MEWP Training

The RTITB Mobile Elevating Work Platform (MEWP), or cherry picker as they are most commonly known, course is available for the following machines: vehicle mounted, scissor, telescopic and articulated.

These courses will give you the skills required to safely and efficiently work at height.

This course covers, but is not limited to, the following subject areas;

  • Introduction to the machine and its controls
  • Machine stability
  • Setting up the working area
  • Working with site conditions
  • Environmental awareness
  • Safe use of hydraulic systems
  • Emergency lowering
  • Harness usage
  • Weight assessment
  • Pre-use inspection
  • Preparing and securing the machine for transport

Course Durations (for 3 people):

  • Novice candidate: 14 hours
  • Experienced (but untrained) candidate: 11 hours
  • Refresher (recommended every 3 years) candidate: 7.5 hours
  • Conversion candidate: 11 hours


Last year over 1,800 people completed and passed RTITB mobile elevating work platform training and testing and achieved their Certificate of Basic Operator Training.

To start your training journey, enter your postcode below and find your nearest RTITB centre, or if you are outside of the UK tick the box to see a list of our international training providers. You can then contact the RTITB centre of your choice directly through our website to book your MEWP training.