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How Often Should You Update Your AWP Certification?


Renewing an AWP certification is one of those industrial equipment safety issues that nobody seems to have a handle on. Ask five different safety experts, supervisors, foremen and other professionals involved with workplace safety about aerial lift or aerial work platform (AWP) operator renewal training, and you’re bound to get five different responses.

But it shouldn’t be that way – and with ALC, you’re always assured of the best possible AWP certification training. Learn more below about the requirements of AWP training and what it takes to keep it compliant and up-to-date.

The 3-Year Plan

Technically, you should conduct renewal training for new certification every 3 years (hat tip to our partners at for the info). Because OSHA regulations are always changing, important safety standard updates need to be accounted for. By OSHA’s reasoning, 3 years is a reasonable time to renew. They figured that anything less than 3 years might get too tedious while requiring training over 3 years might be too long, and that could result in “missing” vital information.

What Does Renewal AWP Training and Certification Cover?

AWP training and certification retraining teaches workers everything they learned in initial training, and includes any other information that will help workers be safe on aerial lifts and scissor lifts.

AWP certification renewal covers:

  • The explanations of electrical, fall, and falling object hazards
  • Practices for dealing with hazards
  • Recognizing and avoiding unsafe work conditions
  • Instruction for the correct operator of the type of lift being used
  • When and how to perform equipment inspections
  • Manufacturer’s requirements

Different types of aerial lifts come with a different set of skills needed and hazards to avoid. AWP training and retraining is needed to keep operators safe and up-to-date with all necessary knowledge. Refresher training not only protects workers from accidents but also employers from OSHA fines and potential legal action.

If Anything Changes in the Workplace, You Need to Renew

Yes, this means even before the three-year renewal period may arrive. It always pays to be proactive, and there are a ton of reasons to establish your own safety standards. Here are just a few:

Equipment Upgrades

If you’ve recently added new aerial lifts or scissor lifts to your fleet of industrial equipment, don’t take any chances. Check your owner’s manual(s) for any required safety add-on training, and feel free to contact Aerial Lift Certification for any training modules you might need. Remember, our convenient AWP training modules can be completed in less than an hour, and you and your management staff can print official AWP certification forms right away. No waiting. No hassle. No worrying about another OSHA visit. With ALC in your corner, equipment upgrades are a breeze! We’ll even help you with your AWP certification renewals!

Aerial Lift-Related Accidents

AWP certification renewal is also required when an accident occurs in the workplace involving an aerial lift. When an operator is involved in an aerial lift or scissor lift accident, this often means that they weren’t operating the equipment correctly and either weren’t aware of or ignored hazards. Retraining can teach them how to operate aerial lifts safely and how to recognize and avoid hazards in the future.

Hazards Are Discovered

When workplace hazards involving aerial lifts are found, such as defective or damaged equipment, unstable working surfaces, or overhead hazards, refresher training is necessary for operators. Training will help all operators to understand the present hazards, how to avoid them in the future, and how to prevent accidents from happening as a result of these hazards.

Surprise OSHA Visits

Only in rare instances will OSHA tell you when they’re stopping by for a safety visit. If you think your company could be visited soon, don’t delay – renew today! If your aerial lift workers don’t have their latest AWP certification and credentials, big fines are probable – and costly legal action is possible! AWP training records will be requested by OSHA so don’t take any chances.

Spanish Language Training

In today’s multilingual work environment, it helps to accommodate your Spanish speaking workforce. ALC offers all of our AWP certification classes in Spanish, so you can ensure that your entire aerial lift platform workforce has the complete, comprehensive training they need to succeed on the job – and help you succeed when it comes to the next OSHA inspection!

Safety Initiatives Never Hurt

If OSHA requires renewal training every 36 months, why not go above & beyond the feds? For one, your workers will have the best possible safety information for a variety of day-to-day activities. And for another, you’re more likely to pass an inspection because you’ve been so proactive in regards to a better, safer workplace! And here’s another thing to consider: since many workforces experience frequent turnover, it’s always a great idea to offer Aerial Lift Certification’s safety-first AWP certification for both new and veteran employees. With standards set at every 36 months, implement full AWP certification training every 18 or 24 months. Because ALC’s aerial lift platform training is so affordable, your new training regimen won’t break the bank. Affordable, effective, and always up-to-date…Aerial Lift Certification offers excellent value and the best internet-based AWP certification and training around!

AWP Certification Courses from ALC

The AWP certification classes from are designed to provide operators with all of the knowledge needed to operate aerial lifts and scissor lifts safely, recognize hazards, and prevent accidents. It also teaches about different kinds of AWPs, proper safety equipment and tools, and other important information. Once workers complete their training, they will be 100% OSHA-compliant and ready to protect lives in your workplace.

Our training courses include three different options to meet & exceed your company’s aerial lift platform safety requirements:

▪     Train a Trainer. Wouldn’t it be great to have an in-house certified safety expert? With ALC, you’ll enjoy an accessible safety resource at all times! This type of training is perfect for the construction industry, but also useful for other applications as well.

▪     Operator Training Kit. One of our most popular training modules, this learn-at-your-leisure is an affordable, convenient way to get your AWP operators up to speed quickly. Plus, you can choose guided, self-paced or group learning environments.

▪     Bundle Package. Get the best of both worlds with this discounted training package. Including our Train a Trainer and Operator Training Kit, this is the #1 comprehensive AWP certification combo training kit available anywhere. Save time and money with this all-in-one training kit!

Need help with your aerial lift, scissor lift, or fall protection OSHA renewal training? Do you need to get a better grip on your company’s safety plan and AWP certification? Aerial Lift Certification can help today.

Our AWP certification, scissor lift, and fall protection OSHA consultants are available at (888) 278-8896 or visit the ALC contact page for more information. The best time to implement your AWP certification and safety strategy was yesterday. Don’t risk unnecessary OSHA fines or workplace injuries – give ALC a call today. Thank you for stopping by the Aerial Lift Certification blog!

Aerial Lift and AWP Training Resources:

You have questions, we have answers. Check out this page for everything you’ve ever wanted to know about aerial lifts, scissor lifts, and other AWP equipment.

All hands on deck for this informative ALC article. This piece explains the importance of AWP training, along with the many advantages you’ll enjoy by signing up with ALC today.

If you want to know more about OSHA requirements for AWP training, you’ve come to the right place. Visit this ALC portal to find out about our exclusive 5-step process to receive your OSHA aerial lift or AWP training certification. We also review some important safety concepts – both basic and advanced – that every aerial lift operator should know.


This post was originally published in 2015 and updated to include more information and resources in 2018.

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