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NCCER Onshore Construction Crane Operator Certification Process

Mobile Crane Operator Qualification Program

This course will assist the student in successfully completing the written and practical assessment under the NCCER/NACB Crane Operator certification process which is accredited under ANSI B30.5 adopted and required by OSHA. This is a two day course process with the first day covering the assessment content on the NCCER written assessment based on a specific style crane (telescopic, industrial all purpose, lattice, boom truck) that the candidate operates. The second day the written assessment and practical evaluation is conducted. NCCER recommends conducting the practical evaluation on the crane that the candidate is familiar with. The candidate must successfully complete a CDL type medical exam (current in possessing a Medical Examiners Card) and be able to provide evidence of a negative drug test within the previous 12 months prior to enrolling in this course. There is no guarantee that the candidate will successfully complete this process; they have to earn it by successfully passing a written assessment (closed book) and a practical evaluation on the type crane that the candidate will operate consisting of a variety of evaluating exercises. Successful candidates will receive a card and certificate acknowledging qualification credentials and will be entered into a national database whereby operators may be able to view those credentials if they have been given approval. Crane operators must be qualified on the specific type and tonnage of the crane they operate in construction. All crane operators operating a crane covered under the 1926 Construction Standard must be qualified under a nationally accredited training program. The qualification is good for 5 years.

Construction Cranes Course Contents (customized to the type crane the candidate operates):

A. Orientation to the Trade- General Standards, Crane Operator Responsibilities, Specific Type Cranes overview presented.

B. Basic Principals of Cranes- component & operations terminology, reeving patterns, lifting capacity factors (ground conditions, bearing surface, mats, leveling, quadrant of operations, center of gravity), Boom considerations (length, angle, radius and elevation), side loading, swing out, dynamic loading, capacity charts, critical lifts, crane safety devices, transportation to and from the job site topics are covered.

C. Rigging Practices- rigging hardware (hooks, shackles, eyebolts, lugs, turnbuckles, clamps, links, spreader & equalizer beams, slings (types, angles, capacity, use & care), wire rope, tag lines, rigging safety principles.

D. Crane Safety- load handling, working around voltage lines, emergency response.

E. Operating a Crane- controls, hazards.

F. Communications- communication process, methods of communication, multiple crane lift operations, signaling.

G. Inspections- types (frequent & periodic), recordkeeping.

H. Wire Rope- types, uses & care.

I. Safety Devices- Load Moment Indicators, Anti Two Block devices operation.

J. Load Dynamics- leverage & stability requirements.

K. Onsite travel- requirements.

L. Load Charts- specific information & exercises for calculating capacity for specific cranes are covered.

M. Telescopic boom attachment/Lattice Boom – assembly/disassembly considerations if applicable.

N. Advanced Operational Lifting- personnel lifts, blind lifts, multiple crane lifts, cold weather operations.

O. Lift Planning- lift plan components.

P. Personnel hoisting- platform requirements, rigging requirements, operational requirements.

Q. Emergency Procedures- proper response to fire, power lines, various lifting failures are presented.