Employment and Traineeship Opportunities

Crane Operations Traineeship

This unique training and working program supports trainees to participate in the crane industry, learn skills and build a solid foundation for your future career. 

High Risk Work Licences don't give you the necessary experience to safely operate the different types of cranes in varying environments.

The exposure, experience and skill set you'll gain through the traineeship will ensure you are qualified and ready to safely embark on your crane career.

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How to become a Crane Operator

  1. First you need an employer willing to take you on as a trainee.
  2. As you undergo your traineeship you will gain experience as a Dogman, Rigger and Operator.
  3. At the end of your traineeship you will achieve your Cert 3 in Mobile Crane Operations, with an abundance of nationally recognised tickets, licences and skills. With a little more on-the-job experience you will be deemed competent by your employer.


If you are interested in the Crane Operations Traineeship register your interest now by creating a trainee profile (click the 'Register Now' button below).

Even if you do not have a current employer within the crane industry; don't let that stop you from registering as CICA has many members looking to take on new trainees! 


Having Crane Operating skills and knowledge can open a variety of job and career paths, here are just a few!
Dogman - working in a team to help sling loads and direct the crane operator using radios, whistles, and hand signals.
Rigger - on the ground making sure complex loads are stable and secure.
Crane operator - operates the machine and performs the lift, working as a team with the dogman.
Truck driver - transports equipment to and from site.

Jobs you can do in the crane industry once you have completed the Traineeship:
Lift supervisor - creates lift plans, manages and coordinates staff on the day and is in charge of the life onsite.
Crane manager - responsible for each individual crane. be onsite assisting the Lift Supervisor or managing other cranes.
Crane scheduler - using well-developed knowledge of crane capabilities, quantitative aptitude and sound planning and organisational skills to schedule daily crane activity.
Operations manager - Looks after the entire fleet of cranes, from where they will be, to what they will be lifting.
Crane & part sales - provides good customer service and knowledge of cranes to sell equipment and parts.
Crane company owner - own and run an entire crane company and become a CICA member!

Career development with further experience within the industry:
Crane technician - repairs and supports the cranes to make sure they are safe to lift big loads.
Crane servicing - conducts regular mechanical servicing and repairs.
Crane inspector - inspect cranes to make sure they're in good condition and able to lift safely.
Crane trainer & assessor - teach people to operate cranes safely and correctly, and assess their competency.