HIANZ Access members supply access equipment into construction, infrastructure and maintenance projects across New Zealand. Our development of training and support for the access industry has seen HIANZ pioneer training and education programs for the industry and end users.

The Hire Industry Association of New Zealand (HIANZ) developed the EWP Silvercard almost 20 years ago, and has since provided first class training, awareness and education in the safe use of EWP’s throughout New Zealand.

Our trainers are industry professionals with extensive EWP knowledge and experience. Most have worked within the Hire Industry or EWP service sector and are familiar with industry trends, innovation and compliance requirements.

The EWP Silvercard is renown and recognised nationally as a reputable proof of competency amongst employers and across various industry sectors. 


Industry Training

EWP Silvercard courses are specifically designed to ensure that operators of Elevated Work Platforms (EWP’s) have adequate knowledge and are competent to use the equipment. Participants may complete one or several EWP types depending on the work they intend to under-take. 

All Silvercard Trainers hold a minimum of National Certificate in Adult Education L4 and are approved assessors with The Skills Organisation, delivering courses in accordance with HIANZ Silvercard guidelines at all times. 

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safety Videos

Video Tutorials to help guide your safety

Pre Start Operator Checks

EWP safety starts with the operator pre start checks that are carried out before use of an EWP. This video will take the viewer through the key checks that make up a pre start check and then work through the key checks you need to make to ensure you can work safely at height at all times.

With a run time of under 4 minutes, this video is a must for toolbox meetings and other short training sessions


As an operator of an EWP, you have general and specific responsibilities to keep both others around and yourself safe at all times. this video will take you through your key responsibilities and show you where the responsibilities are impacted on by legislation and other regulatory bodies. must see viewing for those who value their safety.

Load restraint

Load restraint can make the difference between life and death for transporters and operators of heavy transport and EWP’s. This extensive video goes behind the scenes to explore all the key safety messages and steps required to load and unload EWP’s safely in all situations.

Filmed using a variety of loading scenarios, there is guidance for all manner of situations you may need instruction on.


Key documentation for your business

HIANZ has a long history of safety innovation and we are constantly developing and revising documents designed to keep members and the public safe and compliant.

The documents in this section are deigned to ensure you give your customers the correct safety guidance and collect information that will help prevent misuse or injury by the public.

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Minimum Standards

JSA/ Risk Assessment

Inspect before you work

safe use declaration

Customer Declaration

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Legal Agreements

Select an article below to find out more

  1. Standards agreements for Hire Companies t
  2. Legal documentation for Hire Companies
  3. Reciprocal agreements for Hire Companies
  4. The Queenstown Agreement for Companies
  5. The dangerous Agreement