Personal & Materials Hoist

Materials Hoist

A Materials Hoist Operator may operate a builder’s hoist to move personnel, goods and/or materials. The hoist may be a cantilever hoist, a tower hoist or a multiple winch operation. Workers may also be asked to configure winches to operate hoists to move personnel.

Personal Hoist

A Personal Hoist Operator may only operate a hoist to move goods or materials and not personnel. This type of hoist allows the car, bucket or platform to travel up and down, as well as be cantilevered from the face of the support structure.


White Card Asbestos Cert. Drivers Licence High Risk Work 18 years +
Personnel & Materials Hoist yes yes no yes yes
To be a Materials Hoist Operator you need to enjoy outdoor, practical work and be physically fit. You also need to be able to work as part of a team and be able to follow precise directions. Hoist Operators are able to work at a constant pace.
Typical Duties
  • accurately record and maintain information relating to personnel and materials hoist operations,
  • communicate using bells, lights, intercom and two-way radios,
  • conduct personnel and materials hoist operations,
  • operate emergency brake and descent system,
  • identify hazards and assess any risks associated with the operation of the hoist, and put prevention/control measures into place,
  • inspect and maintain personnel and materials hoist equipment,
  • be able to communicate with other site personnel (e.g. receive and interpret work instructions, safety information, emergency procedures),
  • verify problems and equipment faults and demonstrate an appropriate response.

All construction workers need a White Card and Asbestos Awareness Training to work on a construction site in the ACT.

Check with your RTO to see if you are eligible for an ACT Training Fund Authority Subsidy. This will reduce the cost of your training. Training will also vary from RTO to RTO.


RTO Hours + Costs White Card Asbestos
Minimum 24 hours + < $850 6 hours + < $500 4 hours + < $500
RTOs that deliver training for Non-Slewing Mobile Crane Operators in the ACT:

› Canberra Institute of Technology

› Creative Safety Initiatives