Crane Operators Get High Tech Training

Gone are the days of exclusively learning on the job: Crane operator (rigging) training has become more rigorous and high-tech, reflecting the profession’s high standards. As specialists in the crane operator insurance industry, we follow the latest news very closely.  Virtual reality has revolutionized crane operator training. CIS partnered with CM Labs Simulations to add simulation training to their course offerings for cranes, maritime and port equipment, and machines for earth moving. To accomplish this, they have both full-scale models and portable simulation equipment.


The National Commission for the Certification of Crane Operators (NCCCO) oversees the industry’s certification and written exams.


These include:

  • Mobile Crane Operator
  • Tower Crane Operator
  • Overhead Crane Operator
  • Digger Derrick Operator
  • Rigger Level 1
  • Rigger Level 2


These are both Occupational Safety and Health Association (OSHA) recognized, and American National Standards Institute (ANSI) accredited. Crane operators are required to have national certification. To ensure high standards, crane operators must re-certify every five years. Find a provider who is authorized to conduct training and certification testing for some of the NCCCO’s exams, like Crane Industry Services (CIS), which is based in Georgia but provides open enrollment at different locations. The Crane Inspection and Crane Certification Bureau (CICB) is also a resource for NCCO training courses in addition to practical exams.


Operators and employers benefit from the skills gained when operators practice techniques in a simulated environment. Similar to pilot training this virtual practice is particularly valuable for situations that require two or more operators to work together as a team. Entry-level learners can gain confidence as they learn the fundamentals on a simulator. Additionally, employers can assess their team members’ real-life job skills and knowledge in a safe, supervised environment reducing the likelihood of crane accidents.


After completing training make sure that you mention to your crane operator insurance provider that you have re-certified or taken additional training courses. Would you like a review of your crane insurance or crane operators’ coverage? Contact our crane operator insurance specialists to review your coverage and ensure you are adequately protected.


Note: While not yet required for riggers, nationally recognized certification programs are available and advisable.