This year American Cranes & Transport’s (ACT) annual roundtable on safety and training included thought from Debbie Dickinson, Executive Director, Crane Institute Certification (CIC). ACT posed the questions and Dickinson and two other ‘industry gurus’ provided answers.
ACT: In your estimation, what does it cost to keep a crane and rigging staff trained, certified and up to date annually?
Dickinson: Depending on the work and how much on the job supervision and training takes place, personnel may need formal training and certification only every three to five years. CIC nationally accredited certifications are valid for five years. For companies that have their own cranes, operators can be trained and certified for $900 to $1,000 when a part of a group of 8 to 12. That averages about $200 a year for training and certification. In addition, the average operator needs four to five days to be trained and tested. Again, looking across five years, that brings us to $200 a year in average costs, plus one day a year amortized over the length of certification. CIC certifications are not crane specific, unless an employer requests crane-specific testing. Thus, typically the cost of a crane is averaged at two days, per group of 8 to 12, amortized over a five year period.
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Courtesy of American Cranes & Transport
January 2014, Volume 10, Issue 1