On July 28, 2010, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) issued a final rule regulating Cranes and Derricks in Construction. The rule addresses the four primary causes of death and injury to construction workers as well as other hazards associated with crane use including requirements for ground conditions, assembly and disassembly of cranes, inspection of equipment, working around power lines. Additionally, the rule covers the training and certification/qualification of crane operators, the use of qualified riggers, and signal person qualification.
All provisions of the rule became effective on November 14, 2010, with the exception of the operator certification and qualification requirements. This provision was finalized on November 9, 2018 and operator certification became effective on December 10, 2018. Employers are now required to evaluate the competency of their crane operators. A summary of the requirements can be found under the AGC of America Resources section below. AGC also created a form to assist with crane operator qualification and evaluation documentation.
Crane Operator Certification Programs
One option for certifying crane operators is through an accredited third-party testing organization that administers written and practical tests of the operator. These organizations are considered to be accredited if they have met all requirements detailed in section §1926.1427(d). Crane operator certifications can be by: (1) Type; or (2) Type and Capacity. Crane operators must have been certified by December 10, 2018. The list below provides the names of three organizations currently recognized by OSHA to offer crane certifications. Clicking on the name of each organization listed will direct you to their website.
- National Commission for the Certification of Crane Operators (NCCCO)
- National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER)
- Crane Institute Certification - NOT CURRENTLY ACCREDITED (see OSHA policy dated 11/25/2019)
AGC of America Resources
- AGC Crane Operator Qualification & Evaluation Summary
- AGC Crane Operator Qualification & Evaluation Documentation Form
- AGC's Professional Mobile Crane Operations Program
Additional Information and Resources
- OSHA Cranes and Derricks Webpage
- OSHA Letters of Interpretation
- OSHA Compliance Assistance Materials
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This page was last updated on March 28, 2023.