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CIC Mobile Crane
Operator Certification Examination

Exam Content Domains


Minimum Qualifications
for Crane Operator

Candidate Responsibilities - Preparing for Live Virtually Proctored Exams

  • Schedule Exam(s) Well in Advance(See Scheduling for more information about the exam scheduling process). Once the candidate’s eligibility application is approved, CIC will notify the candidate by email to confirm eligibility and provide instructions about scheduling their exams.  Candidates should schedule exams well in advance to 1) ensure the availability of desired exam dates and times, 2) allow adequate time to identify and arrange their chosen testing location, and 3) to check their computer system for minimum technical requirements and troubleshoot any possible technical issues.

  • Choose the Testing Location. Candidates must choose an exam location that meets testing area requirements (see Test Area Requirements section below). Examples of allowable testing locations include, but are not limited to, a quiet, private room at the candidate’s residence, an office at the candidate’s place of employment, or a reserved private room at a local library.

  • Internet Connection.  The PC or Mac desktop or laptop computer  must either be connected to the internet via WIFI, or directly connected to the internet through cable, DSL or broadband. Direct internet connections are optimal, but not required.

  • Download the Virtual Proctoring Browser. Candidates are responsible for downloading ProctorU’s Guardian Browser on their computers in advance of their exam(s).  This browser will be used exclusively for the virtual proctoring component of the exam.  Click “How to Download the Guardian Browser” for step-by-step instructions about how to download the
    browser on your PC or Mac.

  • Check Computer Equipment in Advance. To ensure your computer system meets the minimum requirements for taking your online exam(s), click on ProctorU Equipment Requirements to review the list on the page. Please note: Chromebooks and tablets (of any brand) are not compatible with the virtually proctored testing system and may not be used for testing.  PC or Mac desktop or laptop computers compatible with Windows 10 and higher must be used. Anything operating system older than Windows 10 will not be compatible. 

  • To do a system check to confirm your computer meets minimum technical requirements, log on to the CIC Test Portal on the CIC website at, and click on “Test Your Equipment,”  Do this at least one week before your scheduled exam(s) to allow enough time to troubleshoot any issues. Be sure to test your equipment in a similar environment to the one in which you will be testing (same location, time of day, bandwidth usage, etc.).

  • Important: If any of your equipment does not pass, click the live chat feature on the “Test Your Equipment” page to connect with a ProctorU support representative to resolve the issues prior to exam day.

  • Test Computer Equipment Again within 24 hours of Taking Exam. This will ensure that any automatic updates on your computer have not impeded its testing functionality.

  • Shut Down and Restart Your Computer Before Logging onto the CIC Test Portal to Take Your Exams. All other programs and windows must be closed before logging into the proctored testing environment and must stay closed throughout the exam.

  • Confirm Sufficient Bandwidth in Your Testing Location. Bandwidth can be negatively impacted if others sharing the network you are using to take your exam are simultaneously using heavy bandwidth by streaming videos or gaming, etc. We advise communicating with others with whom you share an internet connection in advance of your exam to minimum excess demand and prevent any issues.  

  • Bring Your Valid (non-expired), Government-Issued Photo ID (driver’s license, passport, military ID).  You must bring your ID to your chosen test location on exam day. Without it, you will not be able to proceed with your exam. Your live virtual proctor will verify your identity as a part of the exam setup process. Note: The exam setup process does not count against your allotted exam time.

Testing Area Requirements

The live virtual proctor monitors both the integrity of the test session and the testing area itself. Any deviation from CIC test area requirements will be flagged for review by ProctorU and CIC exam administrators and may result in invalidation of the candidate’s test scores or other consequences at the discretion of the CIC Governing Council

Candidates must choose an exam testing area that meets all the following requirements:

  • Test in an Uninterrupted, Quiet, Enclosed Room. The testing environment must be in a quiet, private, uninterrupted room with four walls and a door that can be closed during testing. No television or radio should be playing in the background. No third parties should be in the room unless permitted by a CIC approved specific testing accommodation.

  • Indoors. All testing must take place indoors (not, for example, in an outdoor park, sports venue, coffee shop, beach, etc.).

  • Desk or Table. Sit in a chair at a clean desk or table (not on a bed, couch, or floor). The desk or table should be clear of all other materials. 

  • Lighting. Test area lighting should be well lit and bright enough for the candidate and the testing area to be clearly visible.  If overhead lighting is not possible, the light source should not be behind the candidate.

  • Camera View must be free from any obstruction or distraction that limits or inhibits the virtual proctor’s view of the candidate’s exam session.

  • Permitted Resources. The only resources or other items allowed in the testing room with CIC certification candidates are two sharpened pencils, 2 pieces of blank paper (blank front and back as confirmed by the virtual proctor), and a cell phone or mirror for the proctor to perform a 360-room scan of the test environment, or, if necessary, for communication with ProctorU. Once the test area scan is complete, the cell phone or mirror must be put out of reach. Important Note:  A basic calculator and all applicable load charts will be available on the testing computer for candidate use.

  • No Written Material should be visible on the desk, table, walls, floors, ceiling or anywhere in the room. 

  • No Virtual Machines. Virtual machines can be detected through the pre-exam system check and are not permitted.

  • One Monitor – One Computer. Only one monitor attached to one computer is allowed to be in the test area during the exam.

  • No Watches of any kind may be worn during the testing period or in the testing environment.

  • No Audio Devices.  Headsets, ear plugs, Bluetooth ear buds (or similar audio devices) are not permitted.

Exam Security

  • All candidates are expected to answer the exam questions independently. Information sharing, teamwork, or any other collaborative relationship with another candidate during the exam is prohibited. Any violation of this policy is misconduct/cheating. Any candidate engaged in this behavior may be subject to score cancellation and not be allowed to sit for future administrations of the exam.

  • No exam questions are to be discussed during or after the exam administration. Any infraction of these terms is a violation of your ethical responsibilities and subject to the disciplinary policy. It is also a violation of exam security.

  • Any attempt to reproduce all or part of any CIC exam is prohibited. This includes but is not limited to removing materials from the testing room; aiding others by any means in reconstructing any portion of the exam; posting content on any discussion forum or web site; and selling, distributing, receiving, or having unauthorized possession of any portion of the exam. Alleged copyright violations will be investigated and, if warranted, prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. It should be noted that examination scores may become invalid in the event of this type of suspected breach. Permanent revocation of certification may occur if allegations are substantiated.

  • Irregularities observed during testing, including, but not limited to creating a disturbance, givinggiving, or receiving unauthorized information or aid to or from other persons, or attempting to remove test materials or notes from the testing area, may be sufficient cause to terminate candidate participation in the examination administration or to invalidate scores. Irregularities may also be evidenced by subsequent statistical analysis of testing materials. When testing irregularities occur, they are fully investigated by CIC in collaboration with CIC Governing Council and any appropriate courses of action will be taken to address the issue.

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