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Certified Mobile Crane Operator Course

Crane operators will know and implement the rules and regulations set forth by ASME B30.5 and will safely apply those standards in daily operations. Operators will read, know, and apply all information provided in the manufacturer’s operator manual and will be able to interpret load charts, load testing, LMIs, and any safety instrumentation of each crane. Crane operators will know machine conditions, operational limitations, and load limitations for situations in which the operator may be involved. The operators will conduct all hoisting operations in a safe manner. Operators will be able to effectively communicate with riggers, signal persons, and other site personnel involved with hoisting operations.

The content and titles of NCCER’s mobile crane operator assessments are dependent upon each crane’s boom types while the content and titles of the practical examinations are grouped by the mount, or carriage, that is used with each crane.

Applicants who successfully complete both the knowledge and skills evaluations will be granted “certified mobile crane operator” status for a period of five years from issuance of certification.

There are four written assessments for mobile crane operator certification:

  1. Boom Truck Crane
  2. Industrial/All Purpose Crane
  3. Telescopic Boom Crane
  4. Lattice Boom Crane

Certified crane operators must continue to meet ASME B30 physical requirements throughout their certification period and attest to their agreement to this requirement in their applications.

Each student will also receive the training and testing that meets OSHA requirements for Qualified Signalperson and Qualified Basic Rigger. Pricing for these two qualifications is included in the Certified Mobile Crane Operator classes.

OSHA requires employers to use qualified riggers during hoisting activities for assembly and disassembly work, when workers are within the fall zone and hooking, unhooking or guiding a load or doing the initial connection of a load to a component or structure.  

A certified rigger is a person who has been trained and certified to handle and move loads. The level of certification depends upon the individual’s training, knowledge, skill base, and ability to perform functions related to the selection, inspection, and proper use of rigging equipment. This person may be a pipefitter, an electrician or steelworker. Each load, pick, crane or jobsite may require rigging that varies from simple to complex. Each is unique. The person designated as the rigger must have the ability to properly rig the load for a particular job. Many construction companies require certified riggers be used to attach the load to a crane hook. We offer three levels of Rigger certification to help you reach that next step in your profession.

To learn more about NCCER Crane Training, please contact Margret Meade at mmeade@iamu.org or by phone at 515.289.1999.

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