Qualification details

CPC32912 - Certificate III in Construction Crane Operations (Release 1)


Usage recommendation:
Is superseded by and equivalent to CPC32920 - Certificate III in Construction Crane OperationsSupersedes and is equivalent to CPC32912 Certificate III in Construction Crane Operations. 26/Nov/2020

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(View details for release 2) 17/Jan/2017
1 (this release) 07/Feb/2013

Training packages that include this qualification

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Units of competency

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TLIB3013A - Maintain mobile cranesMaintain mobile cranesSupersededCore
TLIB3015A - Undertake site inspectionUndertake site inspectionSupersededCore
BSBCUS301B - Deliver and monitor a service to customersDeliver and monitor a service to customersSupersededCore
CPCCCM1013A - Plan and organise workPlan and organise workSupersededCore
TLILIC2016A - Licence to drive heavy rigid vehicleLicence to drive heavy rigid vehicleSupersededCore
TLIF2006A - Apply accident-emergency proceduresApply accident-emergency proceduresSupersededCore
CPCCCM3001C - Operate elevated work platformsOperate elevated work platformsSupersededCore
CPCCCM2001A - Read and interpret plans and specificationsRead and interpret plans and specificationsSupersededCore
CPCCCM1014A - Conduct workplace communicationConduct workplace communicationSupersededCore
CPCCCM1015A - Carry out measurements and calculationsCarry out measurements and calculationsSupersededElective
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SchemeCodeClassification value
ANZSCO Identifier 712111 Crane, Hoist Or Lift Operator 
ASCO (occupation type) Identifier 7122-11 Crane, Hoist Or Lift Operator 
ASCED Qualification/Course Field of Education Identifier 0307 Mechanical And Industrial Engineering And Technology 
Qualification/Course Level of Education Identifier 514 Certificate III 
Taxonomy - Industry Sector N/A Building and Construction 
Taxonomy - Occupation N/A Crane Operator 

Classification history

SchemeCodeClassification valueStart dateEnd date
ANZSCO Identifier 712111 Crane, Hoist Or Lift Operator 07/Aug/2013 
ASCO (occupation type) Identifier 7122-11 Crane, Hoist Or Lift Operator 07/Aug/2013 
ASCED Qualification/Course Field of Education Identifier 0307 Mechanical And Industrial Engineering And Technology 07/Aug/2013 
Qualification/Course Level of Education Identifier 514 Certificate III 07/Feb/2013 
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Modification History




This version first released with CPC08 Version 8.


This qualification provides a trade outcome in mobile crane operations in the residential and commercial construction industry. Due to the high risk nature of the job role, the qualification provides a strong focus on safety requirements.

Occupational titles may include:

  • licensed crane operator.

The qualification has core unit of competency requirements that cover common skills, as well as specialist skills for crane operators in two specialist streams:

  • Stream 1 20 tonne (C2) licence
  • Stream 2 60 tonne (C6) licence.

Additional licensing for rigging and elevated work platforms is available depending on the choice of elective units of competency.

The construction industry strongly affirms that training and assessment leading to recognition of skills must be undertaken in a real or very closely simulated workplace environment and this qualification requires all units of competency to be delivered in this context.

Completion of the general induction training program specified by the National Code of Practice for Induction Training for Construction Work (ASCC 2007) is required before entering a construction work site. Achievement of unit CPCCOHS1001A covers this requirement.

Pathways Information

The following CPC08 qualifications provide a pathway into this qualification:

  • CPC20112 Certificate II in Construction
  • CPC30211 Certificate III in Carpentry
  • CPC30511 Certificate III in Dogging
  • CPC30711 Certificate III in Rigging.

Licensing/Regulatory Information

This qualification is recognised by the Crane Industry Council of Australia as entry-level national training for crane operators and is suitable for a traineeship.

This is a licensed occupation. Users should check requirements with their relevant licensing authority.

Entry Requirements

Not applicable.

Employability Skills Summary

Employability skill 

Industry/enterprise requirements for this qualification include: 


  • exchanges information with other team members in a way that contributes to safe, productive and harmonious relations
  • communicates at various stages with a range of site workers and visitors, including crane operators and dogmen, building tradespersons, work health and safety inspectors, local utility providers, and the general public
  • communicates ideas and information


  • works in tandem with dogmen
  • works as a team with other construction workers to minimise accidents
  • works effectively and sustainably with others in the construction industry

Problem solving 

  • applies a broad range of techniques to solve logistic and safety problems when transporting and using cranes on work site

Initiative and enterprise 

  • adapts to new situations
  • generates options in response to site inspections and project briefs
  • applies fatigue management strategies

Planning and organising 

  • reallocates crane usage depending on available labour, weather and material delivery schedule
  • collects and analyses construction site information
  • plans and undertakes site inspections
  • manages time and priorities as part of fatigue management strategies

Self management 

  • manages own professional development by setting personal goals
  • evaluates and monitors own performance and takes responsibility for own actions
  • selects and uses appropriate personal protective equipment


  • contributes to ongoing improvement in own and company operations and outcomes
  • contributes to the learning community in the workplace
  • invests time and effort in learning new skills to accommodate change


  • carries out work tasks using the latest techniques and technology to ensure greater efficiency and productivity
  • demonstrates proficiency with computer consoles on modern cranes
  • uses a range of devices and media when communicating

Packaging Rules

To achieve this qualification, the candidate must demonstrate competency in:

  • 23 units of competency:
  • 20 core units
  • 3 elective units.

Some units in this qualification have prerequisite requirements, which must be met when packaging the qualification. Users are referred to the list of CPC08 units with prerequisite unit requirements available in this Training Package for this purpose.

Core units 


Deliver and monitor a service to customers


Work effectively and sustainably in the construction industry


Plan and organise work


Conduct workplace communication


Read and interpret plans and specifications


Handle construction materials


Work safely at heights


Operate elevated work platforms


Work safely around power sources, services and assets


Perform crane scheduling


Licence to perform dogging


Apply OHS requirements, policies and procedures in the construction industry


Set up and rig crane for lift


Maintain mobile cranes


Undertake site inspection


Apply accident-emergency procedures


Apply fatigue management strategies


Follow mobile crane safety procedures


Licence to drive heavy rigid vehicle*


Stream 1 20 tonne (C2) licence 


Licence to operate a slewing mobile crane (up to 20 tonnes)


Stream 2 60 tonne (C6) licence 


Licence to operate a slewing mobile crane (up to 60 tonnes)

* It is a prerequisite of the core unit TLILIC2016A Licence to drive heavy rigid vehicle that candidates hold a current Class C drivers licence (for at least 2 years).

Elective units 


Carry out measurements and calculations


Perform dogging


Licence to perform rigging basic level


Perform basic rigging


Perform intermediate rigging


Licence to operate a boom-type elevated work platform (boom length 11 meters or more)

Custom Content Section

Not applicable.