SkilledTradesBC Level B Provisional Certification

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The SkilledTradesBC Level B Provisional Certificate is for trainee crane operators. This Certificate is valid for up to one year to allow trainees to prepare for their Level A Full Scope assessment.

To receive the Level B Provisional certification, trainee operators must pass the BC Crane Safe Crane Core Theory Exam (an online multiple choice test).

Operators must use a computer with the camera and microphone enabled so the exam can be monitored. The exam must be taken using one of these browsers: Chrome, Firefox or Edge. Operators must also present government issued photo ID to their camera to verify their identity prior to beginning the exam.

Application Forms

Please complete the application form using one of the provided links, depending on whether the operator’s employer will cover the application expenses or if the operator will be personally responsible for payment.


Crane owner/operators must also submit a supervisor declaration with their application.

How am I assessed?

The BC Crane Safety Core Theory exam is a monitored online exam. Operators have 60 minutes to answer 23 questions based on the following 6 sections:

  1. Safe working practices (5 points)
  2. Hand signals (2 points)
  3. Terminology & regulations (3 points)
  4. Rigging (7 points)
  5. Calculating load weight (3 points)
  6. Crane pre-operational requirements (3 points)

The exam is “open book” meaning that you are free to use reference materials when taking the exam.  However, you are not allowed to:

  • Receive help from another person while taking the exam.
  • Provide help to anyone taking the exam.
  • Copy, distribute or receive any exam questions.
  • Impersonate any person or have a person impersonate you.
  • Use AI or any other computer program to generate answers to exam questions.
  • Behave in an aggressive, disruptive, harassing, threatening, or unsafe manner during or after an exam.
  • Encourage, assist, enable or cause others to engage or attempt to engage in misconduct with regards to the exam.

(You should be aware of Fulford Certification’s complete Assessment Misconduct Policy prior to taking the exam)

When you login to the Level B exam you need to:

  1. Use a computer with one of these browsers: Chrome, Firefox or Edge.
  2. Download the Figures booklet (if you have not already done so).
  3. Go through the proctoring set-up to confirm your computer camera and microphone are turned on so you can be monitored while taking the exam.
  4. You will also need to have government issued photo identification that will be recorded via your camera to confirm your identity.
  5. The monitoring software will record your exam and will note any suspicious activity including: test taker doesn’t match photo id, multiple faces in the video, talking, moving out of camera range, etc. Any exam with a high suspicious activity score is reviewed to determine if any exam misconduct has occurred and, if so, what consequences will be imposed as detailed in the Assessment Misconduct Policy.  

Once your exam monitoring is set-up, you have 60 minutes to complete 6 exam sections with a total of 23 questions. You must achieve a score of at least 17 to pass the test.  The test can be retaken two additional times for a reassessment fee.

Who can apply?

Applicants for a Level B Provisional Certificate must be either:

  • Operators who are apprentices engaged in a workplace training program
  • Operators who don’t possess a recognised competency certificate but wish to operate while they challenge their SkilledTradesBC crane operator certification.

In either case, the operator must have an employer who will sign-off that there is a supervision plan in place and the Level B Provisional operator will be adequately supervised. 


Non-critical lifts – all Level B Provisional operators must be indirectly supervised (contact by phone or radio) by an individual who is qualified to supervise crane operations. The employer must ensure that the supervisor is properly trained for the task and that there is a plan for supervision.

Critical lifts – all critical lifts (as defined by WorkSafeBC) performed by a trainee operator must be under direct supervision. Direct supervision requires the supervisor to be close enough to observe the lift and to provide verbal directions to the operator.

Exam Preparation Materials


Level B Provisional Application Fee
$370.00 + $18.50 GST = $388.50

Fee to Retake Exam
$70.00 + $3.50 GST = $73.50

Fee for 12 Month Renewal 
 $210.00 + $10.50 GST = $220.50*

Need to re-take the exam?

For second or third attempts of the Level B Provisional exam.

Have you changed employer?

The Level B Provisional certification is only valid when working for the employer who signed-off on your supervision plan.  If you change employers, your new employer must sign-off on your supervision and a new card must be issued.

Need to renew your Level B Provisional Certificate?

Level B Provisional certificates for apprentices and challengers of SkilledTradesBC crane categories can be renewed up to four times to allow them sufficient time to complete their practical training and SkilledTradesBC written exams. 

Crane owner/operators must also submit a supervisor declaration with their application.

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