Industries That Require Aerial Lift Certification

Does your particular job function or industry require aerial lift certification? There seems to be a ton of confusion around the subject. OSHA regulations rival the U.S Constitution for the amount of interpretations, controversy, and general “gray area” regarding rules & guidelines. Well, we’re here to clear the air a bit with Tom Wilkerson, CEO of, a leading online training resource and OSHA compliance organization. Mr. Wilkerson knows better than anyone about aerial lift certification & training, and here’s his take on the subject:

Does your industry require aerial lift certification, or is training limited to a few select jobs or business sectors?

That’s a great question, and the answer impacts a wide range of people in the workforce today, including:

  • Construction company CEOs
  • Safety consultants
  • Aerial work platform (AWP) operators
  • Job site supervisors
  • And many others

Aerial lifts are used for a variety of jobs every day throughout the U.S., and their safe use is the ultimate responsibility of employers. According to OSHA guideline 29 CFR 1910.67(c) (2) (ii), only “trained persons” are able to operate an aerial lift.

Given this information, the answer to the question at hand is pretty simple – any industry that utilizes aerial lift operators requires AWP certification. This includes:

  • Construction
  • Maintenance
  • Security / surveillance
  • Agriculture
  • Manufacturing / assembly
  • Cleaning (window washing, tower refurbishment, etc.)
  • Natural resources (oil / gas / coal)
  • Electro-mechanical work
  • And much more

A much-publicized interpretation of OSHA safety guidelines for aerial lift operators said that employers should “devise methods to train their operators in the safe operation of aerial lifts.” The same document stated that “only competent and careful operators” are capable of doing related job duties

The key take-away here is that OSHA didn’t limit aerial lift training requirements to a specific industry or job type. If your aerial lift operators aren’t trained and your company has an injury or accident, you’re subject to OSHA fines and penalties, which are well over $10,000 per violation.

It doesn’t matter which industry your aerial lift operators are working in – they need the knowledge, skills and safety training to adequately perform their work. Period, end of story.

Training Frequency: Similar to Industry-Based Requirements?

Another related question to which industries demand aerial lift certification is: how often should my employees get AWP training & instruction? From a best practice perspective, every aerial lift operator should receive training and skills evaluation whenever a new aerial lift is introduced to your fleet, or if existing / long-established jobsite conditions change.

To cite just one example here, overhead hazards for indoor environments can change due to construction or safety concerns. New training should be given to all AWP workers in the event of any variations to the surrounding area, whether indoors or outside.

For comprehensive online AWP training and aerial lift compliance, get started with today. Our affordable, on-point training courses are ideal for any company that needs training – regardless of industry!

About the Author

Tom Wilkerson is the CEO of His company is responsible for thousands of OSHA certifications for a variety of industries. Mr. Wilkerson’s innovative online approach to OSHA compliance enables any company to handle training, instruction, and skills evaluation for operators of aerial lifts, scissor lifts, boom lifts, cherry pickers, and other aerial work platforms (AWPs). With affordable prices, attentive customer support, and insider OSHA knowledge, is the preferred training and compliance solutions for companies all across the United States. To learn more about Mr. Wilkerson’s popular training organization, visit his website or call his team of aerial lift training experts at (888) 278 – 8896.