Levels of Certification
Crane operators must be able to demonstrate the following listed competencies (by crane type) to attain Level A certification:
• Tower Crane
There are four levels of CraneSafe certification:
These levels apply to all classes of cranes (crane types) which must be indicated on the application forms. See the crane chart for the complete list of crane types as well as the hierarchy of operations (what crane types each classifcation is permitted to operate). A complete list of crane operator competencies required for Level A certification is available to the right.
Full Scope Crane Operation
This is the highest level of certification and is achieved by successfully completing the CraneSafe Level A Assessment.
This level is the full scope journeyperson status. The operator has the defined skill, knowledge and ability to perform any lift presented on any given day within the safe operation and lifting capacity of the crane being used.
RENEWAL of Level B Certification
Operators (who are not apprentices) may renew their Level B certification once for a period of 6* months.
Additionally, operators must submit their completed Level A application (with payment) along with their renewal form.
* 6 months as of 15 December 2012
Operators who are registered with the ITA as an apprentice may renew their Level B certification for a period of 12 months a total of three times (for a total of 4 years of Level B certification).
1. The renewal is valid for the same crane type as the original certificate.
2. All operational restrictions continue to apply to the renewed Level B certification.
(for Trainee Crane Operators / Apprentices)
The Level B Certificate is valid for up to one year and is renewable by application.
A successful result on the Level B BCACS Crane Core Theory Exam (an online multiple choice test) is required for certification.
Applicants for Level B must be either:
- Operators who are engaged in a workplace training program or who are registered in an ITA apprenticeship program for a specific crane type.
- Fully trained operators who are not in possession of a recognised competency certificate (i.e. Red Seal, CraneSafe Level A Certificate). These operators may apply for a Level B certificate but must also begin the process of a Level A certification at the same time.
All ordinary lifts performed by the apprentice / trainee operator must be under the indirect supervision of an individual who is qualified to supervise crane operations. The employer is to ensure that the supervisor is properly trained for the task and that there is a plan for supervision.
RE-APPLICATION for Level B
Operators who have already applied for Level B certification and have atttempted the online Crane Core Thoery Test but were not successful (either on their first or second attempt) must apply to re-attempt the online test.
1. If, after the third attempt, you have not achieved a result of 17 or higher, you will need to reapply for certification.
2. Apprentice operators who are registered with the ITA as an apprentice (with a valid Trade Worker ID number) are not required to write the online test.
All critical lifts (as defined by WorkSafeBC) performed by the apprentice / trainee operator may only be under direct supervision. Direct supervision requires that the supervisor is close enough to observe the lift and to provide verbal directions to the operator.
Letter of Permission
The Level C Letter of Permission is intended for new / prospective crane operators. It in no way indicates that the holder possesses competence to run a crane. Level C Letters of Permission permit a prospective crane operator to learn in a controlled directly supervised environment.
Level C Letters of Permission are valid for 6 months and are non-renewable. If, however, you change employers within the 6 month period, you may reapply with your new employer information.
The operator may only operate the type of crane indicated on the application form and the Letter of Permission.
The Level C Letter of Permission permits operation of the specified crane only while under direct supervision. Direct supervision requires direct line of sight observation of the trainee and requires the supervisor to be close enough to the operator to communicate verbally with the operator.
No critical lifts (as defined by WorkSafeBC) are permitted.
Limited Scope Crane Operation
The Level D Limited Scope Certificate is held by the employer on behalf of the employee and is not transferable between worksites or employers. Should the Level D crane operator leave the employ of the employer named on the Level D Certificate, the Certificate is invalidated.
Level D certification permits operators to operate any crane(s) for which they have successfully completed an in-house competency certification program at the worksite indicated on the application form and the certificate.
A successful result on the Level D BCACS Crane Core Theory Exam (an online multiple choice test) is required for certification.
Frequently Asked Questions
- Where can I find more information about the online exam?
- How long will I have to wait for my certificate?
- What do I do if I am asked to show my Certificate while I have not yet received it?
- Who do I contact if I have any questions about the online exam?
- Valid for single employer worksite only. Non employees of the identified employer cannot be working with or around the crane operated.
- The employer is responsible for all lifts.
- No critical lifts are permitted, as defined by WorkSafeBC regulation.
- The certificate is not transferable to other sites or employers. If the operator leaves the employ of the employer named on the card, the certificate is no longer valid.
- The operator may only perform lifts determined and trained for by the employer.
- The operator can operate only on the worksite designated by the employer.
PROOF OF TRAINING
The employer must be prepared to show evidence that the operator has received training for the specified crane(s) operated. This can include:
- an Employer's Record of Training for Level D Certified Crane Operator
- BCACS electronic logbook
- purchased training materials
- confirmation of training by a designated instructor, etc.
An unloaded crane can tip if operated outside the parameters of its load chart.
Competent load chart use and interpretation is absolutely key for the mechanic to perform their duties.
Mechanic – Limited Scope Crane Operation
* This designation is currently pending WorkSafe BC approval. Mechanics may use the current Level D certification (or Level A certification if working offsite).*
This certificate permits the operation of a crane on any site (not restricted as per the rest of the Level D class) for purposes of repairing and testing a crane. No commercial lifts of any sort can be made with this Certificate.
Your employer warrants through signing the Mechanic's Level D application form that the Mechanic has been properly trained in the use of crane load charts for the categories and types of crane the mechanic is working on.