CIC certifications and recertifications are valid for five years. Crane operators who are certified by CIC or any other nationally accredited certification organization may recertify through CIC. Operators with certifications from another OSHA-Level certification organization will need to provide proof of their certification and meet all recertification requirements listed below to be eligible for CIC recertification.
No Grace Period, but Frequent Reminders
Going forward, CIC will no longer offer a grace period for recertification. CIC will be sending out automated reminders to certified operators about upcoming expiration dates during the 12 months prior to their expiration date.
CIC will issue recertifications for those
operators whose certifications are not
Verification of at least 1,000 hours of safe crane operation (operation, shift inspection, set-up, assembly/disassembly, travel, training) within the last five years.
Note: If the operator cannot verify a minimum of 1,000 hours of safe operation, they must take and pass a Practical Exam in addition to the General Knowledge and Supplemental exam(s) in order to achieve recertification.
Pass Virtual Exams – Passing scores on the General Knowledge exam and a Supplemental Virtual Exam for each type of recertification the candidate wishes to achieve.
Meet all ASME B30.5.3, 1.2 (a) physical requirements for crane operators. All candidates for recertification must indicate their compliance with the Medical Verification Form unless it can be shown that failure to meet the medical qualifications will not affect the operation of the crane.
Agree and comply with the Code of Ethics and Substance Abuse Policies.
Verification of Non-CIC Certifications (if applicable) – CIC will provide recertification for operator certified by other equivalent organizations who document their certification by completing the Documentation of Non-CIC Certification form.
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Applying for Recertification
Candidates seeking recertification must pre-register for and purchase their recertification exams and complete and submit the required eligibility application materials through the CIC Test Portal. CIC will review the materials to determine compliance with all recertification eligibility requirements.
Applicants who do not complete the eligibility application materials or fail to demonstrate that they meet all of the eligibility requirements will not be permitted to take the exams required for recertification.
Any unsafe crane operation and/or incidents must be reported with the operator’s recertification application through the completion and submission of the Incident/Accident Report Form. Unsafe operation includes operating while intoxicated, abusing substance(s), or exhibiting other behavior resulting in disciplinary action, as well as any incident or accident resulting in property damage, injury, or death. If any unsafe operation is reported, the certified operator’s application for recertification will go before the CIC Quality Assurance Board for review and approval or disapproval of their application.
Please note: Some states may have additional requirements for recertification. Crane operators and employers are responsible for identifying and abiding by any additional requirements for certification in their geographic location. Please notify CIC in advance if you are subject to additional recertification requirements to ensure that we are able to serve your certification needs well.
Candidates may question their certification status by writing or emailing the CIC Governing Council within 30 days of receiving the decision by contacting CIC through the “Contact Us” mailbox on the CIC website Home Page or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org (please include the word, “Appeal” in the subject line).
These appeals must include the reasons the candidate believes they are eligible for certification and describe how they comply with the published requirements. The Governing Council will review the request and make a final determination within 60 days. The Council’s decision is final. The candidate will be notified within 30 days of the decision.
Exams Required Recertification Fee
One (1) Online General Knowledge Exam $185
One (1) Online Supplemental Exam for each
* No Practical Exam is required for recertification if the candidate has accumulated at least 1,000 crane operator-related hours over the most recent five years and meets the remaining eligibility requirements. Those not meeting these requirements will be required to take a practical examination. (See Recertification Policy # 12 in Policies & Procedures.)
Candidates may take additional supplemental exams for $35 each. All fees are subject to change.