Fulford Certification


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Practical Assessment

How can I tell if I'm ready for the Practical Assessment?

Skills & Knowledge
See these documents for a detailed description of the skills you need for the Hand Signals and On-Crane sections.

Training Resources
For hand signals, instructional videos, tower crane handbook, OHS regulations for wire rope and attachments, sample target layouts and more.

What does the Practical Assessment include?

The Assessment is made up of two main sections: Hand Signals and the On-Crane Practical Assessment. It is designed to allow you to demonstrate your skill and knowledge of safe craning. There are no trick questions.

The assessment takes between 2 and 2 ½ hours to complete (between 3 and 3 ½ hours for Conventional Cranes).
You will be assessed in person by one of our Assessors who will travel to your location.


You will be required to correctly interpret hand signals given to you by the assessor.


  1. Pre-Operational Inspection

    Following the crane's inspection checklist, you will demonstrate correct crane inspection including a rigging inspection. Consult the OHS Regulations on wireropes, rigging and attachments. (It is recommended to bring this document to the assessment to use as a reference during this section of the assessment.)

  2. Crane Set Up & Hazard Assessment

    You will set up your crane and describe the hazards you need to check for to the assessor. You will demonstrate correct use of blocking and outriggers / stabilisers.

  3. Crane Operation (With & Without a Load)

    You will be asked to show hook control with only chain slings attached to your hook as you move the hook to nine targets. After this you will pick up a load and land the load on nine targets. The goal is smooth controlled operation.

    • Conventional, Hydraulic Mobile and Stiff Boom Trucks have 15 minutes without load and 15 minutes with load for a total of 30 minutes to complete this portion of the assessment.
    • Articulating Boom Trucks, Wellhead Boom Trucks and Tower Cranes have 10 minutes without load and 10 minutes with load for a total of 20 minutes.

    • The crane used for the assessment must be in good working order and have an up-to-date certification. Outrigger pads must be available for crane set up. Adequate space must be available and no power lines may be in the operating area.
    • The minimum crane size for assessment is 25 feet (7.62 metres) of boom and a 5 ton (4.535 tonne) lifting capacity.
    • The minimum length for the main boom is 100 feet for Friction Lattice and Hydraulic Lattice Boom Cranes. Mobile Hydraulic Cranes and Boom Trucks must use a minimum of 3/4 of the powered sections of the main boom.
    • See a sample layout of the targets.
    • See Assessment Requirements for more details on crane and site requirements.