Crane Operator

Job Description

Crane Operators operate stationary or mobile cranes to lift, move and position heavy objects. Cranes are often located at wharves, shipyards and construction sites.

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To become a Crane Operator you’ll need a number of licences. You can achieve a trade outcome in mobile crane operations by successfully completing the Certificate III in Construction Crane Operations.

You’ll need to obtain a high risk work licence, working at heights accreditation, intermediate rigging accreditation and a dogging licence through Safe Work Australia.

You’ll need a White Card to enter construction sites anywhere in Australia, available through registered training organisations.

You’ll also need a Heavy Combination (HC) and Heavy Rigid (HR) truck licences. Check with your local traffic authority for more information.

Complete a Certificate III in Construction Crane Operations. This qualification has a strong focus on safety requirements given the high risk nature of the role, and prepares you to work in the residential and commercial construction industry.


  • Adaptable
  • Communicator
  • Flexible
  • Integrity
  • Self-Motivator
  • Team Player

Key Skills

  • Rigging
  • Working at Heights
  • Mining
  • Hydraulics

Future Prospects

You may like to think about moving on from this career, some transferable skills can be utilised in roles such as;