Crane Operator Training
Crane operation is a wide and varied field, used generally in construction and also manufacturing industries. The National Commission for the Certification of Crane Operators administers both written and practical exams in order to certify that potential crane operators have been informed, trained, and are qualified. They administer more than half a million written and practical examination to more than 75,000 people in all 50 states every year. The foundation, NCCCO, was founded in January 1995, and meets federal OSHA regulations as well as the American National Standard ASME BCO. It is recognized as a measure of competency for OSHA, which provides benefits to those who have received the NCCCO training.
This program is national in scope, applicable for jobs in the private sector, is independent of labor relations policies, tailored to different types of crane-related activities, requires both the written and practical test and is up for recertification every five years. This test is administered to those in a wide variety of industries, including construction, utilities, energy, steel erection, crane rental, automotive, petrochemical, and pulp/paper.
Crane Operator Responsibilities and Descriptions
But before you can take the test and become certified it is important to learn all there is to know about how to be skilled and knowledgeable when working with cranes, in order to help reduce the risk of loss, lessen accidents, and have an overall better training experience and expanded job opportunities. Many people in the field of crane use have only received their high school diploma, and then go on to outside training. This training generally involves not only time with instructors but also hands-on training working as an apprentice with the cranes. Besides generalized safety training, there are also specialized training courses for a variety of different types of crane operation, including mobile crane operation, boom truck operation, bucket truck operation, overhead crane and hoist operation, aerial work platform operation, forklift operation, as well as basic rigger and signalperson training, and training on how to properly inspect mobile cranes, rigging, overhead cranes, hoists, and rigging.
Ideally, a crane operator will have training in both general safety as well as their specific field before they receive their NCCCO certifications and move on to being a full-fledged crane operator. Once all certifications are complete, you will be well on your way to having a rewarding job in the field of crane operation.