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Crane Operations

CITCA’s training courses are taught by industry subject matter experts, and CITCA programs have been recognized and accepted by OSHA, and accepted by all major industry leaders including Bechtel, American Tower, AT&T, T-Mobile, Verizon, Sprint, Crown Castle, SBA, Goodman Networks, and many others. All CITCA training programs meet or exceed ANSI and OSHA standards. With 6 regional training location across the US, our goal is to make CITCA training easy to access and affordable to clients in any part of the nation. We also provide on-site training at our customers locations.

Student/Instructor Ratio for all practical skills / competency based classes 8:1

All CITCA programs meet or exceed OSHA, ANSI, and NATE CTS

OSHA 10: Construction Industry Outreach Training Program

Course Length: 2 Days/10 Hours

The OSHA 10 Hour Construction Industry Outreach Training Program is intended to provide an entry level construction worker’s general awareness on recognizing and preventing hazards on a construction site. The course will cover all required OSHA modules including:

  • Introduction to OSHA and the OSH Act
  • General safety and Health Provisions
  • Health Hazards: Hazard Communication
  • Health Hazards: Hazardous Materials
  • Cranes and Rigging
  • Focus Four: Electrical Safety
  • Struck-By and Caught in Between
  • Fall Protection
  • Personal Protective Equipment
  • Hand and Power Tools
  • Scaffolds
  • Stairways and Ladders


Course Length: 5 Days/30 Hours

The OSHA 30-hour General Industry Outreach Training course is a comprehensive safety program designed for anyone involved in general industry.

Note: The 30 Hour General Industry Outreach course is NOT equivalent to the OSHA 510 or 511 courses and will not meet the course prerequisites to take the OSHA 500 or 501 courses.

Specifically devised for safety directors, foremen, and field supervisors; the program provides complete information on OSHA compliance issues including:

  • Introduction to OSHA and the OSH Act
  • Basic Safety Orientation
  • Walking & Working Surfaces
  • Emergency Action Plan
  • Hazardous Materials
  • Hazwoper
  • Personal Protective Equipment
  • Confined Spaces & Permit Required Confined Spaces/li>
  • Lockout/Tagout
  • Materials Handling & Storage
  • Machine Guarding Safety
  • Welding, Cutting, and Brazing
  • Electrical Safety
  • Hazard Communication
  • Hazardous Substances & Industrial Hygiene
  • Bloodborne Pathogens
  • Record Keeping & Reporting
  • Workplace Violence
  • Safety and Health Programs
  • Ergonomics
  • Hazards of Asbestos in the Workplace
  • Lead Safety in the Workplace
  • Ionizing and Non-Ionizing Radiation Safety
  • Formaldehyde Awareness
  • Process Safety Management of Highly Hazard Materials

Certified Rigger Level 1

Course Length: 1 Day/8 Hours

NCCCO has identified the following job duties for Rigger Level I certification which CITCA Rigger Training conforms to. A Certified Rigger Level I can perform simple, repetitive rigging tasks when the load weight, center of gravity, the rigging, and rigging configuration are provided or known by the rigger through experience or on-the-job training prior to the rigging activities. Specifically, Level I Riggers should be able to demonstrate or have knowledge of how to:

  • Inspect rigging before use
  • Identify and attach rigging with basic knowledge of hitch configurations, capacities, and basic knots
  • Recognize associated hazards
  • Signal operations
  • Use various types of rigging equipment and basic hitches and their applications

Certified Rigger Level 2

Course Length: Multiple options available, consult your CITCA representative for more information.

In addition to knowing and demonstrating Rigger Level I knowledge and skills, a Certified Rigger Level II can select rigging components and procedures based on rigging capacity. A Level II Rigger can perform the following rigging tasks unsupervised:

  • Estimate load weight and center of gravity
  • Identify lift points
  • Determine and select rigging based on loading
  • Perform pre-use inspection of rigging and lift points
  • Identify and attach rigging with knowledge of hitch configurations and load angle factors, rigging capacities, and load integrity
  • Understand load dynamics and associated hazards

As applicable, Level II Riggers will also have a working knowledge of hoisting equipment, winches, jacks, industrial rollers, and similar equipment.

Crane Institute Certification (CIC)

Course Length: 4 Days/24 Hours

Mobile Crane Operator Training and Certification Exam

This class is instructed by Jocko Vermillion, Vice President of CITCA, and a Crane Institute Certified Instructor. Mr. Vermillion is a Tower Safety Expert & Authorized OTI Instructor with more than 10 years of experience as an OSHA Compliance Officer.

Learn the technical aspects of mobile crane operation with emphasis on safety, load charts, set up & operating practices. Our basic class/certification program is an excellent introduction for beginners or part time operators, and a perfect refresher for experienced operators.

Crane Operator Certification

Telescoping Boom Cranes

  • Under 21 tons (fixed cab)
  • 21 to 75 tons (fixed or rotating cab)
  • Over 75 tons (rotating cab)

Lattice Boom Cranes

  • Crawler or carrier mounted

Tower Cranes

  • Self-erecting, fixed jib, or luffing boom

Multi-Purpose Cranes

  • Articulating Boom Cranes
  • Service/Mechanic Truck Cranes
  • Precast Concrete Delivery Cranes (under 21-ton capacity, fixed or rotating operator station). Special designations can be issued for a specific type, make, model or configuration, including digger Derrick or friction cranes.

How to Get Certified

In order to earn an accredited CIC crane operator certification candidates must take and pass both a Written Exam and a Practical Exam. The Written Exam will consist of a general knowledge portion and a supplemental exam section for each type of certification the candidate wishes to achieve.

The Practical Exam is a demonstration of the candidate’s skills actually operating the crane. One Practical Exam can qualify an operator for several types of certification, as long as the corresponding Written Exam supplements are passed. Crane operator certifications are valid for a period of five years from the date the first Written or Practical Exam is passed.

Heavy Equipment Safety

Course Length: 1/2 Day/4 Hours

This course introduces basic construction and maintenance safety by stressing how to follow Safe work practices and procedures, to inspect safety equipment before use, and to use safety equipment properly. Recognizing that the typical construction site has many hazards, trainees will learn that a job site does not have to be a dangerous place to work. Basic safety begins by eliminating hazards in the equipment and the workplace.

Also covered are basic hand tool safety used in construction and maintenance. Trainees will be introduced to the OSHA requirements for proper hand and power tool safety, how to use common tools safely and how to maintain those tools. It also introduces some specialty tools used by different crafts. Recognizing and caring for tools is an important job skill for all workers.

Rigging involving construction equipment introduces the basic principles and practices behind safe and efficient rigging operations. At this level of training, no trainee should perform rigging operations. Only a qualified person should perform the rigging and moving of any size load on a job. Trainees need only be aware of basic equipment requirements and selection criteria at this stage of their training. They will be introduced to factors such as load stress in this basic topic.

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