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Boom and Scissor Lift Certification Guide

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Operating a boom lift has got to be one of the coolest gigs on Earth. First, you have to drive the rig to the right spot, only it’s like you’re in the back seat and the front end of the car is really long. You have to avoid crashing into buildings, other vehicles, and people. You have to know where to stop the truck so that you can raise the platform to where you need to do the work. That’s the fun part, working among the birds in the treetops and looking down on the little people below you.

Remember that stuff in trigonometry that you said you’d never use? That actually comes in handy when you want to know how far out you can be on level. This is why they don’t let any bozo drive a boom lift, and why you need to go through boom lift certification training.

The down side with working on an aerial lift of any sort is that it is very, very dangerous and there are dozens of ways you can kill yourself or cause a life-changing injury. The hazards of working on an aerial lift include tipovers, electrocution, structural failures, and contact with ceilings and other overhead objects. Boom lift certification shows your employer that you know how to recognize and eliminate hazards.

With AerialLiftCertification’s scissor and boom lift certification, we teach you exactly what you need to know to obtain your boom lift certification so that you are ready and able to go to work safely.

We teach you:

  • - How to recognize and deal with hazards, including fall hazards
  • - How to operate the lift correctly, including things like load capacity and maximum intended load
  • - How and when to perform inspections
  • - Manufacturers’ requirements


At AerialLiftCertification, we know that adult learning is interactive. We use interactive, state-of-the-art e-learning technology. We teach you more than just how to pass your boom lift certification test. We teach you how to be a safe aerial lift operator. We aim to make you a very old certified boom operator, spinning yarns to your great-grandkids about how you repaired buildings way up in the sky.

scissor liftScissor Lifts

In terms of functionality, a scissor lift is a type of aerial work platform (AWP), aerial device, elevating work platform (EWP), or a mobile elevating work platform (MEWP). All of these devices are used to provide access for personnel and/or equipment to work in areas that would otherwise be inaccessible, mostly because they are too high.

However, for scissor lift certification purposes, a scissor lift is not an aerial lift as far as OSHA is concerned. Here, scissor lifts fall into the realm of scaffolds. Fortunately, if you are looking to become certified to operate a scissor lift, you don’t need to know the finer points of taxonomy, you got enough of that in biology class.

Here is a picture of a scissor lift. It is only able to move in the vertical plane, unlike a boom lift, which also can move sideways. A scissor lift uses folded, linked supports in a criss-cross “X” pattern, called a pantograph or scissor mechanism. Sometimes, a scissor lift will have a “bridge” that extends the platform closer to the position where the work needs to be carried out. This is because of the rig’s limitation to vertical movement.

At AerialLiftCertification, not only can we provide the necessary training leading to scissor lift certification, we also have a convenient self-paced online course to get you qualified to become Certified Aerial Safety Expert at your place of employment. The benefits of this are obvious, you will be smarter than all the other guys. You will also be qualified and in a position to teach newly employed aerial lift operators to get their scissor lift certification. Besides, it will look really good on your resume.

Whatever type of aerial lift you are working on or aspire to work on, we can train you to OSHA certification standards. In as little as an hour, you can be printing out your certificate of completion and operator card. Get started today to find out how.

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