Aerial Lift (Boom Lift/Scissor Lift) Operator Safety Training Online


Learn how to safely operate boom & scissor lifts on your construction site with OSHA-authorized manlift training. Start your course today! 

Includes: Certificate of Completion

Duration: 1.5 Hour(s) | Language: English | 4.2 (22 Ratings)

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About this Course

What is Aerial Lift (Boom Lift/Scissor Lift) Operator Safety Training? 

On many construction sites, aerial lifts, such as boom and scissor lifts, are a standard part of day-to-day operations. They offer the versatility and flexibility construction workers need to get from one point to the other with ease.  
If you find yourself operating one on your construction site, you need to become familiar with some of the hazards they present, such as tips, collisions, and risk of electric shock.   

In our Aerial Lift Operator Safety course, we’ll cover vital topics like what to do before operating an aerial lift, what load-capacity limits mean, and when and how to perform inspections. You’ll also meet OSHA’s requirements for classroom training when you take this course. 

Who Should Take Scissor/Aerial Lift Operator Safety Training? 

Crane operators, lift operators, mechanics, project managers, tree trimmers, warehouse workers, and anyone in or outside of the construction industry will benefit from taking this course. 

What are OSHA's safety requirements for aerial/scissor lifts?

One of the reasons that aerial lift training is mandatory is that OSHA has a long list of safety requirements for scissor lifts, related to stabilization, positioning, and maintenance.

For example, scissor lifts are prone to tipping over in a variety of situations and, as a result, most scissor lift safety standards are dedicated to preventing tip-over hazards, like operating on firm level surfaces, not operating in high wind, and more. Tipping is the biggest fall hazard, so scissor lift fall protection requirements are simple: mandatory guardrails.

Other scissor lift safety standards deal with preventing scissor lift collapse and avoiding the hazards that come from a mobile elevated platform, like coming too close to electrified lines.

Man lift training will cover these hazards and their prevention.

Finally, everyone who uses and operates a scissor lift needs up-to-date aerial lift certification on file as proof that they've passed lift safety training.

How Often is OSHA Aerial Lift Training Required?

Aerial lift certification lasts three years, but some employers opt for more frequent refreshers.

Workers need appropriate man lift training for the equipment they use and operate, so you may be required to re-train if you start using a different type of lift. Employers also need to provide re-training if workers demonstrate that their initial lift safety training was inadequate.

Is fall protection required for a scissor lift?

Scissor lifts need guardrails to prevent workers from falling. Employers should include guardrail inspection in lift safety training.

Should you use a personal fall arrest system (PFAS) on a scissor lift? OSHA considers it mandatory if the manufacturer specifies it, but that's rare. A PFAS is also indicated if the guardrail system is inadequate or the worker must leave the safety of the work platform, because, at that point, the general scaffolding standard applies.

However, in most cases, personal fall arrest systems are prohibited for scissor lift fall protection because OSHA prohibits attaching a PFAS to a guardrail and many manufacturers don't provide any other anchor point.

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What You Get

Certificate of completion


Required Pre-Requisites



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Topics Covered

  • Learn what to do and what not to do in order to avoid scissor lift hazards   
  • Understand the anatomy and stability of boom and scissor lifts  
  • Learn to recognize and respond to aerial lift hazards 


When Does My Course Expire?

Your course will expire one (1) year after you purchase it (the date you submit payment), unless the course itself indicates otherwise.

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How Quickly Will I Get My Certificate of Completion?

Once you finish your course and pass any required exams, you can print your scissor lift certificate of completion right away.

What Can I Do If I Lose My Certificate?

If you lose your certificate of completion and need a new one, you can contact customer service at (877) 881-2235 or

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    • Requested or been issued a certificate of completion.
    • Completed 50% or more of the purchased course.

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