SkilledTradesBC Level B Provisional Certification

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).  

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. 

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

How am I assessed?

The Level B Provisional test has 6 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.

  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)


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.


Level B Provisional Application Fee
$305.00 + $15.25 GST = $320.25

Fee to Retake Exam
$65.00 + $3.25 GST = $68.25

Application Fee for 12 Month Renewal 
 $200.00 + $10.00 GST = $210.00*

Need to retake 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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