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Examination Basics

The Examination

CIC does not endorse any specific training process or company, nor do we provide a course of study that leads to certification. We do recommend a quality training program that will help candidates acquire the knowledge and skills necessary for safe and effective crane operators to earn CIC certification. The information on these pages may be helpful as candidates prepare for CIC exams.

The manufacturers’ load charts used in each crane operator exam are also available on our website so Candidates may become familiar with them before their Exams if they wish.


Written Exam Procedures

Exam Center security procedures are mandatory to preserve and protect the integrity and fairness of the examination process, candidate rights, business property rights, and the public trust. The following requirements apply to the general knowledge and supplemental written exams.

  • Candidates should expect to store bags, backpacks and other personal items not permitted in the exam area. Items not permitted in the exam area include cameras, electronic devices, scanning or transmitting equipment, cell phones, watches, books, and paper, etc.).

  • Candidates are required to bring a valid, government-issued photo ID.  ID.


PLEASE NOTE: Candidates without valid, government-issued photo IDs will not be permitted to take the exam. Candidates name on the confirmation email and government photo must match exactly or the person will not be admitted to take the exam.

The following will be provided at the testing center:

  • Scratch paper or worksheets, and pencils

  • Computer and workstation

  • Paper and pencil exams, where applicable

  • Crane Institute Certification calculators

  • Paper load charts for supplemental exams

  • Basic calculator - CIC provides calculators performing only basic math functions. Since other types of calculators may pose a security risk, only the calculators provided by CIC permissible.

All items must remain in the testing area. Candidates are not permitted to remove any items.

Practical Exam Procedures
  • Plan to arrive at the exam location at least 15 minutes before the scheduled exam time given by the practical examiner.

  • Provide your government issued photo ID (i.e., driver’s license, passport).IMPORTANT:  Candidates without valid, government-issued photo IDs will not be permitted to take the exam. The candidate’s name on the exam confirmation email and their government photo must match exactly or they will not be admitted to take the exam.

  • Remain in the exam waiting room until you are called to take your exam. Once your exam is completed, you must not return to the waiting room but are to leave the premises.

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