One of my most popular and most clicked on blog posts was '
Cheapest Price for Tower Crane Ticket"
In it I suggested people go interstate and save up to $2,000 to get their tower crane license. I did get some criticism that the training is far inferior interstate, a claim I laugh at.
I always get asked by people looking to get into the industry 'where is the best place to get my dogman and rigging ticket?' So I thought I would share that in this post, the answer for this is always the same... go to TAFE.
I say this firstly because the training there is quality, it is very much hands on, a mix of 50/50 class room theory split with hands on training, and with a good large facility. All of the trainers there I have come across are entertaining characters with decades of experience in the industry.
The second benefit is flexibility, you can do the course either full time (5 days training, 6th day assessment for each license) or part time (two nights a week for 6 weeks, daytime assessment) I prefer the idea of the part time course as the participants have a longer period to understand everything, one week is quite rushed.
Thirdly is the price, TAFE is government funded and their prices have pretty much stayed the same for the last decade, the private trainers well... I have seen the dogman training advertised for $2,000 and basic rigging for $2,500 Ouch!!! TAFE you can do each license for just $500, and its even cheaper if you are indigenous or receiving social security.
Fourth is convenience, I went to Annandale campus which is located near the Anzac bridge, Its about 15 mins travel time from central on the light rail. For those that dont live in Sydney ;) I have been told they also run the course at Wollongong, Orange, Newcastle and Campbelltown
For some reason the TAFE website does not always list when the course is running, the best way to find out when and where the course is on is to ring TAFE on one of these numbers
Lastly in the past some tickets were cancelled by WorkCover because of corrupt assessors, this has not happened in a long time but if it does happen again it wont happen at TAFE, they are above board. And just remember its not all fun and games once you become a dogman, it is a big responsibility and a serious job
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