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IAMU Mobile Crane Operator Certification Classes & Exams - 2018

Posted By IAMU, Wednesday, March 14, 2018

The Iowa Association of Municipal Utilities Safety Services department will be holding mobile crane certification and examination classes for digger derrick, service truck, and mobile crane operators.  OSHA’s updated crane standard REQUIRES that operators of lifting equipment be trained, evaluated and tested in order to obtain certification.

Background Information:

Although the new standard, 29 CFR 1926 Subpart CC, specifically exempts the digger derrick and the operator from meeting the requirements of the standard, the exemption applies only when it is used for work within the provisions of the power generation, transmission and distribution standards, or for construction work within the telecommunications standard.  The exemption does not apply if the digger derrick is used for lifting materials or to operate in working environments outside the scope of the standard because the equipment is essentially being used as a mobile crane.  For example, unloading materials from a truck, lifting a motor from a pump house to assist your water department, or providing assistance to any other city department will mean that the exemption no longer applies.  When equipment is used as a mobile crane, all provisions of the standard apply, including the operator certification rule.  OSHA also now requires that an operator be certified in specific areas when they operate equipment outfitted with a boom and winch and able to lift at least 2,000 pounds.  This includes service trucks in your public works, or water departments. 

OSHA’s November 10, 2018 deadline for crane operators to have completed a certification status is quickly approaching.  The new standard has very specific operator requirements, one being to obtain operator certification from an independent testing organization accredited by a nationally recognized organization.  OSHA’s updated crane standard, 1926.1427 in Subpart CC, requires that for a testing organization to be considered accredited to certify operators, it must be accredited by a nationally recognized accrediting agency based on that agency’s determination that industry recognized criteria for written testing materials, practical examinations, test administration, grading, facilities/equipment and personnel have been met.  IAMU is an Accredited Assessment Center through the National Center for Construction Education Research (NCCER).  We are authorized to conduct both hands-on assessments and practical examinations which are part of our Mobile Crane Operator Certification Program.  Additionally, we are offering Qualified Hand Signal Person and Qualified Rigger programs (available at a future date).

Who Should Attend:

Digger derrick and service truck crane operators who do not currently hold a mobile crane operator’s certification.

What Do These Classes and Certification Consist Of:

Classes will be a week long, requiring classroom instruction, an on-line exam that has a 80% pass requirement, a practical exam for certification of mobile crane, and then finally a short class and practical exam for the signalperson and rigging qualifications. Students who pass the written and practical exams receive nationally recognized certification from the National Center for Construction Education Research (NCCER).

Where Do These Classes Take Place:

IAMU Training and Office Complex
1735 NE 70th Avenue
Ankeny, IA  50021

When Will Classes Be Held:

Dates have been scheduled for 2018 at the IAMU complex.  Please click HERE or visit the IAMU website for available dates.


March 26-30, 2018

Class: March 26-28

Exams: March 29 & 30

Location: IAMU


June 18-22, 2018

Class: June 18-20

Exams: June 21 & 22

Location: IAMU


June 25-29, 2018

Class: June 25-27

Exams: June 28 & 29

Location: IAMU


July 23-27, 2018

Class: July 23-25

Exams: July 26 & 27

Location: IAMU

August 20-24, 2018

Class: August 20-22

Exams: August 23 & 24

Location: IAMU

Mobile Crane Operator Certification/Examination Class Schedule:


Class Day




9:00 to 4:30 p.m.


Tuesday & Wednesday

8:00 to 4:30 p.m.



8:00 to 4:30 p.m.


Friday (if needed)

8:00 to 4:30 p.m.



Examination retakes must be scheduled with IAMU.  (An additional cost of $100 applies to exam retakes)

Additional Notes:

  • Registration is open.  There is a maximum of 16 participants per class session.
  •  Lunch will be provided on classroom days.
  •  All participants will attend classroom days. Exams will take place on the Thursday of each class session. Depending on the number of participants, Wednesday evening and Friday may also be used for exams.
  •  Study guides will be mailed to registered participants prior to class dates.

For additional information about the classes and online registration for each event, click HERE.


If you have any questions in regards to the classes, or requirements, please contact:

Margret Meade, IAMU Safety Specialist (

Dan Llewellyn, IAMU Electric Services Coordinator (

Phone:  (800) 810-4268

Tags:  Mobile Crane  OSHA  Safety Services 

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