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Crane Operator Certification Checklist


Kenny Peskin
Director, Industry Programs

Take Action on OSHA’s Crane Safety Training Certification Requirement Now!

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) requires that all crane operators in construction industries (like sign installation) be certified by November 10, 2018. Planning ahead will enable your sign business to get the training and certification needed at the lowest cost and with the smallest disruption to staff and workflow. Here's what you need to start thinking about to comply with the Crane Operator Certification rule that came into effect on November 10, 2018.

Rule Implementation: November 10, 2018

What do you need to do to comply with the Crane Operator Certification rule that came into effect on November 10, 2018?

Crane operators need to obtain certification from a recognized accreditation body or hold a valid license from one of the 16 states/7 cities that have requirements for crane operators.  Certification or licensing both involve passing an examination administered by a third-party.  

Training prepares employees to pass the certification requirements

Training for the test isn’t required. Passing the certification requirement is, and passing isn’t likely without preparation. Test prep training greatly increases the exam passage rate.

Start scheduling training now to spread out training for multiple employees. As the deadline arrived and enforcement ramps up, more affected employers are signing up for the training and the certification exams.

► Determine the number of employees you need to get trained and certified

► Research the available companies that offer training at sites near you, by date or online (select National Commission for the Certification of Crane Operators (NCCCO). Or look at the National Center for Construction Education & Research's directory of Mobile Crane Operator Certification Providers.

► Schedule any Specialty Exams that are required for your employees

► Reach out to other sign companies in your area, and see if they have staff that need to get certified as well. See if you can have a trainer come to you to do a group training for a group discount. Your company may see significant savings with a local training if you can avoid paying lodging or overtime for travel.

► What if your crane operators fail the certification exams? Schedule the exams as soon as possible in case the operators don’t pass the first time.