Darrell Rimmer Speeds Through Mobile Crane Operator Certification Exams and Passes!
Darrell Rimmer, an inspector and trainer with SIMMCO, a division of the Blurton Group, said, “I contribute my success to the formal training received from Crane Institute throughout the years, as well as my on-the-job experience.” He entered the industry in 1995. In 2003, he became a certified mobile crane inspector through Crane Institute. In 2006, he returned and earned both his Mobile Crane Operator Qualification and Mobile Crane Trainer Certification. He received his CIC Mobile Crane Operator Certification and CIC Practical Examiner Authorization in 2009. In addition to all of his mobile crane credentials, he is also a Qualified Rigger/Signalperson and a Certified Rigger/Signalperson Trainer.
Hats off to Mr. Rimmer, who recently renewed his CIC crane operator certification in a record time! Mr. Rimmer completed all six exams (General Knowledge, Telescoping Boom under 21 tons, Telescoping Boom 21-75 tons, Telescoping Boom over 75 tons, Lattice Crawler, and Lattice Carrier) in less than 2 ½ hours. The allotted time frame given is 6 ½ hours, though most complete the exams in 4 ½ to 5 hours.
Barbara Weedin, Open Enrollment Coordinator at Crane Institute, stated, “He has an incredible brain!” Mr. Rimmer modestly replied, “I’ve always struggled with math, but I’ve been trained through the Crane Institute, and I’ve been teaching others. Attending the class again was the review I needed to prepare for the exams.”
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.
This year Crane Institute of America (CIA) and Crane Institute Certification (CIC) provided a scholarship for a Florida Crane Owner’s Council (FCOC) Member’s employee. The scholarship was for a free Mobile Crane Operator, 4-Day training from CIA and free Mobile Crane Operator written and practical certification exams from CIC.
At the Dec. 7 FCOC’s Panel Discussion on OSHA’s 2014 Crane Operator Law, the winner was announced. Congratulations to Jonathan Camp of Crane Rental Corporation, Orlando, Fla. Camp uses cranes to set-up and assemble lattice boom cranes for his company. He is a qualified rigger and signalperson and hopes to move from mobile crane operator trainee to a certified crane operator using the scholarship. Way to go Johnathan!