Unit of competency details

TLID3307C - Operate a vehicle-mounted loading crane (Release 1)


Usage recommendation:
Is superseded by and equivalent to TLID3033A - Operate a vehicle-mounted loading crane06/Mar/2011

Release Status:
ReleaseRelease date
1 1 (this release) 14/Jul/2010


SchemeCodeClassification value
ASCED Module/Unit of Competency Field of Education Identifier 030717 Plant And Machine Operations  

Classification history

SchemeCodeClassification valueStart dateEnd date
ASCED Module/Unit of Competency Field of Education Identifier 030717 Plant And Machine Operations  25/Nov/2008 
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Modification History

Not applicable.

Unit Descriptor

This unit involves the skills and knowledge required to operate a vehicle-mounted loading crane to shift loads, including positioning and stabilising the crane, operating the vehicle-mounted crane, monitoring lift conditions, packing up the crane after operations, and completing all required job records.

Application of the Unit

Work must be carried out in compliance with the licence/permit requirements and regulations of the relevant state/territory authorities pertaining to vehicle-mounted loading cranes.

Work is performed under general supervision. It involves the application of routine principles and procedures to the operation of a vehicle-mounted loading crane in a variety of operational contexts.

Licensing/Regulatory Information

Not applicable.


Not applicable.

Employability Skills Information

The required outcomes described in this unit of competency contain applicable facets of Employability Skills. The Employability Skills Summary of the qualification in which this competency is packaged will assist in identifying employability skill requirements.

Elements and Performance Criteria Pre-Content

Elements describe the essential outcomes of a unit of competency.

Performance criteria describe the required performance needed to demonstrate achievement of the element. Assessment of performance is to be consistent with the evidence guide.

Elements and Performance Criteria

Elements and Performance Criteria 


Performance Criteria 


Position and stabilise crane 


Crane is driven to position as per job plan to ensure safe operation in accordance with applicable Australian standards, codes of practice, manufacturers specifications and, where applicable, regulatory and local government requirements


Where appropriate, barriers, fencing, temporary boundaries, signage and the like are used to isolate working area in accordance with safe working practice and lift requirements


Ground is checked to ensure it is firm enough to bear the load


Appropriate plates or packing are correctly used to adequately distribute the load


Any outriggers and stabilisers are correctly deployed and positioned in accordance with manufacturers instructions and the appropriate Australian standard and other relevant statutory regulations or local authority requirements


Outrigger packing is checked for adequacy prior to and after load is taken


Operate vehicle-mounted crane 


Planned hazard control strategies are implemented


Required signals are correctly given, interpreted and followed in accordance with appropriate Australian standards


Load mass is assessed and correlated with lifting capacity of crane throughout proposed radii of operation


Appropriate lifting gear is selected and load secured


Load is hoisted and lowered into position using crane movements in accordance with the appropriate Australian standard


Crane controls are operated smoothly


Crane is shut down and secured during periods of non-operation according to manufacturers specifications and workplace procedures


Monitor lift conditions 


Load is constantly monitored to ensure load and structural stability


Conditions which may affect the continuing stability of the crane are identified and monitored


Unplanned situations are responded to in line with workplace procedures in a manner that minimises risk to personnel and equipment


Advice is sought from supervisor where there is doubt about correct response to unanticipated conditions, or conflict with customer request


Supervisor/allocator is advised of any concern about completing the job within timeframe


Shut-down procedures are implemented in accordance with manufacturers instructions in the event of an emergency


The relevant motion locks and brakes are applied


Crane is shut down using the correct sequence of procedures in accordance with manufacturers specifications and workplace procedures


Routine post-operational equipment checks are carried out in accordance with manufacturers specifications


Pack up crane 


All lifting equipment and crane components are checked for any signs of deterioration or damage in accordance with the appropriate Australian standard


Damaged or worn equipment is segregated and reported to an authorised person for testing/repair/destruction


Crane equipment is correctly stowed and secured in accordance with manufacturers instructions and the appropriate Australian standard


Crane is immobilised and secured for travel in accordance with manufacturers instructions, workplace guidelines and regulatory requirements


Complete job records 


Customer feedback is sought regarding satisfaction with the completed job and any areas of concern reported according to workplace procedures


Customer's signature on job completion documentation is obtained


Required workplace records are updated accurately and promptly and processed according to workplace procedures

Required Skills and Knowledge


This describes the essential knowledge and skills and their level required for this unit.

Required knowledge :

Relevant road rules, regulations, permit and licence requirements pertaining to mobile crane operation

Relevant OH&S and environmental procedures and regulations

Mobile crane applications, capacities, configurations, safety hazards and control mechanisms

Operational procedures for crane crews

Prioritising and multi-tasking work

Company work procedures concerning the setting up and rigging of a mobile crane at a work site

Problems that may arise when operating a vehicle-mounted loading crane and actions that should be taken to prevent or solve them

Focus of operation of work systems and equipment

Application of relevant agreements, codes of practice or other legislative requirements

Required skills :

Communicate effectively with others when operating a vehicle-mounted loading crane

Read and interpret instructions, procedures, information and signs relevant to the operation of a vehicle-mounted loading crane

Interpret and follow operational instructions and prioritise work

Complete documentation related to the operation of a vehicle-mounted loading crane

Operate electronic communication equipment to required protocol

Work collaboratively with others when operating a vehicle-mounted loading crane

Adapt appropriately to cultural differences in the workplace, including modes of behaviour and interactions with others

Promptly report and/or rectify any identified problems, faults or malfunctions that may occur when operating a vehicle-mounted loading crane in accordance with regulatory requirements and workplace procedures

Implement contingency plans for unanticipated situations that may arise when operating a vehicle-mounted loading crane

Apply precautions and required action to minimise, control or eliminate hazards that may exist during the operation of a vehicle-mounted loading crane

Plan own work including predicting consequences and identifying improvements

Monitor work activities in terms of planned schedule

Modify activities depending on differing operational contingencies, risk situations and environments

Apply fatigue management knowledge and techniques

Work systematically with required attention to detail without injury to self or others, or damage to goods or equipment

Operate and adapt to differences in equipment in accordance with standard operating procedures

Select and use required personal protective equipment conforming to industry and OH&S standards

Monitor performance of crane and its equipment and take appropriate action where required

Service equipment in terms of maintenance schedule and standard operating procedures

Check and replenish fluids and carry out lubrication processes in the course of work activities

Evidence Guide

The evidence guide provides advice on assessment and must be read in conjunction with the performance criteria, required knowledge and skills, the range statement and the assessment guidelines for this Training Package.

Critical aspects for assessment and evidence required to demonstrate competency in this unit 

The evidence required to demonstrate competency in this unit must be relevant to and satisfy all of the requirements of the elements and performance criteria of this unit and include demonstration of applying:

the underpinning knowledge and skills

relevant legislation and workplace procedures

other relevant aspects of the range statement

Context of and specific resources for assessment 

Performance is demonstrated consistently over a period of time and in a suitable range of contexts

Resources for assessment include:

a range of relevant exercises, case studies and other simulated practical and knowledge assessment, and/or

access to an appropriate range of relevant operational situations in the workplace

In both real and simulated environments, access is required to:

relevant and appropriate materials and/or equipment, and/or

applicable documentation including workplace procedures, regulations, codes of practice and operation manuals

Method of assessment 

Assessment of this unit must be undertaken by a registered training organisation

As a minimum, assessment of knowledge must be conducted through appropriate written/oral tests

Practical assessment must occur:

through appropriately simulated activities at the registered training organisation, and/or

in an appropriate range of situations in the workplace

Range Statement


The range statement relates to the unit of competency as a whole. It allows for different work environments and situations that may affect performance.

Operations may be conducted:

day or night

in a variety of weather conditions

Environment may include movement of:




vehicular traffic

Customers may be:

internal or external

Mobile crane may be involved in work in a range of industry sectors including:

construction and demolition




primary industry

utilities (electricity, gas, water)


swimming pool


Hazards may include:

power lines

noise, light, energy sources

overhead service lines

surrounding buildings, structures, facilities

underground services


uneven or unstable ground and recently filled trenches

stationary and moving machinery and equipment

hazardous or dangerous materials

traffic hazards and congestion

Hazard management is:

consistent with the principle of hierarchy of control with elimination, substitution, isolation and engineering control measures being selected before safe working practices and personal protective equipment

Consultative processes may involve:

other employees and supervisors


union representatives


industrial relations and OH&S specialists

other professional or technical staff

Requirements for access and/or lift may include:

site restrictions and procedures

authorities and permits

hours of operation


slings, chains, nets, brackets and other specialised lifting equipment

noise restrictions

personal protective equipment

support trucks

additional gear and equipment

communications equipment

Personal protective equipment may include:


safety headwear and footwear

sunscreen, sunglasses and safety glasses

two-way radios

high visibility clothing

Depending on the type of organisation concerned and the local terminology used, workplace procedures may include:

company procedures

enterprise procedures

organisational procedures

established procedures

site procedures

Documentation/records may include:

operations manuals for vehicle-mounted loading cranes

Safe Working Load (SWL) and Working Load Limit (WLL)

material safety data sheets

induction documentation

competency standards and training materials

job specifications and procedures

manufacturers specifications for vehicle-mounted loading cranes

workplace operating procedures and policies

supplier and/or client instructions

communications technology equipment, oral, aural or signed communications

personal and work area work procedures and practices

conditions of service, legislation and industrial agreements including:

workplace agreements and awards

occupational health and safety procedures

standards and certification requirements

quality assurance procedures

emergency procedures

Applicable procedures and codes may include:

relevant state/territory regulations and licence/permit requirements pertaining to vehicle-mounted loading cranes

relevant state/territory road rules

relevant state/territory OH&S legislation

relevant state/territory fatigue management regulations

relevant state/territory environmental protection legislation

Unit Sector(s)

Not applicable.

Competency Field

D - Load Handling