Mobile Elevating Work Platforms

This course is available in both an instructor-monitored format and ONLINE format. For the ONLINE format select:
• Mobile Elevating Work Platforms – Alberta
• Mobile Elevating Work Platforms with Operator Fall Protection – Alberta
Mobile Equipment Operator with Mobile Elevating Work Platforms – British Columbia
Note:  This course has a practical component. You can call us at 780-469-4887 to book your practical evaluation and skills assessment.

Mobile Elevating Work Platforms (MEWP) are sometimes referred to as Aerial work platforms (AWP) and man-lifts.   Our Mobile Elevating Work Platforms (MEWP) course follows the new CSA standards:

  1. CSA B354.7:17 Mobile elevating work platforms – Safety principles, inspection, maintenance and operation.
  2. CSA B354.8:17 Mobile elevating work platforms – Operator (driver) training.

For more information refer to our MEWP information sheet.

WCFF can provide practical time on the scissor lift, boom lift or both. Additional charges may apply.


Students must have current Fall Protection certification. Don’t have your Fall Protection certification? Consider taking the ONLINE course: Fall Protection for Mobile Elevating Work Platforms – Alberta. This course provides the minimum requirements for fall protection training of MEWP operators and passengers.

Program Intent

To ensure the MEWP operator has the basic knowledge and skills necessary to operate the machine in a safe manner. This program provides the minimum requirements for the training of operators of a MEWP and is intended to supplement a company’s larger Health & Safety Management System.

Topics include legislation relevant to the operation of their equipment, how the machines capacity and stability is affected while the machine is in use, as well as understanding the MEWP by reviewing the contents of the machine’s operator manual. Under the scrutiny of an evaluator, the skilled operator will then be called upon to demonstrate their ability to operate the MEWP in a safe and efficient manner through a series of driving and operating exercises. Upon successful completion of the program, operators receive a certificate valid for 3 years.

Job and/or familiarization training of operators for particular MEWP’s requiring special needs or specialized equipment and/or used in specific workplace environments are in addition to the basic training requirements of this program. Additional training may be required.


Who Should Attend?

Operators who operate a MEWP as part of their work and are in need of certification. 

This course is suited for ALL students including English as a Second Language (ESL) students and has an OPEN book exam.

Course Content

The course includes both a theory and practical section. The theory portion includes the following topics:

  • Workplace requirements
  • Safe operation of the machine
  • Contents of the machines operators manual
  • Written test

The practical portion includes demonstrating the ability to safely manoeuvre Either the  vertical aerial platform (scissor lift) OR the boom supported aerial platform (boom lift) through a series of obstacles.

Add-on Available: Students can be certified on additional piece of equipment (boom lift or scissor lift) for an additional charge.

Course Duration: The theory portion is approximately 2 hours in length. Practical assessments take approximately 20-30 minutes each and vary based on each students experience level. 

Note: Smaller class sizes may result in the student taking the theory in our computer lab with the instructor present to monitor and assist the student. Practical components will be taught in-person with the guidance and supervision of the instructor.

Note: This course has been approved for 0.4 CEUs from the Alberta Environment & Parks (AEP) Water and Wastewater Operator Certification Provincial Programs Branch.

To view all upcoming courses and register online, please select course calendar.

Related Courses:
Fall Protection
Fall Protection Basic Rescue