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Signal Person


The Signal Person curriculum covers crane communications, key crane principles and safety and emergency procedures for a signal person.

The Signal Person curriculum meets or exceeds the current requirements found in the OSHA 29 CFR part 1926 amendment.

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Journey Level
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2018, 2nd Edition
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Rigger & Signal Person Certification Providers

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Curriculum Details

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.

2nd Edition
Total Recommended Hours
Competencies & Objectives Lists
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Crane Communications
10 Hours

Module ID 53101: 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.

Basic Principles of Cranes
15 Hours

Module ID 21102; from Mobile Crane Operations Level One: Introduces mobile crane equipment with an in-depth discussion of terminology and nomenclature. Explains the basic scientific principles associated with mobile crane operation.

Crane Safety and Emergency Procedures
25 Hours

Module ID 21106; from Mobile Crane Operations Level One: Covers safety standards and best safety practices relevant to the operation of cranes. Describes safety considerations related to power lines, weather conditions, and specific crane functions.

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.

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Contributing Subject Matter Experts
Below is a list of subject matter experts for this craft:

Alan Jenkins, Miller & Long Concrete Construction

Anthony Johnson, Exelon Generation


Bryan McClure, LPR Construction


Danny Bishop, The Crosby Group, Inc.

Donald McDonald, Bo-Mac Contractors, Ltd.


Ed Burke, Mammoet USA


Frank Jones, KBR Services, Inc.


Grant Chustz, Jacobs Field Services


Harold Williamson, North American Crane Bureau, Inc.


John Willis, Baltimore Gas & Electric

Joseph Watts, Southland Safety, LLC


Keith Denham, Bay LTD


Larry “Cowboy” Proemsey,


Michael Eggenberger, Bay LTD


Nelson Plumb, Crane Industry Services


Paul Kuber, ExxonMobil

Phillip Allen, KBR Services, Inc.


Raymond Garner, Exelon Generation

Richard Laird, ABC Pelican Chapter

Richard Nickel, Carolina Bridge Company, Inc.

Robert Capelli, Orion Marine Group


Ted Blanton Sr., North American Crane Bureau, Inc.

Timothy Prakop, Kelley Construction, Inc.

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NCCER’s Rigger & Signal Person Certification Program consists of assessments and practical examinations that meet or exceed current ASME B30 consensus safety standards and OSHA 29 CFR part 1926 subpart CC.

Signal Person

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