Platforms
  • Employer and Worker Responsibilities
  • Elements of Pre-Work Planning
  • Load Limitations and Calculations
  • Stability
  • Pre-Use Check and Visual Inspection
  • Personal Protective Equipment Requirements
  • System Components
  • Working from Heights
  • Platform Types
  • Machine Specific Features
  • Safe Operation
  • The Training and Competency requirements
  • Rescue and Escape Planning
  • Recognition, Evaluation and Control of Hazards

Available Classes

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