December 11, 2014 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM EST
Hear from Jim Headley, CEO of Crane Institute of America, and Steve Fryer, NCSG’s Manager of Training on how they deploy simulators to assess and build real skills. Learn how these industry leaders applied objective and consistent learning methodologies with simulation-based training.
Simulation-training gets proven results – faster time to competency, skilled and safe operators, and more effective assessment. If you are interested in improving your training methodologies and measuring operator skills then this is a must-attend event!
Jim Headley, CEO of Crane Institute of America
Steve Fryer, NCSG’s Manager of Training
Paolo Paoletta, CM Labs Simulations’ Industry Solutions Manager
Crane Institute Announces Plans for New Programs
August 4, 2014 (Sanford, Fla.) — More than 15 Training Specialists for Crane Institute of America recently met at Crane Institute’s headquarters for Annual In-Service Training in order to provide the best possible customer experience. All Training Specialists are certified and qualified through Crane Institute of America. The training session includes refreshers on the latest equipment and changes to regulations.
The training meeting included a conference call with Crane Institute Certification’s (CIC) Executive Director, Debbie Dickinson, to learn more about OSHA’s proposed delay of crane operator certification requirements. CIC submitted viable solutions to OSHA with the intent to satisfy the agency’s concerns over employer responsibility to qualify workers. Subsequently, an industry coalition, including CIC, was formed to represent the interests of the crane industry.
In other news, Dickinson reported three states have or will adopt language requiring certification or licensing by crane type and size. These include California, Washington, and New York. Finally, she announced the launch of two new CIC certifications; Service Mechanics Truck and Lift Director.
New Programs and Resources
Crane Institute of America announced to its Training Specialists new programs currently in development. Two new training courses for people involved in crane management are set to be released in Fall 2014. The new Lift Director and Lift Planner courses are designed to prepare students for the CIC Lift Director Certification Exams. In addition, look for a course for Assembly/Disassembly Director in 2015.
Also new is a metric version of the handbook, Rigging, available for purchase on Crane Institute’s online store this September.
Crane Institute now has a public LinkedIn group, called Crane and Rigging, for those in the industry with related questions. Crane Institute Training Specialists offer a credible source...
On July 3, 2014, Crane Institute of America Certification (CIC) announced their most recent accreditation. CIC is not only accredited through National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA), but they are now American National Standards Institute (ANSI) accredited in the following crane operator categories:
- Small Telescoping Boom Crane, Under 21 Tons
- Medium Telescoping Boom Crane, 21-75 Tons
- Large Telescoping Boom Crane, Over 75 Tons
- Lattice Boom Crawler/Truck Crane, 1-300 Tons
CIC is one of the few Mobile Crane Operator Certification accredited testing agencies in the nation, and is continuing to be a cut above the rest. This recognition will continue to validate CIC testing to the crane and rigging industry.Click here to read CIC’s press release.
April 3, 2014 (Sanford, Fla.)—Crane Institute of America announces the availability of the newest edition of the industry’s favorite crane handbook. Mobile Cranes, 10th edition, by James Headley, is an excellent study guide for mobile crane operators who are preparing to take accredited certification exams.
Filled with useful illustrations, clear explanations, and real-world examples, the handbook covers essential topics on crane setup, operation, and hazards. First published in 1999, the 10th edition includes important updates reflecting the latest industry standards and best practices.
For the first time, Service/Mechanics trucks are referenced. This equipment can be found anywhere heavy equipment or machinery is used, such as mines, gas and oil fields, utility sub-stations or your local crane rental company. The addition of Service/Mechanic Truck Cranes is important with OSHA 29 CFR 1926.1400 requiring the qualification, or certification, of operators if the equipment used in activities other than maintenance and repair.
Perhaps the most important section of Mobile Cranes, is the chapter on Load Charts. “It is not enough to know how to use load charts, but to know why load charts must be followed for safe operation,” said James Headley, author of the book and President of Crane Institute of America.
Topics covered in the handbook:
- Crane Types & Components
- Load Charts
- Conditions that Reduce Capacity
- Pre-Operational Inspection
- Crane Setup
- Working Near Power Lines
- Operating Practices & Procedures
- Hoisting Personnel
Don’t let the handbook’s compact size fool you. It’s packed with valuable information and sized perfectly to fit in your vehicle’s glove compartment.
About the Author
James Headley has spent more than 40 years working in the crane and rigging industry. After serving a crane apprenticeship through Operating Engineers Local 312...
For the second year, Crane Institute of America and Crane Institute Certification (CIC) provided a scholarship for training and certification through Florida Crane Owner’s Council (FCOC). This scholarship allows one crane operator to attend a 4 day Mobile Crane Operator Training Program and take the CIC Mobile Crane Operator Certification Exams at our headquarters near Orlando, Florida.
On September 13, during the FCOC meeting in Orlando, the winner of the scholarship was announced. We would like to congratulate Mr. Jimmie King of Bryson Crane Rental. Mr. King has 10 years experience with cranes and is qualified to operate boom trucks and telescoping boom cranes. He is also a qualified rigger and signalperson.
We are pleased to see Mr. King receive training and become a certified crane operator. It is a united effort by both employers and employees to assure a safer lifting industry.
Mr. King is taking an important step in documenting his skills as a certified and qualified crane operator… are you?
We Provide a Roadmap to Learning!
These statements describe what our training specialists experienced this past week. Content updates, OSHA and other regulatory discussions, hands-on experiences, as well as practical ideas that instructors can use in a variety of training situations were all covered in a few action-packed days. We were especially challenged by Carole Borne of Learning Connections who presented a Train-the-Trainer program. This program consisted of professional training techniques, platform facilitating skills and dealing with different types of learners and more. The important concept we came away with is that we must keep learning…all the time. We at Crane Institute are constantly educating ourselves and developing new ways to present our materials in a relevant method to help others learn. Thank you for giving us this opportunity!
Ribbon Cutting to Celebrate Grand Opening of New Office for Crane Institute Certification
Friday, May 17, 2013
|Last week, two of our very own, Jim and Susan Headley attended the Grand Opening of Crane Institute Certification’s (CIC) new Customer Support Office in Villa Rica, Georgia. Villa Rica is located 30 miles west of Atlanta. Jim Headley is President of Crane Institute of America (CIA) and a member of CIC’s Governing Committee. Susan Headley is President of CIC and CFO of CIA. The ceremony began with opening remarks by Pastor and Villa Rica Downtown Development Authority member, Chad Sadorf, who gave a brief description of the services CIC provides. He concluded his remarks with this statement, “each day you come to work here you are saving lives.” City Councilman Patrick Henrickson also welcomed CIC to his district along with his support and encouragement.Speakers were followed by an official ribbon cutting, a tour of the office and refreshments. Debbie Dickinson, Executive Director of CIC, remarked, “We have been very blessed with over 250 test sites nationwide and are now moving into Canada and Europe. CIC has the support of hundreds of CIC Authorized Examiners, test sites and thousands of satisfied customers.” The expansion of the Villa Rica office will continue the high quality customer support that its customers have come to expect.|| |
This week is a perfect example of what Crane Institute can provide for you. Attend our 7-day Mobile Crane Operator Train-the-Trainer program followed by the 3-day CIC Practical Examiner Training program. Students that successfully complete these programs can receive a CIA Trainer Certification, CIC Authorized Practical Examiner Card, and an Accredited Mobile Crane Operator Certification. Since we do all the testing here, both written and practicals, your dollar goes further.
Speaking of testing, meet our CIC Proctor Anne Davison. Prior to being a proctor for CIC, Ann worked for AT&T and AAA. She has a B.S. in Professional Management and a Masters in Human Resource Development. We are pleased to have her as our proctor. However, don’t ask her anything about cranes, because she wont be able to help you, that’s not her area of expertise! This makes her a great candidate for proctoring the written exams.
CIC procedures require that a non-bias 3rd party proctor the nationally accredited written exams. Crane Institute adheres to these strict guidelines, and we do this for the best price around!
Want to learn more about how you can become a CIA Trainer, CIC Authorized Practical Examiner and a Certified Crane Operator? Contact our office at 800-832-2726 or visit: https://craneinstitute.com/the-complete-package/
At the end of April, CIA’s very own, Tom Evers, got the opportunity to teach a Mobile Crane Inspector program for the American Society of Safety Engineers, Kuwait Chapter (ASSE). Since all of the students were engineers, you can imagine that they were all pretty bright. They all passed their inspector exams with a 91% or better!
This was Tom’s first time visiting Kuwait, but not his first time in the Middle East. Tom has also ventured to Qatar, Dubai, Abu Dhabi, and Baharain! Tom’s first experience in Kuwait was very interesting, to say the least. He was picked up at the airport by one of the ASSE students and within the first few minutes of driving, noticed that other Kuwait drivers drove incredibly fast. They also tailgated one another and probably deserved multiple moving violations according to American standards. On separate occasions, he even witnessed a few car accidents!
When Tom arrived at the Safir Hotel, a Chief of Staff of the US Air Force walked past him to check-in. He thought, “Well, if this is good enough for him, it’ll definitely be good enough for me!” This place was a gorgeous, 5 star hotel, right next to the Persian Gulf. Tom had a great view of it from his hotel window!
Another interesting tidbit about Kuwait is that they eat their dinners very late at night. Tom worked from 4:00pm to 10:00pm and usually ate dinner with everyone else at about 11:00pm! The nice thing about that was that Tom was able to meet the nationally-sponsored, Kuwait Powered Paragliding Team in his spare time. (For those of you who don’t know, Tom is an avid, powered para-glider/paramotorist.) This also freed up time for him to hang out with a Sultan that he met, who is pictured to...
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