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Mobile Elevating Work Platforms Chamber

Mobile Elevating Work Platforms Chamber

The MEWP Chamber of the IWH Professional Body represents the practitioners involved with Mobile Elevating Work Platforms in South Africa.

MEWPs make up a specific group of specialized machines that enable people to work at height and include machines such as Boom Lifts (articulating and/or telescopic), Scissor Lifts (both rough terrain as well as slab-machines), Mast Booms, push-around Personnel Lifts, trailer-mounted Boom Lifts and also Truck-Mounted Boom Lifts, (or T-MEWPs). These machines are often also called cherry pickers, man-lifts, magic carpets, etc.

The IWH Professional Body recognises the following high-risk skills programmes within the MEWP industry, and therefore designate the competent and experienced persons accordingly:

1. MEWP Practitioner

A registered MEWP Practitioner is a professional operating a Mobile Elevating Work Platform (or MEWP) in a variety of applications to do various activities at height. These activities can vary from construction, welding, painting, electrical work, film or photography, Arboriculture, cleaning, etc. In fact, any activities that needs to be performed at height.

The MEWP Practitioner has to be able to safely operate and use a MEWP in all these various situations as working at height is intrinsically dangerous whilst as it is a moving piece of machinery, there are further risks involved.

CRITERIA FOR OBTAINING THE PROFESSIONAL DESIGNATION

Academic Component

For the Professional Designation of MEWP Practitioner to be awarded, professionals must be competent in the following unit standards:

  • Unit Standard 243272: Operate a Mobile Elevating Work Platform (MEWP) (Lev 2; 10 cred)
  • Unit Standards 229998: Explain and perform fall arrest techniques when working at height (Lev) OR
  • PB NNQF 201303: Basic Fall Prevention Programme for MEWP Practitioners

(If the person has not completed this Unit Standard but have proof of experience, the person can also complete the IWH PB’s RPL assessment, and if found competent, the person will be licensed accordingly).

(Training and assessment must be conducted by a SETA ETQA/QCTO accredited and IWH Professional Body recognised training provider)

Other criteria

  • Must be in possession of a current, valid medical certificate.
  • Minimum 18 years of age
  • Must renew his/her license every two years to proof that he/she is still able to perform the work competently and safely (as per the NCOP)

Criteria for re-licensing

  • Must still be medically fit for the work to be done safely
  • Proof of practical workplace experience
  • Attendance of CPD workshop
  • Re-assessment

2. MEWP Safety and Transport Controller

A registered MEWP Safety and Transport Controller is a professional responsible for the safe transport and operations of Mobile Elevating Work Platforms (MEWPs) under his supervision. This equipment will typically be machines such as a Mobile Elevating Work Platforms (MEWP) which can include machines such as Telescopic and Articulating Boom Lifts, Slab and Rough Terrain Scissor Lifts, Stock-pickers, Aerial Work Platforms, Trailer- or Truck-mounted Boom Lifts, Mini Access Lifts and Run-abouts.

CRITERIA FOR OBTAINING THE PROFESSIONAL DESIGNATION

Academic Component

For the Professional Designation of MEWP Safety and Transport Controller to be awarded, professionals must be competent in the following unit standards:

  • Unit Standard 243272: Operate a Mobile Elevating Work Platform (Lev 2; 10 cred)
  • Unit Standard 243276: Manage the transportation of mobile elevated work platforms (Lev 4; 7 cred)
  • Unit Standard 243273: Monitor and control the safety and operations of Mobile Elevating Work Platforms (Lev 4; 8 cred)

(If the person has not completed this Unit Standard but have proof of experience, the person can also complete the IWH PB’s RPL assessment, and if found competent, the person will be licensed accordingly).

(Training and assessment must be conducted by a SETA ETQA/QCTO accredited and IWH Professional Body recognised training provider)

Other criteria

  • Must be in possession of a current, valid medical certificate.
  • Minimum 18 years of age
  • Must renew his/her license every two years to proof that he/she is still able to perform the work competently and safely (as per the NCOP)

Criteria for re-licensing

  • Must still be medically fit for the work to be done safely
  • Proof of practical workplace experience
  • Attendance of CPD workshop
  • Re-assessment

3. Specialised Access Equipment Demonstrator

A registered Specialised Access Equipment Demonstrator is a professional responsible for demonstrating the safe and effective use of a piece of Specialized Access Equipment to a future user/operator where such user will be using such equipment or machines to work at height on an occasional or regular basis. This equipment will typically be machines such as a Mobile Elevating Work Platforms (MEWP) which can include machines such as Telescopic and Articulating Boom Lifts, Slab and Rough Terrain Scissor Lifts, Stock-pickers, Aerial Work Platforms, Trailer- or Truck-mounted Boom Lifts, Truck-Mounted Aerial Platforms, Mini Access Lifts and Run-abouts.

CRITERIA FOR OBTAINING THE PROFESSIONAL DESIGNATION

Academic Component

For the Professional Designation of Specialised Access Equipment Demonstrator to be awarded, professionals must be competent in the following unit standards:

  • Unit Standard 243272: Operate a Mobile Elevating Work Platform (Lev 2; 10 cred)
  • Unit Standard 229998: Explain and perform fall arrest techniques when working at height (Lev 1; 2 cred)
  • Unit Standard 117877: Perform one-to-one training on the job (Lev 3; 4 cred)

(If the person has not completed this Unit Standard but have proof of experience, the person can also complete the IWH PB’s RPL assessment, and if found competent, the person will be licensed accordingly).

(Training and assessment must be conducted by a SETA ETQA/QCTO accredited and IWH Professional Body recognised training provider)

Other criteria

  • Must be in possession of a current, valid medical certificate.
  • Minimum 18 years of age
  • Must renew his/her license every two years to proof that he/she is still able to perform the work competently and safely (as per the NCOP)

Criteria for re-licensing

  • Must still be medically fit for the work to be done safely
  • Proof of practical workplace experience
  • Attendance of CPD workshop
  • Re-assessment