Crane Operator Certification in BC & Yukon

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Crane operator certification in BC & Yukon is mandatory for boom trucks, mobile or tower cranes with a lifting capacity over 5 tons or a reach over 25 feet.  There are 11 different crane operator certification categories depending on the type and lifting capacity of the crane you are operating. The capacity of a crane for the purposes of the certification categories is determined by the highest lift capacity found on the crane’s load chart.  The following list will guide you to the type of certification you require. 

If you already know the category of crane and the certification you are looking for, you can go to our application forms page here. 

Boom trucks

Folding Boom Truck Crane 10 tonnes & under

Folding Boom - 10 Tonnes & Under

This category is for folding boom cranes with a minimum capacity of 4.535 tonnes (or 25′ of boom length) and a maximum capacity of 10 tonnes.  Operators of this category receive their certification from Fulford Certification directly.  The folding boom – 10 tonnes & under certificate only allows operation of this category of crane.

Folding Boom - 22 Tonnes & Under

This category is for folding boom cranes with a minimum capacity over 10 tonnes and a maximum capacity of 22 tonnes.  Operators of this crane category receive their certification from Fulford Certification directly and are certified to operate any folding boom crane up to 22 tonne capacity.

Folding Boom Unlimited

This category is for folding boom cranes with a minimum capacity over 22 tonnes.  Operators of this crane category receive their certification from the Industry Training Authority (ITA), Fulford Certification issues the provisional (training) certification and conducts the practical assessment for the ITA for this crane category.  Operators with this certification can operate any capacity of folding boom crane.

Stiff Boom - 20 Tonnes & Under

This category is for stiff boom cranes with a minimum capacity of 4.535 tonnes (or 25′ of boom length) and a maximum capacity of 20 tonnes.   Operators of this category receive their certification from Fulford Certification directly.  The stiff boom – 20 tonnes & under certificate only allows operation of this category of crane.

Stiff Boom - 40 tonnes & Under

This category is for stiff boom cranes with a minimum capacity over 20 tonnes and a maximum capacity of 40 tonnes.  Operators of this category receive their certification from Fulford directly. Operators with this certification can operate any folding boom cranes of any capacity and any stiff boom crane up to 40 tonnes. 

Stiff Boom Unlimited

This category is for stiff boom cranes with a minimum capacity over 40 tonnes.  Operators of this crane category receive their certification from the Industry Training Authority (ITA).  Fulford Certification issues the provisional (training) certification for this crane category and conducts the practical assessment for the ITA.  Operators with this certification can operate any folding or stiff boom crane.

Mobile Cranes

Mobile Hydraulic - 20 Tonnes & Under

This category is for mobile hydraulic cranes with a minimum capacity of 4.535 tonnes (or 25′ of boom length) and a maximum capacity of 20 tonnes.  Operators of this category receive their certification from Fulford directly. The mobile hydraulic – 20 tonnes & under certificate only allows operation of this category of crane.

Mobile Hydraulic - 80 Tonnes & Under

This category is for mobile hydraulic cranes with a minimum capacity over 20 tonnes and a maximum capacity of 80 tonnes.  Operators of this category receive their certification from the ITA.  Fulford Certification issues the provisional (training) certification for this crane category and conducts the practical assessment for the ITA.  Operators with this certification can operate all folding and stiff boom cranes and any mobile crane up to 80 tonnes.

Mobile Crane

This category is for mobile cranes with a minimum capacity over 80 tonnes.  Operators of this crane category receive their certification from the Industry Training Authority (ITA).  Fulford Certification issues the provisional (training) certification for this crane category and conducts the practical assessment for the ITA.  Operators with this certification can operate any folding boom, stiff boom, mobile hydraulic or mobile crane.

Tower Cranes

Self Erect Tower Crane

Self erect tower cranes, as the name indicates, are tower cranes that erect themselves and are typically operated from the ground.  Operators of this crane category receive their certification from Fulford directly. The self erect tower crane certificate only allows operation of this category of crane.

Tower Crane

Tower crane are erected on an engineered base and can be “hammerhead” or luffing style.  Operators of this category receive their certification from the ITA.  Fulford Certification issues the provisional (training) certification for this crane category and conducts the practical assessment for the ITA.  Operators with this certification can operate self erect and tower cranes.

Helpful documents

Crane Hierarchy

This PDF shows the certification hierarchy for all 11 crane types.

Folding Boom Capacity

Guide for determining the category of your folding boom crane.

Load Control

Video covering the basic principles of maintaining load control.

WorkSafeBC Regulations

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