Demonstrating an integrated practical and theoretical grounding in crane operations according to safe handling and maintenance practices in compliance with crane manufacturer’s and legislated standards.

The contribution to the national skills development strategy is the key developmental interface between learners and new competencies to be achieved.

Learners who master the applied competence described in this unit standard will contribute to the development of a professional community of civil engineering construction crane operators who are able to competently use science and technology when applying operation techniques.

The contribution to socio-economic transformation is that learners will be able to undergo rpl-assessment and thereby receive recognition for previous learning and experience. This in turn will enhance the employability and career prospects of learners employed in this sector.

SAQA ID:116254
NQF Level: 2
Credits: 20
Accrediting SETA: TETA
Duration: 5 Day Novice / 1 Day Refresher
Recommended Entry Criteria:
The following knowledge, skills attitude and/or equivalent:
Learning assumed to be in place
NQF Level 1 Numeracy and NQF Level 1 Literacy

The driver should be declared physically fit and have completed an eyesight test (such as the Orthorator test, the Purdue University Test
No. 3, etc.) and an industry recognised depth perception and handeye co-ordination test.

It is assumed that people starting to learn towards this unit standard have already undergone company induction, have an appropriate licence to operate in the work area, and are competent in unit standards which address:

• Relevant Code of practice
• Occupational Health, Safety and General Housekeeping
• Mechanical Awareness and Plant Appreciation

Unit Standard Range

Limited to work carried out on a standard crane, or with standardised fittings

Major components include:

  • Chassis
  • Mobile & jib
  • Counter weight, hoist
  • Jib & cab
  • Hoist & slew systems
  • Brakes & Transmission
  • Trolley & hookblock

Factors influencing safety and suitability of a crane:

  • Stability
  • Suitability
  • State of repair
  • Proximity of other machines and workers

Statutory requirements include but are not limited to:

  • Relevant Code of practice
  • Safety, Health & Environmental legislation
  • Local Provincial authority requirements

Specific Outcomes

1. Demonstrate knowledge of the functions of a mobile crane.
2. Identify the safety and suitability of crane.
3. Apply the recognised methods for inspecting and recording the operational fitness of all components of the crane.
4. Operate mobile crane.

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