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Requirements & Qualifications

Mobile Crane

Mobile Crane CFR 1926.1427

Cranes and Derricks in Construction: Operator Qualification and Certification

OSHA Facts for Mobile Crane Operators:

Who needs to be certified or qualified?
Any person engaged in a construction activity who is operating a crane covered by the new cranes and derricks rule, except:

  • sideboom cranes*
  • derricks*
  • equipment with a rated hoisting/lifting capacity of 2,000 pounds or less*

*Operators of the listed equipment must meet the criteria for minimum expertise described in the applicable section in subpart CC.

Are operators of digger derricks required to be qualified or certified?

Yes, unless the digger derrick is being used to auger holes for poles carrying electric or telecommunication lines, place or remove the poles, or handle associated materials to be installed on or removed from the poles.

Does an operator need more than one certification?
With respect to certification from an accredited testing organization, an operator must be certified for the type and capacity of crane he or she is going to operate. Each accredited testing organization develops its own categories for crane type and capacity.

Can I get certification for my employees from anyone?

No! The issuing entity (e.g. NCCCO) must be accredited by a nationally recognized accrediting agency (such as ANSI or NCCA) to be sure that industry-recognized criteria for written testing materials, practical examinations, test administration, grading, facilities/equipment, and personnel have been met.

Is certification a one-time event?
No. OSHA requires that operators recertify every five (5) years.

What am I (Employer) required to do under OSHA’s new Evaluation requirement?

One of the key differences between the first Final Rule issued in 2010 and the Final Rule just published that modifies it, is the addition of a process OSHA calls Evaluation. In this Employer’s Guide we drill down into the main elements as prescribed by OSHA.

Download the Crane Operator Evaluation Form here

What specific training does OSHA require me to provide my Crane Operators?
OSHA lists the knowledge and skills it has identified as critical to safe crane operation in 1926.1427 (j)(1) and (2). Get more info here.

Helpful references:

OSHA’s Final Rule

An Employer’s guide to the OSHA final rule: Crane Operator Certification

An Employer’s Guide to the OSHA final rule: Crane Operator Training

Employer’s Crane Operator Evaluation Form

OSHA Mobile Crane Operator fact sheet


Rigging 29 CFR 1926.1404 (r) (1)

Cranes and Derricks in Construction: Qualified Rigger

This fact sheet describes the qualified rigger requirements of subpart CC – Cranes and Derricks in Construction, as specified in 29 CFR 1926.1401, 1926.1404, and 1926.1425. These provisions are effective November 8, 2010.

When is a qualified rigger required?

Employers must use qualified riggers during hoisting activities for assembly and disassembly work (1926.1404(r)(1)). Additionally, qualified riggers are required whenever 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 (1926.1425(c)).

Who can be a qualified rigger?

A qualified rigger is a rigger who meets the criteria for a qualified person. Employers must determine whether a person is qualified to perform specific rigging tasks. Each qualified rigger may have different credentials or experience.

Does a certified operator also meet the requirements of a qualified rigger?

A certified operator does not necessarily meet the requirements of a qualified rigger.

Signal Person

Signal Person

Cranes and Derricks in Construction: Signal Person Qualification

This fact sheet describes the signal person qualification requirements of subpart CC – Cranes and Derricks in Construction, as specified in 29 CFR 1926.1419 and 1926.1428. Other requirements related to signal persons can be found at 29 CFR 1926.1404, 1926.1430, 1926.1431, and 1926.1441. These provisions are effective November 8, 2010.

When is a signal person required?

A signal person is required when:

  • The point of operation is not in full view of the operator (1926.1419(a)).
  • The operator’s view is obstructed in the direction the equipment is traveling.
  • Either the operator or the person handling the load determines that a signal person is needed because of site-specific safety concerns.

How does a signal person become qualified?

Employers must use one of the following options to ensure that a signal person is qualified (see 1926.1428)

  1. Third party qualified evaluator. The signal person has documentation from a third party qualified evaluator showing that he or she meets the qualification requirements.
  2. Employer’s qualified evaluator (not a third party). The employer’s qualified evaluator assesses the individual, determines the individual meets the qualification requirements, and provides documentation of that determination. This assessment may not be relied on by other employers. Refer to 1926.1401 for definitions of qualified evaluators.

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What others say about us

“I’m the Transportation Supervisor at the Valero Wilmington refinery my responsibilities are all crane activities which include training and testing. We have used several training companies over the years and I can say without hesitation that Nationwide Crane Training has provided us the highest quality instructors that were professional, courteous, and prepared. We have used them for both the practical and written portions of the NCCCO testing, which resulted in a very high pass rate for our crane operators. It has also been a pleasure to work with the office personnel who worked very hard to accommodate our scheduling requirements and are very thorough with paperwork and billing.”

- Steve Gallegos

“I wanted to thank Nationwide Crane Training for the extremely informative class I attended last January. I was able to gain an abundance amount of knowledge on crane operation and practices, most importantly crane safety. Your extensive background in the crane industry is very noticeable, and your ability to teach all of this information in a classroom atmosphere is very impressive. As one of your student’s I feel I gained a new perspective as a crane operator, by being more efficient, and developed a skill with controlling the cranes load. Once again thanks for all of the tips, and I hope to attend one of your other classes”

- Juan Lopez

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- Howard de Fluiter

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