Federal Crane Operator Certification

The Building Trades Employers’ Association would like to issue a reminder to all employers that the effective date for the new Federal Crane Operator Certification Rule is November 10, 2018 for construction employers.

Under this rule, the Massachusetts Hoisting and Rigging License WILL NOT count for compliance. Only exams that contain a written and a practical portion will meet the federal criteria for compliance. We recommend ensuring that all of your crane operators have received the National Commission for the Certification of Crane Operators (NCCCO) or Crane Institute Certification (CIC) training for each type of crane they control.

Employers signatory with the Operating Engineers Local #4 should be aware that all Local #4 operators are already NCCCO certified and no further action is needed.

Private instructors are available through NCCCO and CIC.  The BTEA has created the attached document to better inform our members of the Federal and various State certification requirements.

As soon as possible, we recommend that all employers of crane operators ensure that their state licenses are up to date and to require employees achieve NCCCO/CIC certification. While there is always the chance that the Federal Crane Operation Certification Rule will be delayed again, there will be a last minute rush all across the industry, so it is best to be ahead of the curve.

BTEA Crane Operator Certification Overview

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