Mobile Crane Operations
This comprehensive Mobile Crane Operations curriculum prepares learners for a career as skilled professionals as mobile crane operators.
This three-level curriculum places strong emphasis on safe work practices, while covering rigging, crane operations, telescopic and lattice boom assembly and disassembly, load dynamics, lift planning and more. Coverage of safety, communications and emergency procedures are integrated throughout to ensure learners are prepared to safely operate mobile cranes.
Mobile Crane Operator Certification Providers
Explore organizations that offer the Rigger & Signal Person Certification Program assessments and practical examinations to the public. Please contact the organizations directly for dates, locations, and costs.
NCCER has a policy in place to avoid conflict of interest and maintain the integrity of the Mobile Crane Operator Certification Program (MCOCP) which states Certified Practical Examiners must not train the same operators who they assess or examine and assessment proctors must not be involved in the training of personnel being assessed. This is explicitly stated in the NCCER Mobile Crane Operator Certification Program Procedure Manual.
For more information regarding NCCER’s Certification Programs that meet/exceed current ASME & OSHA standards, see Mobile Crane Operator and Rigger/Signal Person Certification Programs.
Module ID 21101: Provides an overview of the entire course and highlights the duties and responsibilities of a mobile crane operator. Discusses ASME B30.5 and 29 CFR 1926, Subpart CC, as well as crane operator certification.
Module ID 21102: Introduces mobile crane equipment with an in-depth discussion of terminology and nomenclature. Explains the basic scientific principles associated with mobile crane operation.
Module ID 38102: from Basic Rigger: Describes basic rigging and safety practices related to rigging activities. Describes the use and inspection of equipment and hardware used in rigging. Explains how to apply common hitches. Covers jacks and hoisting equipment.
Module ID 53101: from Signal Person: Describes the communication process between the signal person and the crane operator. Covers electronic communications as well as the standard hand signals in 29 CFR 1926.
Module ID 21105: Describes preparations and considerations prior to lifting operations. Provides an opportunity to become familiar with the operation of a crane and the functions of its controls.
Module ID 21202: Discusses the power systems that enable cranes to perform. Discusses diesel and gasoline/propane engines and electrical/motor-generator, as well as mechanical, electrical, pneumatic, and hydraulic power systems.
Module ID 21205: Provides information on load moment indicators, anti-two-block devices, load indicators, and other operator aids that are installed in cranes. Describes input devices associated with these operator aids and the information they provide.
Module ID 21204: Covers the components of wire rope and inspection requirements and procedures for wire rope, load blocks, and sheaves. Explains proper installation of wire rope, maintenance guidelines, and end terminations and preparations.
Module ID 21203: Covers the types of inspections typically performed on mobile cranes. Describes service requirements for crane maintenance.
Module ID 21206: Covers leverage, forward and backward stability, operational quadrants, submerged lifts, non-centered lifts, and other forces that affect stability.
Module ID 21308: Discusses the proper handling, loading and unloading, and securing procedures for mobile cranes and their components. Presents information on driver requirements and procedures for securing the mobile crane for transporting.
Module ID 21207: Covers site hazards and restrictions that could hinder on-site crane movement; safety considerations involved in crane movement over unlevel ground; pick-and-carry operations; and power line contact. Also addresses flotation capacity.
Module ID 21301: Discusses the importance of load charts and charts that apply to different configurations. Includes on rubber, on-outrigger, jib, and deduction charts, as well as range diagrams and operational notes. Covers parts of line and capacity calculations.
Module ID 21304: Discusses lift plan implementation, including reference information, calculations, single- and multiple-crane lifting, critical lifts, and engineering considerations.
Module ID 21302: Covers the setup and stowing of swing away extensions and various jibs, as well as the assembly of intermediate boom sections, on telescopic cranes. Includes the description and operating characteristics of manual and power luffing jibs.
Module ID 21306: Identifies lattice-boom components and provides pre-/post-assembly considerations. Provides step-by-step guidance in the assembly and disassembly of lattice booms.
Module ID 21305: Examines ASME B30.23 and 29 CFR 1926.550(g) requirements while presenting advanced operation techniques for hoisting personnel.
Module ID 21303: Covers multi-crane lifts, critical lifts, blind lifts, and demolition. Includes sections on how to use magnet and vacuum lifting devices and how to operate a mobile crane in cold weather.
Contributing Subject Matter Experts
Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) are a vital part of NCCER’s Curriculum development process. SMEs are construction and maintenance professionals who have journey-level experience and have experience teaching their trades to others.
Anthony Johnson, Exelon Generation
Bryan McClure, LPR Construction
Chris Jarrell, Turner Industries Group, LLC
Dan Nickel, Carolina Bridge Company, Inc.
Donald McDonald, Bo-Mac Contractors, Ltd.
Ed Burke, Mammoet USA
Erlin Moritz, Toledo Refining Co. LLC
Frank Jones, KBR Services, Inc.
Grant Chustz, Jacobs Field Services
Harold Williamson, North American Crane Bureau, Inc.
Jason Sostman, SCE, Inc.
Joseph Watts, Southland Safety, LLC
Keith Denham, Bay LTD
Larry “Cowboy” Proemsey, Cowboyscranes.com
Michael Eggenberger, Bay LTD
Nelson Plumb, Crane Industry Services, Inc.
Phillip Allen, KBR Services, Inc.
Richard Laird, ABC Pelican Chapter
Richard Nickel, Carolina Bridge Company, Inc.
Robert Capelli, Orion Marine Group
Sam Smith Jr., North American Crane Bureau, Inc.
Ted Blanton Sr., North American Crane Bureau, Inc.
Timothy Prakop, Kelley Construction, Inc.
NCCER’s Instructor Toolbox provides easy access to important instructional resources for your training program. You’ll find downloadable course planning tools, examples of classroom activities and projects, and instructor tips and best practices to help you enhance your program.
Assessments & Craft Pro Resources
The following four written assessments and four practical examinations combine for 13 equipment specific certifications. Click here to view the Paths to Mobile Crane Credentials.
- Crawler Mount
- Industrial / All-Purpose
- Rough Terrain / All Terrain
- Rubber Tire Truck Mount
To view the load charts that correspond to each assessment, click here.