479 NEWS

Aerial Work Platform Training


Motion picture and television production often entails the use of mechanical equipment designed to provide access to inaccessible areas, often elevated above the ground. Widely used by a variety of variety of departments, these Aerial Work Platforms (AWP) can be dangerous if used improperly and the IATSE Local 479 Education Department strongly encourages its members to complete this course to foster greater safety in the shop and on the set.

Offered on a recurring monthly basis, this 7 hour training course includes in-classroom and hands-on training to prepare our members to recognize and avoid the hazards involved in operating specific aerial work platforms.

Attendees will learn:

  • their responsibilities as a user/operator
  • how to conduct a pre-start inspection
  • how to conduct a workplace conditions inspection
  • how to identify workplace hazards prior to and during operation
  • how to operate various types of equipment
    • single occupancy lifts
    • scissor lifts
    • self-propelled lifts
    • boom lifts (straight and/or articulated)


Teaching materials include:

  • Safety guidelines booklet


Attendees will receive:

  • a course completion wallet card


This course would typically be charged to members, however the AWP and Forklift classes are now being sponsored through the IATSE Training Trust Fund thanks to contributions to Safety Training paid into the Training Trust via the Area Standards Agreement (ASA).