I have the self erecting tower crane licence as well as the tower crane licence and from memory the questions in the written exam were mostly identical. The practical test is also pretty much the same consisting of doing the safety checks, identifying crane parts and doing a few lifts with the crane.
So why the different high risk work license?
Good question, back around 2006 WorkCover introduced the self erecting tower crane tower crane ticket, abbreviated on the high risk license as CS. There was a 12 month transition period where people with a tower crane high risk licence (CT) could continue to operate a self erecting tower crane but after that period they would need the CS license.
But why the need for a separate ticket?
Yeah I'm not sure of the logic behind it by WorkCover.
They added the CS to their range of licences but not to long after got rid of the excavator, bobcat, backhoe, dragline and a few other high risk license classes.
Hope that explains everything for you :)
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