Knuckle Boom Crane Training

knuckle boom crane trainingKnuckle Boom Crane Training and You—Do You Need It or Not?

You see them almost every day but may not even know it. Knuckle Boom Cranes have become such an integral part of our lives here in America that we don’t even bat an eyelash when we see one driving down the road (unless it’s really big—like Effer’s 885 10-ton behemoth). But many much smaller knuckle boom cranes are used in various industries from delivery and construction to telecommunication and public utilities. You don’t think anything of passing a log truck on the highway or a pickup truck-mounted knuckle boom on your way to work—but maybe you should. With the growing prevalence of knuckle boom trucks in a wide array of industries, the need for knuckle boom crane training is increasing as well.

These types of lifting machines have been extremely popular in Europe for decades because their compact size and utility allows them to operate in tight quarters (like a village street) with extreme precision. They’re also very efficient—using hydraulic pistons for smooth, reliable lifting power. Now that popularity has really spread around the globe, making knuckle boom cranes essential equipment for hundreds of thousands of companies worldwide.

Here in The United States, understanding the rules, regulations, and requirements of knuckle boom crane training, certification, and operation can be a nightmare. Let’s see if we can demystify the world of this utilitarian lifting machine a little.

What is a Knuckle Boom Truck?

A knuckle boom truck is a truck onto which a knuckle boom crane has been mounted. Sounds simple right? Well, even this definition can get complicated. Knuckle boom lifts can be mounted on:

  • Pickup trucks
  • Commercial trucks
  • Trailers

That mounting can be permanent or temporary. In some cases, the crane can even be removed from the truck and operated as a standalone unit—often seen in logging and forestry operations.

However, anytime these two pieces of machinery are connected, you have a knuckle boom truck.

Do OSHA Regulations Pertain to Knuckle Boom Cranes?

The agency which oversees and regulates almost every industry in which knuckle boom cranes are operating here in The United States is the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). This agency creates a large number of rules and regulations pertaining to the safe operation of equipment in the workplace—including cranes.

Does OSHA have regulations that apply to knuckle boom cranes? Yes. At least in some cases. For example, if a knuckle boom truck is being used to deliver building materials to a construction site and simply drops those materials at ground level, it’s considered a delivery vehicle and no special certification is needed.

If that truck is supposed to deliver those materials above ground level (say to an upper story of a multi-level construction site) or to position equipment (like generators) at the site, it can be considered a construction vehicle. In that case, the operator needs to have certification from a nationally accredited agency.

However, that’s not to say that knuckle boom crane training is unnecessary. Even in circumstances in which certification isn’t required the operator must always be “qualified.” This qualification can often be demonstrated through on-the-job experience but may also be demonstrated through successfully completing a knuckle boom crane training course.

Do You Need Certification for a Knuckle Boom Crane?

Because knuckle boom cranes come in such a wide array of sizes and configurations and are used in such a variety of ways that certification isn’t always necessary. In The United States, certification requirements are almost always based on the machine’s lifting capacity (not necessarily the maximum height of the lifting equipment.

For example, if you’re operating a knuckle boom crane with a capacity of fewer than 5 tons, no special certification is needed in most cases. However, if you’re operating a knuckle boom with a capacity between 5 and 65 tons, certification is required.

This flow chart was created to help individuals understand federal regulations pertaining to the certification of crane operators. Just answer the questions as prompted and follow the arrows to find out whether or not you need accredited certification in order to safely (and legally) operate a knuckle boom crane in your area.

What Is the Most Popular Certification for Knuckle Boom Crane Training?

The National Commission for the Certification of Crane Operators (NCCCO) is a nationally accredited and OASHA-approved supervisory agency for crane training facilities and programs. Nationwide Crane Training has been using programs that strictly adhere to NCCCO guidelines for years to train and certify operators in the safe and proper use of a variety of equipment (including multiple types and classes of cranes). For example, NCT offers off-site private training sessions for both Articulated Boom Cranes (ABCs) and Articulated Boom Loaders (ABLs) in addition to their on-site crane training courses available at multiple campuses across the country.

NCT is also now offering NCCCO certified knuckle boom crane training in private, closed-enrollment classes at hosted locations all over The United States. The training program is flexible, affordable, and can be conducted when it suits your schedule at a location of your choosing.

To learn more about knuckle boom crane training and the various certification requirements for your company’s crane operators, contact NCT today. Call us at (877) 628-2762 or contact us online.

OSHA Revokes Crane Institute Certification (CIC) Accreditation

OSHA Revokes CIC’s Accreditation

In a shocking announcement last month (November 2019), the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) revoked the accreditation of a previously nationally recognized crane training certification program. Crane Institute Certification (CIC) is no longer nationally accredited, meaning that the program cannot currently certify crane operators in the construction industry. Furthermore, certificates held by current crane operators were immediately invalidated by the move, leaving thousands of working operators without the necessary documentation they need to safely operate cranes and other machinery under OSHA regulations.

Is Accredited Certification Required?

OSHA regulations mandate that all crane operators engaged in construction activity (including the transport of certain building materials and construction-related equipment) be certified by a “nationally recognized and accredited” program. While there are some exceptions for mobile crane operators working in a temporary capacity on construction sites, the vast majority of crane operators (whether self-employed, employed by a contractor, or fulltime construction company employees) must have this certification in order to lawfully work.

If OSHA inspections find crane operators at worksites are not properly certified, the agency has the ability to issue stop work orders and citations that could result in steep fines.

What This Means for Your Crane Operators

Because the revocations of CIC accreditation was so sudden, OSHA has taken a lenient stance on enforcement. In a November 26th, 2019 press release OSHA stated that:

  • CIC-issued certifications are no longer compliant
  • OSHA “does not intend” to cite employers if their crane operators obtained CIC certification prior to December 2nd, 2019 “in good faith”
  • CIC certification will “temporarily” not be accepted by OSHA

Alternative OSHA-Approved Certification Programs

Nationwide Crane Training (NCT) currently offers a variety of OSHA-approved crane operator certification programs. These training programs result in operators earning certification accredited by the National Commission for the Certification of Crane Operators (NCCCO).

Classes are available in:

  • Mobile Crane Operator
  • Heavy Equipment Operator
  • STC Certification

Enrollment for the next cycle of classes is currently underway at NCT facilities in California, Iowa, Alabama and North Carolina.

Additionally, NCT offers NCCCO accredited certification via private classes held at remote facilities across the country.

For more information about NCT, the nationally accredited crane operator certification programs they offer, or about scheduling a class near you, contact us online or call (877) 628-2726.

NCCCO Crane Operator Certification


NCCCO certificationNationwide Crane Training is a leader in providing individuals and groups with training and exams to obtain NCCCO Crane Operator Certification. More than ever, finding quality crane training is of the utmost importance. In addition to the added measure of safety a well-trained crane operator provides, NCCCO crane operator certification also meets – OSHA & ASME requirements. Continue reading “NCCCO Crane Operator Certification” »

The True Story Hidden in Nationwide Crane Training Reviews

Nationwide Crane Training has been providing top-quality training to independent and affiliated crane and boom truck operators all over the country. We’ve crafted NCCCO test preparation that pushes students so they’ve nothing to fear from the actual exam. In fact, the vast majority pass the very first time. In addition, we help companies large and small through the certification process one step at a time.

But you can only learn so much from what a company tells you. That’s why we invite you to discover the real story hidden within the Nationwide Crane Training reviews our students and their supervisors have posted over the years.

Unique Class Structure and Curriculum Focus

Our instructors are some of the best in their field with decades of experience in real world situations. They’ve not only heard about the problems your operators will come up against, they’ve overcome them.

“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 . . .”

But it’s their dedication to the individual student that really stands out. The instructors specifically limit their class sizes so each student gets the attention they need—unlike many of the other training programs available.

“I can’t think of any other training where they spend so much time trying to help people get thru the course like you folks did.”

And when our students finally pass their test, they’ve already made up their minds to train with us in the future.

“I will definitely say that your class without a doubt has made me an all around better operator, and my co-workers also notice the difference. I also told my boss and our training [coordinator] that when they book the next class to be sure to ask for you.”

Dedication to Your Success

Our training program has been designed to get the job done safely and effectively so you don’t have to waste your valuable time and money sending operators to repeat classes over and over.

“Nationwide Crane Training, Inc. pass/fail ratio for the testing of this class is impressive. I am pleased to be able to recommend Nationwide Crane Training, Inc. as a very competent source for crane operator certification training and testing.”

In fact, our guarantee states that your operators will pass their written exams after they complete our training or they can come back and relearn with us without spending a dime on anything but their travel and the IAI fees.

“NCT was organized, efficient, and willing to do whatever was needed to get our employees through this training process in a safe and timely manner”

In short, we make NCCCO certification easy. In fact, one of the Nationwide Crane training reviews on our website called the actual NCCCO exam “cake” compared to the prep we put the operators through during our 3-day classes.

“After hearing other operators tell how difficult their experiences were with other crane training programs, I was a little nervous. I found that with Nationwide Crane Training there was no need to be nervous.”

We Share Nationwide Crane Training Reviews Proudly

Why? Because these are unvarnished opinions from crane operators—like you—who have gone through one of our courses and have taken time out of their busy work and personal life to drop us a note saying “thanks.” In the end, that’s what it’s all about: giving operators the skills they need to stay safe, be more productive, and feel confident that they can get the job done. That means the world to us.

“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.”

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Crane Training for Jobs in California

Crane Operator Training in essential for finding a Crane Job in California

Crane operator training in California is essential because the Golden State is one of a handful of states that require all operators to earn NCCCO re-certification every 5 years. Crane operators need to stay on top of their skills and any new regulations in order to remain constantly eligible for the over 8,000 high paying crane operator jobs in California.

How much can you earn in California? Crane operator training can lead to a very lucrative career for any individual. Entry level positions pay up to $39,000 per year while the average is closer to $54,000!

Crane Operator Training in California Made Easy

Nationwide Crane Training can make the certification and re-certification process easier so you can get on with your career and quit worrying about testing. Our dedicated Crane Training School is centrally located in Bakersfield, California and the course only lasts 6 days!

NCT has been in the business of training expert crane operators for years. We’re a nationwide company that provides expert instructors, hands-on learning, and a guarantee like no other. Not only are our crane operator classes affordable – up to 20% less than the competition – each student is guaranteed to pass the written portion of their exams!

In addition, NCT training is flexible and can be adapted to fit your schedule. We can even provide equipment on which to train if you don’t have — or don’t want to transport — your own.

From signalperson skills to crane safety and beyond, NCT offers a variety of group and individual crane operator classes across California. Find the classes nearest you: call 877-NCT-CRANE or 877-628-2726 right now.