Qualification Overview

Qualification Title New Zealand Certificate in Cranes (Level 4) with strands in Advanced Dogman, Crawler Crane, Mini Crane, Mobile Crane, Non-Slewing Articulated Crane, and Tower Crane
Qualification Type Certificate
Level 4
Credits 50 - 60
Subject Area
  • Engineering and Related Technologies » Mechanical and Industrial Engineering and Technology » Plant and Machine Operations
Strategic Purpose Statement
The purpose of this qualification is to provide the crane industry with individuals who may be employed as crane operators or dogmen for a range of crane tasks on dynamic and variable workplaces.

The qualification strands recognise the differing requirements of specialist crane operations.
The crane industry, and the building and construction industry in particular, will benefit from having people who have qualified in crane operation or load guidance for a range of crane types.
Graduates will be capable of working in a self-managed capacity and may be supervising others.
Graduate profile
Graduates of this qualification will be able to:

- Take responsibility for sole charge jobs, and interpret and utilise documentation to support organisational compliance, and health and safety objectives.
- Plan and document lifts of regular and irregular loads, using knowledge of cranes and equipment, hazards, and risk mitigation practices in the cranes industry.

Graduates of the Advanced Dogman strand will also be able to:
- Calculate weights, centres of gravity, lifting points and equalizing methods, and use results to sling irregular loads using the appropriate lifting equipment.
- Apply knowledge of slinging methods to plan complex lifts.

Graduates of the Crawler Crane strand will also be able to:
- Prepare for moving or tracking, configure, and position a crawler crane to operate within safe tolerances, stability requirements, and permits.
- Operate a crawler crane including lifting and placing regular and irregular loads, stationary and tracking within crane limits and in accordance with rating charts.

Graduates of the Mini Crane strand will also be able to:
- Prepare for transport, and position a mini crane to operate within safe tolerances and stability requirements.
- Operate a mini crane with a hydraulic boom including lifting and placing regular and irregular loads, stationary and tracking within crane limits and in accordance with rating charts.

Graduates of the Mobile Crane strand will also be able to:
- Mobilise and demobilise, configure, and position a mobile crane on or off outriggers to operate within safe tolerances and permits.
- Operate a mobile crane including lifting and placing regular and irregular loads in accordance with rating charts.

Graduates of the Non-Slewing Articulated Crane strand will also be able to:
- Prepare for travel, configure, and position a non-slewing crane to operate within safe tolerances and travel plan.
- Operate a non-slewing articulated crane including picking and carrying regular and irregular loads in accordance with rating charts.

Graduates of the Tower Crane strand will also be able to:
- Access and egress a tower crane cab and place a tower crane into and out-of-service within risk mitigation strategies for the workplace and operating environment.
- Operate a tower crane including lifting and placing regular and irregular loads in accordance with rating charts, communicating with a dogman at a distance.
Education pathways
This qualification builds on the New Zealand Certificate in Cranes (Level 3) with strands in Cab-Controlled Overhead Crane, Dogman, Load-Lifting Rigging Production, Pendant-Controlled Overhead Crane, Self-Erecting Tower Crane, Truck Loader Crane [Ref: 3730].

Graduates of the Crawler Crane, Mini Crane, Mobile Crane, Non-Slewing Articulated Crane, and Tower Crane strands may progress onto the New Zealand Certificate in Cranes (Advanced Crane Operation) (Level 5) [Ref: 3732].

Alternatively, graduates of all strands may progress to Leadership and Management qualifications in the Business arena.
Employment pathways
Graduates of this qualification will have the skills and knowledge to work in specialist crane operator or dogman roles in areas such as the building industry, heavy construction industry, marine environments, and on high rise building sites.To find out more about employment opportunities click on the CareersNZ logo, then the provider who offers this qualification.
Entry Requirements
Candidates are expected to be employed in the cranes industry.

The New Zealand Certificate in Cranes (Level 3) with strand in Dogman [Ref: 3730] is a prerequisite for this qualification, or equivalent knowledge and skills. Where prospective learners hold equivalent knowledge and skills and hold unit standard 3789 they may apply to the programme provider for direct entry.
Education Organisation The Skills Organisation
Developed By Waihanga Ara Rau Construction and Infrastructure Workforce Development Council
Quality Assured By New Zealand Qualifications Authority
Number 3731
Status Current
Created September 2017
Next Review December 2022
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