Tower Crane Operator Course

After an industry review with, unit standards 16617, 3789 and 3800 will require unit 30072 as a pre-requisite.

Course Content

By completing this Tower Crane Operator course, and based on the trainee's practical experience, at the end of this programme, trainees will be able to apply theory and skills in lifting regular loads with a tower crane, analyse and evaluate processes, through practical experience. This course is based on coaching and assessment and is designed for trainees with experience in crane operation.

People credited with this unit standard are able to:

  • demonstrate knowledge of using a tower crane;
  • position the tower crane, and lift and place regular and irregular loads;
  • put the tower crane into out-of-service condition; and
  • carry out daily and weekly operator maintenance of a tower crane.

This course is based on industry best practice and based on the equipment on the worksite and relevant company procedures. For more information on Crane operation and codes of practice, please refer to the links below:

Please note that unit standard 3789, now requires 30072 as a pre-requisite. If trainees do not hold 3789, then both units 30072 and 3789 will be required for entry into this unit. These courses are available from AMS Group. Please contact AMS Group to discuss your options.


  • Unit Standard 3789 Sling regular loads and communicate during crane operations - proof will be required for registration

Please note that If trainees do not hold 3789, this course is available from AMS Group. If you would like your team to complete both 3789 and 3794 on consecutive days, please contact AMS Group to discuss your options.

Additional Pre-Requisites

  • Be 16 years of age or over
  • Applicants for whom English is a second language must meet IELTS (or equivalent) Level 5.0 (General Training). Proof of this will be required. 
Please refer to the terms and conditions for more information on these course pre-requisites

NZQA Unit Standards Included

AMS Group's Tower Crane Operator course meets the requirements of the following unit standard.

Unit Standard Title Credit Value
3794 Lift and place regular loads with a tower crane 15


1 Day 

If you have any inexpereinced team members that do not reach the 3 months experience prerequisite, AMS Group is able to offer training only options, with coaching and assessment completed at a later date. Find out more about your training options.

Attendance Capacity

Minimum of 4 and a Maximum of 4 Trainees


POA This is an on-site course option only. Cost will depend on the specific requirements for course delivery

Note: Includes reference guide and certificate.

Registration of NZQA credits on record of learning are additional, but are required for this course.

Contact us to book an on-site course.

Scheduled Course Locations

Please note that courses are available at a number of AMS Group branch locations, these are listed below. If there are no course locations shown below, courses can be arranged to be delivered at your place of work. Contact us to  find out more about our on-site training options available for this course or enquire below.