Crane operators who need to earn federally required certifications to work in the United States can once again take the tests through Crane Institute Certification (CIC). 

The Sanford, Florida, company is again testing crane operators and issuing certifications that are recognized by the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). In 2019, a clerical delay caused the company’s accreditation to lapse. CIC’s application for re-accreditation was then delayed by the COVID-19 pandemic and other factors until it was finally completed in December 2023.

OSHA requires any crane that can lift 2,000 lbs. or more and is working in a construction application to be run by a certified operator. To become certified, a crane operator must pass a written test and a practical (operating-skill) test given by an accredited testing organization. Those organizations include NCCCO, NCCER, some unions, the military, and now, once again, Crane Institute Certification (CIC). CIC currently tests and certifies operators to run telescoping-boom cranes (small, medium, and large), articulating-boom cranes, and lattice-boom crawler/carrier cranes.

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