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September 2014VOLUME 5: ISSUE 4
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Q: How often are CIC accredited certifications reviewed by NCCA and ANSI?

A: CIC exam processes are reviewed annually for ANSI audits and annually for an NCCA annual report. More

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Northwest, Sept. 5

Midwest, Oct. 11

Northeast, Oct. 25

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Southeast, Jan. 17
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CIC Honors Crane Operators and Riggers on Labor Day


As many of you took a break from your jobs earlier this week, CIC wants to say thank you to the employers, trainers, operators, and riggers who put safety, training, and certification first.


This issue of Certification Insider shares news about several of CIC's Practical Examiners and Operators. We'd like to hear more from you about the good work you do every day.


Send us your stories. Share them with us on FaceBook or email Tracy Bennett at 

CIC Examiners, Operator Recover Fire Truck

CIC Practical Examiners Ron Morrison and Tim Edwards, and CIC-certified crane operator Pat Smith recently worked together to recover a fire truck that fell into a substructure of an old building in Greensburg, Ky., The basement void had been left unfilled after a building had been razed to the first floor deck more than 30 years ago.


The three men each work for different companies, but often collaborate on training, certification testing, and lifting projects. According to Morrison, the three often work together to bring crane training and certification to region.


Morrison prepared the lift plan and Smith conducted the structural evaluation of the lifting points. During the recovery, Edwards operated the Link-Belt HTC-8676 while Smith operated the Grove TMS475. Morrison directed the lift. Edwards is a member of the CIC Governing Committee.


View a video of the recovery at WSAV3.

Ohio CIC PE Announces Mid-America OSHA Education Center Affiliation

(L to R) Rob Medlock, VP SCT, with Susan White, Director of Mid-America OSHA Education Center, and Jocko Vermillion, VP SCT.

SCT, an authorized CIC practical exam location in Middleburg Heights, Ohio, is now affiliated with the OSHA Training Institute Education Centers for the Mid-America Region.


Rob Medlock, former Area Director for OSHA-Cleveland, and Jocko Vermillion, a former OSHA compliance officer, are outreach trainers for Mid-America OSHA Education Center. They will offer CIC testing at both of Mid-America's locations in Middleburg Heights and Springboro, Ohio. In addition to providing CIC testing, SCT offers comprehensive engineering services, safety and health training programs, and occupational health and workplace safety solutions.


"Our new partnership with OSHA Training Institute Education Centers, which is a cooperative effort of OSHA, USDOL, and the Ohio Valley Construction Education Foundation, allows us to deliver CIC crane operator, rigger, and signalperson certifications to a broader group off industrial and construction personnel," said Vermillion, Vice President, Construction and Telecommunications, for SCT.

CIC Sends Letter to US Secretary of Labor Perez


Since May 2014, CIC has been working with a coalition of crane industry organizations to encourage OSHA to keep crane operator certification requirements on track for implementation within 1-3 years.


Although CIC ultimately did not sign the Coalition letter to U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas Perez, it will send its own letter of support addressing these key points.

  • Employer responsibility to train and qualify workers never ends.
  • Certification and employer responsibility, together, saves lives.

"CIC appreciates that industry experts realize that accredited certification helps prevent accidents and saves lives," said Debbie Dickinson, Executive Director.


Calling all Crane Operators! Registration Now Open for Regional Skills Events


Crane Institute Certification (CIC) announces the hosts for nine Regional Crane Operator & Rigger Skills Competitions to take across the United States, beginning Sept. 5, 2014.


The Crane Operator & Rigger Skills Competition is designed to underscore the need for safe crane operation. The only crane operator recognition program of this scale in North America, the event provides a venue for the best crane operators to set the bar for all crane professionals.


Twenty top qualifiers from the CIC Regionals will advance to a Championship, to be held at a high-profile venue in late 2015. Regional hosts will sponsor the travel and hotel expenses for the finalists to compete for cash and other prizes at the Championship. More


How Certification Contributes to the Safety of Digger Derrick Operators


Do Digger Derrick Operators ever have to be certified?  Yes, digger derrick operators have to be certified when performing lift work that does not fall under Subpart V. 


Jerry Rivera, Director of Safety for the National Electrical Contractor Association, provided explanation in a January 2013 issue of Electrical Contractor magazine. He said: "Digger derricks used in construction related activities, such as installation of traffic signals, lighting and other work not meeting the Subpart V definition, fall outside the exemption . . . employers still have to ensure that digger derrick operators have been trained and are proficient in the safe operation of such equipment prior to use." More

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Crane Institute Certification (CIC), Villa Rica, Ga., is an independent certifying organization providing OSHA recognized, NCCA and ANSI accredited certifications for mobile crane operators according to type and capacity, as well as rigger and signalperson certifications. CIC is committed to serving construction, utility and power generation, underground construction, manufacturing, and heavy industry by providing efficient and relevant certifications to meet or exceed OSHA requirements and industry best practices.

With CIC you can complete one Practical Exam for up to five certifications. Exam questions and tasks are relevant to real-world work sites. Exams are available in English and Spanish. Learn more at