Truck Loader Crane Operator's Certificate

New operators: Learn how to rig and operate a truck loader crane in various scenarios. Do the theory online, then follow our detailed practical checklist to obtain your truck crane certificate at your workplace using your own equipment.

Refreshers: Perfect for a three-yearly refresher for experienced operators. The assessment can be conducted at your workplace using your own equipment.

Do you need unit standards 16617 and 30072?

It's not a legal requirement. This is non-unit standard course. If you would like to do the unit standards, please call TR Driver Training on 0800 637 000 to discuss options.

What does the course contain?

After taking this course, you will know how to:

  • Conduct a pre-operation crane assessment and function check
  • Evaluate a site for hazards and draw up a lift plan
  • Create a safe lifting area
  • Choose rigging equipment (slings, chains, wire ropes, shackles)
  • Lift, move and place regular loads
  • Stow and secure a crane for road transport

What are the advantages of the truck loader crane online course?

  • Easy scheduling - do the course in your own time on any device. The online training is divided into short modules that take just a few minutes each. They are convenient and easy to access 
  • Full access to the course materials for 6 months - this gives you plenty of time to work through the course at your own pace, plus opportunities to refresh your crane knowledge after you've passed
  • Detailed video demonstrations - watch, listen and learn, then answer questions about what you've seen and heard. You can watch the videos as many times as you need in order to really understand the material
  • Language and literacy support - if English isn't your first language, or you prefer to listen to the questions, you'll find plenty of support
  • Convenient - doing the practical assessment at your workplace means no travel time and immediate results
  • NOTE: The online course covers the same theory as the unit standards (16617 and 30072), but it is not a unit standard course.

What happens when you pass the course?

Your supervisor will conduct a practical assessment at your workplace following our detailed instructions and they will generate an operator's certificate upon successful completion. This course does not come with a practical assessment with a trainer as the practical assessment can be conducted in-house by a supervisor or other designated person.


[The course] was well-received by all our trainees.  The online course content was relevant and the trainer assessor was active with feedback and training.  We are very happy."  Justin MacLean, Branch Manager, Cable Price Nelson

Who is this course for?

  • Truck drivers who want to operate a rear or front-mounted truck loader crane
  • Truck drivers that need to get a 3-yearly truck-mounted crane or truck loader crane refresher.

Truck loader cranes are also called truck-mounted cranes, HIABs, crane trucks and truck cranes.

What do you get with the course?

Full access to all training materials for 6 months

Study in your own time at your own pace, take the modules as many times as you need to and really get to know the information. You can access it on any computer, smartphone or tablet wherever there's an internet connection available.

Handy documents

Crane pre-start checklist, a lift plan template and a study guide.


If you're managing other drivers, you can add more managers at no extra cost. They can download detailed reports, plus track and manage drivers. Managers can generate certificates on completion of the course.


Where is the course held? The theory is done online (anywhere you have internet access). If you have booked this course via TR Driver Training and are doing the unit standards or are being assessed by a trainer, please contact TR Driver Training on 0800 637 000. They have 12 branches nationwide and a mutually convenient time can be arranged for your assessment.

My truck loader crane operator's certificate expired a while ago. Can I use this course to get it again? Yes, the theory is the same.

What type of cranes are used? We use a Palfinger for the demonstrations, but the theory can be applied to knuckle boom or telescopic cranes from all brands (e.g. Hi-ab, Tadano, etc)

How long is the course valid for? A truck loader crane operator's certificate should be done every 3 years or less.

What unit standards does this course cover? This is a non-unit standard course, although it covers the information in unit standard 16617 Use a truck loader crane to lift and place regular loads and 30072 Demonstrate and apply knowledge of slinging regular loads safely.


  • You will need one course licence per person taking the course - you can't use one licence for multiple operators
  • You will need a computer, smartphone or tablet with internet access to take the theory training
  • While you don't need a driver's licence to operate a truck loader crane, if you need to move the truck, you will need a truck licence sufficient to drive it
  • You will need to supply your own crane unless you have arranged with TR Driver Training to use theirs (additional costs may apply)

You get access to the course for a full 6 months which means your driver can take a couple of months to finish the modules and can come back to it as a refresher anytime until the course access expires - this is great if you need to do any remedial work with them. 

Set up is free whether you are purchasing one course licence or a hundred course licences.

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$209.00 + GST per person ($240.35)


Certificate of Completion


Approximately 2.5 hours


Full access for 6 months


Study guide included

Course provided by TR Driver Training

TR Driver Training specialises in heavy and light commercial and rural vehicle training nationwide. Call us on 0800 637 000

Training modules

Introduction to truck loader cranes

A background to truck loader cranes and their application, plus safe working practices and hazard identification


The crane

The parts of a crane, how to conduct a pre-start check on the crane, how to operate the crane using the standard controls, how to read the crane rating chart and what are some attachments you can get for your crane


The rigging

The main types of rigging (chains, synthetic slings, hooks, shackles and wire rope) and how it connects together, plus how to sling and lift a load as well as communicate with a spotter or dogman

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