Operator Training Talent Show

Just got a copy of the latest International Cranes and Specialized Transport March 2020 edition.

Highlighted in this article is about Operator Training, attracting talent and effective training to solve the construction industry’s skill shortage.

There is a section in this 4 page article and a couple of pictures I supplied to this great magazine. Enjoy the reading and if you have any questions, give me a call to discuss.

Joe Crews at joe@cranetraininginternational.com    336.337.1043

Operator Training Article March 2020

International Crane Article

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Qualified or Certified? This is the question?

Whow, again today I spent so much time talking about qualification and certification.

As part of my introduction to OSHA for all students no matter what course you are taking through CCTI, Inc., I speak about definitions, who is OSHA, when did it become a law, etc…

So, through this post I would like to help people to understand what is?

Qualified – One, who by possession of a recognized degree, certificate, or professional standing, or who by extensive knowledge, training, and experience has successfully demonstrated his ability to solve or resolve problems relating to the subject matter, the work, or the project.

Certification – Does not constitute an expert, however, individual meets certain standards and requirements which are learned in a training environment.

Competent Person – One who is capable of identifying existing and predictable hazards in the surroundings or working conditions which are unsanitary, hazardous, or dangerous to employees, and who has authorization to take prompt measure to eliminate them.

Personnel Competence – Persons performing the functions identified in volume shall meet the applicable qualifying criteria stated and shall, through education, training, experience, skill, and physical fitness as necessary, be competent and capable to perform the functions as determined by the employer or employer’s representative.

When your asking for certification or qualification, you really have to know what your asking for and what that entails as per the requirements of various accredited agencies.

If you want to be a mobile crane operator or a rigger certified, you really need to become qualified first. That means through training and be evaluated through lesson plans, testing and then you will know if your ready for the certification process.

Most time it becomes very obvious whether your ready to proceed in the next 30 days with the certification process or if you need to study the materials, practice your required trade, be evaluated by your employer and recommended for certification.

We at CCTI, Inc. have seen in the last 11 years many people placed in classes and told they were there for certification. When in actuality they were there just to gain the basic knowledge needed to be considered as qualified. This is sending the wrong message immediately to the student. As a facilitator/trainer and through the evaluation the employee it can be decided who is ready for the next step or needs to receive additional time and training before being sent for the certification.

This process has been effective for us as the employee, the facilitator, the evaluation and the employer all know at the duration what are the next steps in successfully becoming certified. Most the time the employer and the employee really only needed to become qualified, but because the definitions are not understood there is frustration. The worst part is when the employee fails the written or practical testing for qualification or certification; it lowers their self-esteem. Just think what happens when employers ask us to go ahead and set up the NCCCO practical examination for right after the initial qualification training. This is too much for the student.

So in closing, employers and employees, understand that you need to be qualified first and foremost. Then only then if it is required or necessary do you even need to be certified. And if you are required to become certified, do your homework, attend a prep class, study and receive quality training before attempting the certification.

In the last 11 years, we have received so many inquires after failing NCCCO testing because the students were not prepared. The reasons are as follows:

1-Did not take a good laid out course related to the materials for testing. Based on price sometimes you don’t always get what you pay for.                                                                         2-Student was not prepared or overwhelmed with amount of material knowledge required to pass testing.                                                                                                                        3-Company has had previous training and the instructor gave out all the answers at the end of the training session. (Yes there are people who do that) So sad!!!

Take the first step and become QUALIFIED. Then go back to your employer, practice your skills, study and take some time to experience the trade before just attempting the grueling, hard examinations required to become CERTIFIED.

IF you have further questions about certification, qualification and training contact me directly at 336 337-1043 or sales@cranetraininginternational.com or visit our website at   www.cranetraininginternational.com




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Fixed Boom Truck Mobile Crane Operator

What does it take to operate a mobile crane called a fixed Boom Truck?

These students demonstrated the skill to set up the crane, work on the crane to fix the freezing weather, calculate loads, and complete their written and practical examination.

Congratulations to the construction company in  South Carolina and remember to LOOK UP AND LIVE!!!!

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Mobile Crane in Wilmington NC

Congratulations to another great group of now qualified mobile crane operators. These students showed they not only know how to operate the mobile swing cab but also the carry deck fixed cab.

Spending the week in Wilmington, NC in beautiful 72 degrees is always welcomed in the month of February.

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Mobile Boom Truck Operator Qualified

Congratulations to the newest addition of Mobile Boom Truck Operators Qualified!!!

It was an honor to spend several days working with the newest employees to achieve their Mobile Boom Truck Fixed qualification. Several of the employees had crane experience, but several had never been on a crane prior to the class. Whether your an experienced crane operator or never stepped on a crane, this course will assist you in the skills necessary to use the crane properly, but most of all, help you with all the various aspects of being a safe and efficient crane operator.                                                                          Some of the subjects required to learn are as follows:

  • OSHA standards and ASME regulations/State agency requirements
  • Responsibilities of operator, site supervisor, lift director, rigger/signaler
  • Inspections, Testing, Maintenance – Daily, Frequent, Periodic
  • Crane and Outrigger Set-up, Leveling Procedures and Barricades
  • Operating near power lines/electrical hazards/danger zone
  • Operational Aids: LMI Systems, Computers, Anti-Two Blocking Devices
  • Static / Dynamic Loads, Drift and Boom Deflection
  • Center of Gravity, Radius, Boom Length, Boom Angle
  • Load rating chart interpretation / Weight calculation
  • Pre-lift, Critical lifts, Special lifts and Lift Planning
  • Knot-Tying, Rigging and Hardware safety
  • Sling Inspection Procedures/Care and Maintenance
  • Crane Signals-Hand, Verbal and Radio
  • Best Practices and Manufacturer’s Recommendations

Each employee spent time working on the load charts, mini tests for each subject prior to attempting to take their final written examination and practical examination.            Listed below are some pictures of their attempts to maneuver through the course set up to help demonstrate their skills.

Congratulations to each of the employees on your advancing into the crane world and you becoming an asset to the company.

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OSHA General Industry 30 Hr. Course

Introducing the newest members of the OSHA 30 Hour General Industry Course. These students represent the National Park Service. Employees traveled from all over our parks to attend the 30 hour course in Morehead City, North Carolina. There was even a representative from the United States Coast Guard currently stationed in Morehead City.

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OSHA recommends Outreach Training Programs as an orientation to occupational safety and health for workers covered by OSHA 29 CFR 1910.                                                    General industry workers must receive additional training, when required by OSHA standards, on specific hazards of the job.

Crews Crane Training International, Inc. has Outreach Trainers to provide you with the training for 10 & 30 hr in both General Industry and Construction Industry.

Listed below is the course description and classes provided to achieve the 30 hour certificate and wallet card issued. For further details contact us here at CCTI, Inc.        (336) 337-1043           www.cranetraininginternational.com

OSHA 511 General Industry 30 hr             (Course # OSHA-GEN30)                                  The Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) Outreach Training Program is a voluntary program to train workers in the basics of safety and health hazard recognition and prevention. OSHA authorizes trainers who complete general and construction industry train-the-trainer courses to conduct occupational safety and health classes for workers. OSHA has promoted workplace safety and health by authorizing trainers since 1971.

The 30-hour General Industry Outreach Training Program is intended to provide entry level general industry worker information about their rights, employer responsibilities, and how to file a complaint as well as how to identify, abate, avoid, and prevent job related hazards on a job site.The training covers a variety of general industry safety and health hazards which a worker may encounter. Training should emphasize hazard identification, avoidance, control and prevention, not OSHA standards.         

Instructional time must be a minimum of 30 hours.                                                           30-HOUR MANDATORY COURSE TOPICS                                                                                      * Introduction to OSHA – at least one hr.- OSH Act, General Duty Clause, Employer and Employee Rights and Responsibilities, Whistleblower Rights, Recordkeeping        Inspections, Citations, and Penalties, Value of Safety and Health, OSHA Website, OSHA 800 number and resources

* Managing Safety and Health – at least two hrs.

* Walking and Working Surfaces, including fall protection – at least 1 hr.

* Exit Routes, Emergency Action Plans, Fire Prevention Plans, and Fire Protection – 2 hrs.

* Electrical – at least 2 hrs.

* Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) – at least 1 hr.

* Materials Handling – at least 2 hrs.

* Hazard Communication – at least 1 Hr


Choose at least 5 of the following topics – Must add up to at least 10 hours, minimum length of any topic is one-half hour

* Hazardous Materials (Flammable and Combustible Liquids, Spray Finishing, Compressed Gases, Dipping and Coating Op)

* Permit-Required Confined Spaces

* Lockout / Tag-out

* Machine Guarding

* Welding, Cutting, and Brazing

* Introduction to Industrial Hygiene

* Bloodborne Pathogens

* Ergonomics

* Fall Protection

* Safety and Health Programs

* Powered Industrial Vehicles


Teach other general industry hazards or policies and/or expand on the mandatory or elective topics.  Optional 8 hours.

The minimum length of any topic is one-half hour.

Each student will receive:

  • Employee Training Handbook
  • Upon successful completion of the course, participants will receive an OSHA 30-Hour General Industry Outreach

Department of Labor course completion card and Attendance Certificate.

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Mobile & Overhead Crane Inspection

OSHA requires us to inspect our mobile cranes once a year. This is the opportunity to ensure that your company vehicle is compliant with not only OSHA standards as a mobile crane, but with the DOT for traveling on the open road.                                                Overhead cranes are also required to be inspected once a year.                                              For both of these style mobile and overhead cranes, you are also required to comply with inspecting the crane once per month (frequent) verifying the wire rope or chain, hook and brakes are within tolerance.

We at CCTI, Inc. provide the mobile crane service truck, articulating truck, mobile cranes, and overhead crane inspection to help you comply with the OSHA, ASME and DOT standards and regulations.


If you have any concerns about your vehicles, cranes and what is included in the inspection, contact us to help you comply with the Periodic (Annual) Inspection.          (336) 337-1043 http://www.cranetraininginternational.com

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CIC is not Accredited says OSHA

This is the reason I support NCCCO. We at Crews Crane Training International, Inc. are certified mobile crane operators and provide the training to get employees certified through NCCCO.

Read below what has been said by OSHA. CIC is not recognized by OSHA as accredited.

OSHA warning re CIC certification

The US Department of Labor/ OSHA has issued a notice stating that it no longer recognises crane operator test certifications issued by Florida based Crane Institute Certification – CIC.

The statement issued on Monday states: “OSHA will not accept CIC certification (including recertification) issued on or after December 2, 2019, as evidence of compliance with OSHA’s operator certification requirements in 29 CFR 1926.1427.”

The reason behind the agency’s announcement is that CIC has confirmed that it has no current accreditation to test and certify operators to OSHA’s standards and requirements. CIC has stated though, that it hopes to obtain the required accreditation sometime over the next few months.

On the basis that CIC was previously accredited, OSHA has made it clear that it understands that some employers will have obtained operator certification through CIC in good faith. In such cases where this is found to be the case it will not cite the employer for violating the operator certification requirement. Also that such operator certifications can run their course. BUT it will not accept any such certifications issued after December 2nd of this year, regardless of any claims of good faith.

CIC which was established in 2007 has yet to issue a statement on this development.

The full text of the announcement from Scott Ketcham, a director from the Directorate of Construction is as follows :

SUBJECT: Temporary Enforcement Policy- Certification Issued by Crane Institute Certification


Subpart CC—Cranes and Derricks in Construction requires crane operators to be certified by a certification body “accredited by a nationally recognized accrediting agency.” 29 CFR 1926.1427(d). The Crane Institute Certification (CIC) had previously been accredited by an organization that appeared to meet that requirement. However, CIC has informed OSHA it is not currently accredited by a nationally recognized accrediting agency. CIC also stated that it expects to receive that accreditation within the next few months. Therefore, operator certifications currently being issued by CIC do not meet the requirements of OSHA’s standard.
Nevertheless, OSHA understands that CIC was previously accredited, and even after its accreditation lapsed, many employers may have acted in good faith by obtaining crane operator certifications from CIC that they believed would comply with OSHA’s requirements. The agency wishes to avoid unnecessary disruptions in the industry.

Temporary Enforcement Citation Policy

To eliminate construction industry confusion going forward, OSHA will consider whether crane operators acting in good faith obtained certifications issued by CIC prior to December 2, 2019 believing they met the requirements of the standard. Where such good faith is found, employers should not be cited for violating the operator certification requirement of 29 CFR 1926.1427(d). This policy will only apply until the expiration date listed on each certificate (that date cannot exceed the 5-year maximum specified in 29 CFR 1926.1427(d)(4)).
OSHA will not accept CIC certification (including recertification) issued on or after December 2, 2019, as evidence of compliance with OSHA’s operator certification requirements in 29 CFR 1926.1427. Please contact the Directorate of Construction if there are any questions during compliance inspections about the validity of crane operator certifications issued by CIC. OSHA intends to revisit this policy when CIC produces evidence that it is accredited in accordance with the requirements found in 29 CFR 1926.1427(d).

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Carry Deck Mobile Crane Training

Congratulations to all the employees who attended the Carry Deck Mobile Crane Training. Many of the students comments as they completed the training were “they did not realized how much you had to know to be a crane operator.”

Mobile Crane Training requires a student to not only know how to push and pull levers but to also do some of the following:

  • Inspect the entire crane each day and prior to lifting
  • Calculate the load being lifted to know the weights
  • Ensure the rigging and hardware that is to be used is inspected and the correct load capacity based on angle, center of gravity and reduction factors
  • How to set up the crane properly to ensure clearance from objects and power lines
  • Proper signaling

Just a few of the things that are required each and every time your to operate the crane.

Weather is changing in Augusta, GA and it made for a great week and lots of laughter among all the students as they practiced moving a load with water around the obstacles. Learning how to operate the crab steering of the crane to enable the students to get into very tight areas of the mill.

Thanks again to all who participated and received their Mobile Crane Carry Deck Qualification

For more information contact Joe at CCTI for training opportunities

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Rigging Level 1 & 2 plus signaler

Do you know how to rig I asked? Sure I been doing this for 20+ years he says!        Another says yeap, been rigging for 30 years and I got this!!!                                             Well, those words started to change as we delved into our first few lessons on rigging.

“Did not know that he says”, Never done it like that he says, Not how I was taught he says, and on and on and on for 3 days as we studied deeper into Rigging Level 1 & 2.

I met 15 employees this week that work all over the east coast, that are preparing for their NCCCO rigging level 1 & 2 certification. Preparing them all for testing both written and practical was an interesting 3 days.

Tying the 5 knots required by a rigger, calculating sling stress, sling angles, reduction factors, finding center of gravity, using known weights, known runs, calculating what an object weighed by using (L x W x H, or circumference, angles, tubing dimensions) were all a part of being a rigger became much more challenging.

We had many laughs, uh huh moments, didn’t know that comments, I have been doing that wrong for all of my career conversations. It made for a very interesting time with these 15 employees of a construction/service company branched out of Charlotte, North Carolina. Then came the test day which made for some interesting discoveries. Not quite ready for the NCCCO test is what was revealed. May need to go home and study for about 60 days before taking the NCCCO test for Rigging Level 1 & 2.                                              That is why we provide rigging training; (to enable proper procedure and knowledge to prevent bad habits, correct bad habits and overall just learning how to rig a load properly).

I wasn’t sure what I was walking into on day 1 with such an experienced group of mechanics, plumbers, electricians, welders by trade. But one thing for sure, we laughed a lot, learned a lot and as they left on Wednesday this week, they all became more aware of what a seasoned rigger really knew when it came to saying “Hoist that load”.

Thanks to all involved that made our 3 days together a great experience. Look forward to the next time we meet.

Below are some pictures of the hard workers at MSS Supply headquartered in Charlotte, North Carolina. Remember to “Look up and Live”.

If your in need of rigging training, been rigging for 20 years or need to refresh your skills, give us a shout at Crews Crane Training International, Inc.       joe@cranetraininginternational.com    336.337.1043


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