Mobile Elevating Work Platform (Electricity Industry)

The course enables students through knowledge and skills to plan MEWP activities, establish safe a work site and carry out MEWP operations in a electrical supply environment using current industry best practice.


Upon successful completion of this course and all required evidence (as per trainee assessment pack), students will be issued with a certificate.

Unit Standard: 18272 L3 C5 V4 (plus other MEWP unit standards optional including 23966 V2)

Course Content

The course focuses on:

  • Operator legal requirements, responsibilities and Codes of Practice.
  • Workplace hazard management and control.
  • Planning and establishing MEWP site operations.
  • Pre-start operations of MEWP’s.
  • PPE associated with operating an MEWP.
  • Load limitations of a MEWP.
  • Traffic management plans.
  • Emergency procedures and plans.
  • Operation of an MEWP within an electricity supply environment.
  • Shutting down and making safe a MEWP.

Learning Outcomes

  • At the end of this course, students will be able to:
  • Demonstrate knowledge of MEWP operations within an electricity supply environment following the manufacturer’s recommendations and within the machine’s intended specifications.
  • Plan an MEWP operation.
  • Establish an MEWP work site..
  • Operate a MEWP.
  • Report work on MEWP operation in the electricity supply environment, in accordance with industry requirements.

Course structure

The course is a combination of theoretical, practical sessions and the collection of required evidence. Students are assessed continuously during the course.

Course prerequisites

NZQA US10507 is the prerequisite for US18272. US23966 is the prerequisite for practical machinery MEWP machinery unit standards. The student must have experience operating a MEWP in the electrical industry under supervision before they can undertake this course. If a student is deemed inexperienced/not safe at any time during training, training will cease, and no fees reimbursed.

Assessment process

Theory assessment followed by practical assessment which takes place when student is ready/has shown that they can perform all tasks required. To achieve US18272 there is a requirement to have three different observations take place on MEWP operations; two must occur naturally on-job in an electrical environment and are usually signed off by an approved supervisor. The assessor will usually observe the last operation and is a simulation.


To maintain current competency, it is recommended that refresher training occurs regularly. Depending on the industry you work in this may vary. Current Wood Training recommen- dation is every three years.

Required equipment 

  • Allocated training area.
  • Certified EWP.

All PPE will be supplied for activity taking place at Manadon St but students must supply their own safety boots.

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Course Length

1 Day. Additional time needed if requesting other units.


Wood Training Centre
26 Manadon St
New Plymouth

or at customer premises.


Contact Wood Training for pricing options.

Group rates available

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Meet The Trainers

Bob Korewha

Bob Korewha

Bob Korewha

There isn’t much that Bob can’t drive or operate.  Bob is a MITO, and Connexis registered assessor, a Competenz registered Forklift Trainer and an NZTA approved assessor.  Bob started his career as a Driver/Operator within the Transport and Building Industries and has spent the last 20 years training people on safe driving and operating equipment.  He believes in giving the right information to the candidate so that they can make the right decisions out there in the workplace, that teaching the safe use of heavy machinery includes a strong approach to forming a safety culture at their workplace so that the operator goes home safe every day.

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