Why should you get Aerial Work Platform training?

Aerial Work Platforms (AWPs) have replaced ladders and scaffolding on many job sites and are used in a variety of industrial and construction settings.  Having properly trained operators in your company is not only a good idea, it’s also the law.  It is a violation of Federal law for anyone who is not properly trained and certified by their employer to operate an aerial work platform.  Further, an operator should be retrained if an accident occurs during AWP use, if workplace hazards involving an AWP are discovered, or if a different type of AWP is used.   Employers are also required to retrain workers who they observe operating an AWP improperly.  (OSHA Regulation 29 CFR 1926.453 & 1910.67).

What does USTC offer?

USTC can provide OSHA compliant training at your facility.  In accordance with OSHA Regulation 29 CFR 1926.453 Aerial Lift and 1910.67 Vehicle-mounted elevating and rotating work platforms, USTC will provide both classroom and practical training on the following topics:

Classroom training:

  • Equipment types & proper applications
  • Safe operation principles according to lift manufactures
  • OSHA regulations
  • Electrical hazards
  • General site hazards
  • Inspection and preventive maintenance procedures
  • Equipment load charts & deductions
  • Job site PPE requirements
  • Fall protection requirements and proper use of fall protection

A written exam will follow the classroom portion of the training. 

Practical field training / evaluation:

  • Using the proper lift for the job
  • Load calculations and load chart deductions
  • Pre-operational inspection and maintenance requirements
  • Emergency ground control operation
  • Equipment controls and functions
  • Traveling while personnel are in the basket/platform
  • Operating equipment in a safe and controlled manner to a pre-determined location.
  • Operation will include driving equipment and ascending to an elevated location
  • Proper shut down procedures

Each student will operate the equipment for the practical training/evaluation. USTC will provide training to accommodate all experience levels.  


A typical training course is completed during an 8-hour work day.  USTC will work with you to address any site-specific training needs to ensure employees have the best job specific training possible.  Actual training schedule dependent on the number of students and the extent of site-specific training.

Once training is completed USTC will provide each passing student with a Qualification Card, as proof of completed training (valid for 3 years).  Training may be required more often per facility specific requirements.  To pass the training, each student must obtain a 75% minimum score on the written exam and prove to be competent in the inspection, safe use, and operation of the AWP during the practical evaluation.

Why is proper training critical for operators and those working around Aerial Work Platforms?

Training is critical to prevent accidents and injuries on the job site!

  • Between 2011 – 2014, 1,380 workers were injured as a result of operating an aerial lift or scissor lift. 360 of these injuries were a result of slips, trips, and falls from one level to another. 
  • Between 2011 – 2014, 87 workers died as a result of operating an aerial lift or scissor lift.

-The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)

Being properly trained to work in and around an AWP is critical not only for the operator but also for those working around them.  Don’t become one of the statistics, work with USTC to obtain proper safety training for yourself and/or your employees.


Contact USTC today to schedule your Aerial Work Platform Training!