About the EWPA

The primary objective of the EWPA is to promote the best and safest practices for the use and maintenance of Elevating Work Platforms.  We fulfill this objective by advocating for consistently high standards of EWP-related training, and in areas of maintenance and certification.

Specific initiatives have included:


The Association has encouraged and endorsed the development of unit-standard based, quality-assured EWP Operator courses by independent trainers. Such NZQA accredited operator training is now widely available.

Maintenance & Inspection

The EWPA Registered Inspector Program is a national initiative whereby potential inspectors are formally assessed, verified and moderated to ensure they possess the level of experience and expertise required to undertake 6 month and/or major inspections of Mobile Elevating Work Platforms as stated in Australian Standard AS2550.10. The Standard & New Zealand EWP Best Practice Guidelines for MEWP state that only a Competent Person can carry out 6 month and/or major inspections.

The EWPA Registered Inspector Programme is the best method to educate, improve compliance and consistency of EWP maintenance within New Zealand. The cost of major inspections of EWP is significant, the need to have this maintenance undertaken correctly is essential. The Registered Inspector Programme compels inspectors to follow the EWP Best Practice Guidelines and relevant industry standards and therefore gives EWP owners, and operators greater certainty of equipment compliance and safety.

Further, the Certifying Board of Inspection Professionals operates a competency certification system directed by WorkSafe NZ. This alternative Inspection certification provides similar assurances to PCBU’s and owners of MEWP’s that the inspector understands a quality assurance model of inspection.

Best Practice Definition

The EWPA‘s current definition of best practice is based upon full compliance with the Best Practice for Mobile Elevating Work Platforms and it's associated standards. In conjunction with regulatory authorities and standard-setting bodies we provide unambiguous interpretation of inspection and maintenance requirements.