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November 2014VOLUME 5: ISSUE 5
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Q: Has OSHA extended deadline for operators to be certified? 

A: Yes, but employers must verify that operators are competent. More

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CIC is thankful for employers who put the safety of their workers first and for our network of Practical Examiners who deliver quality testing services to operators and riggers across the country. 

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OSHA Issues Compliance Guide for Cranes & Derricks

In mid-October, OSHA issued a long-awaited compliance directive for the Cranes and Derricks in Construction regulation, which went into effect in 2010. Among the most commonly cited portions of the regulation have to do with signalpersons not being qualified or lacking proper documentation and loads not being rigged by qualified riggers. 


Using an accredited certification program for signalpersons and riggers helps employers document qualification of these key members of the lifting the crew. 


The directive, became effective Oct. 17, 2014, and includes a 19-item abbreviated inspection checklist. Read the full compliance directive.

CIC Q&A on Federal Crane Operator Certification Plans

On Sept. 26, 2014, OSHA officially extended the deadline for the requirement for crane operators to be certified by three years until November 10, 2017. OSHA emphasized that the employers' duty to ensure that crane operators are competent remains intact during the extension period, and is expected to be retained in the final rule. 


CIC encourages employers to proceed with training and testing plans in order to move forward with certifying crane operators. CIC answers frequently asked questions about the delay. More

CIC Attends Accreditation Workshop, Announces Testing Updates


CIC and Assessment Systems Staff (left to right) Krissy Heskett, Keith Morical, Nathan Thompson, Sean Finn, Susan Headley, Jared Crabtree, Amanda Branton

CIC staff recently returned from the 2014 ICE Exchange, the annual conference for Institute for Credentialing Excellence, in San Antonio, Texas, where they attended workshops designed to assist NCCA-accredited certification organizations with implementing new standards.


In other news:

  • Assessment Systems to provide comprehensive testing services.
  • New Practical Examiner flipbook simplifies practical exams. More

Partnership with ISHM Strengthens Certification for Labor and Management

CIC and Institute for Safety and Health Management (ISHM), Yuma, Ariz., announce that the organizations have each named individuals to serve on their respective advisory boards. Jim Headley, CEO of CIC, joins ISHM's Board of Directors, while Judd Christensen, CSHM, and former Safety Director of R.A. Burch Construction Company in Ramona, Calf., joins CIC's Advisory Committee. More

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Rockingham, N.C. Selected for January 17, 2015 Regional, sponsored by Crane Industry Services, M&P Specialty Insurance, and Superior Cranes 

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Smart Choice-Saving Lives

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. Other programs include certifications for operators of service/mechanics trucks, articulating boom cranes, and digger derricks. 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