Crane Operator Certification Requirement


What You Need to Do Now

The deadline for the OSHA Crane Operator Certification went into effect Saturday, November 10, 2018.  Is your company compliant? If not, the penalties could cost you!

 International Sign Association (ISA) has created an OSHA Crane Operator Certification resource center on its website and we encourage you to review this valuable information at

The Final Rule, as it appeared in the Friday, November 9, 2018 edition of the Federal Register can be ACCESSED HERE.


The Final Rule contains these changes since the last update in May 2018:

  • Removed certification by "Capacity" from certification requirements. Operators must be certified by "Type" (e.g., Mobile, Tower, Gantry), but Capacity certifications (e.g., "Under 21 tons", "21-75 tons," "Over 75 tons") are now optional.
  • Added requirements for ongoing comprehensive training of operators, both formal and practical instruction.
  • Clarified and permanently extend the employer duty to evaluate potential operators for their ability to safely operate equipment covered by the Final Rule.
  • Required documentation of that employer evaluation.

You may have heard/seen that the OSHA Crane Operator Certification deadline had been extended to December – this is not accurate. The final rule published on Friday, November 9 in the Federal Register announced that the November 10, 2018 deadline to have crane operators certified still applies. The December 9, 2018 extension only applies to changes in a specific requirement (certification by “type” of crane and not “type and capacity”) not the entire rule. Additionally, the deadline for employers to evaluate each operator on the equipment used ("Employer Responsibility to Evaluate Operator Competency") has been extended 90 days until February 7, 2019.

Again, please visit for the latest information. One of the benefits of your NWSC and ISA membership is direct access to the government affairs experts at ISA, feel free to contact Kenny Peskin, Director of Industry Programs with specific questions at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 703.778.8096.

Training Tools

In order to be successful in achieving crane operator certification, NWSC strongly recommends that you read this article thoroughly to increase your odds in passing the exams. Prepare in advance - study and practice whenever possible!

Read the below article published by Signs of the Times and ISA.
THIS IS NOT A DRILL: OSHA Crane Mandates to Impact the Entire Industry