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Recertification

Certification Period

CIC accredited certifications are valid for five years. Crane operators who are certified by CIC or any other nationally accredited certification organization can recertify with CIC.

No Grace Period, but Frequent Reminders

Standard Recertification Requirements

  1. Safe Crane Operation Hours - In order to recertify, crane operators must verify at least 1,000 hours of safe crane operation (operation, shift inspection, set-up, assembly/disassembly, travel, training)
    within the last five years. If the operator cannot verify a minimum of 1,000 hours of safe operation, they must take and pass a Practical Exam in order to achieve recertification.

  2. Passing Knowledge Exams - The operator’s ability to pass the General Knowledge exam and a supplemental written exam for each type of recertification the candidate wishes to achieve.  

  3. Verification of Compliance -Verification of the operator’s ability to fully comply with ASME medical requirements in the Medical Verification Form and the Code of Ethics and Substance Abuse policies.

Expired Operator Recertification Requirements

CIC recertifies competent crane operators who have consistently demonstrated their skill and commitment to safe operation.  If an operator’s certification

expired more than 90 days ago, the operator must be able to document additional hours of safe operation based on the length of time they have been expired, and meet all other requirements as described below.

Recertification of expired operator certifications is based on the following requirements as evidence of the continued competence of crane operators. 

 

  • Additional Safe Crane Operation Hours - Verification of candidates’ hours of safe operation specific to their expired crane certification type (including operation, shift inspection, set-up, assembly/disassembly, travel, and training). Hours of safe operation required are determined by how long the operator has been expired:

    • For those whose certification is expired up to one (1) year:
      The operator must document at least 1,200 hours of safe operation (operation, shift inspection, set-up, assembly/disassembly, travel, training) within the last six years, and pass the General Knowledge exam and applicable supplemental written exam(s).

    • For those whose certification is expired up to two (2) years:The operator must document at least 1,400 hours of safe operation (including operation, shift inspection, set-up, assembly/disassembly, travel, training) within the last seven years, and pass the General Knowledge exam and applicable supplemental written exam(s).

    • For those whose certification is expired up to three (3) years: 
      The operator must document at least 1,600 hours of safe operation (operation, shift inspection, set-up, assembly/disassembly, travel, training) within the last eight years, and pass the General Knowledge exam and applicable supplemental written exams(s).
       

  • Operator’s ability to pass the General Knowledge exam and a supplemental written exam for each type of recertification the candidate wishes to achieve.  

  • Documentation that an Employer Evaluation has been successfully performed per OSHA 1926.1427(f).

  • Verification of the operator’s ability to fully comply with medical requirements, the Code of Ethics and Substance Abuse policies.

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Applying for Recertification

Applicants for recertification must complete and submit required application materials for review to determine the applicant’s compliance with all requirements. An application will be considered incomplete if any of the requested information is missing, illegible, or the appropriate fee is not included. 

Applications must be complete before they are processed and approved. Incomplete applications will not be returned or refunded. Applicants who fail to demonstrate that they meet all of the eligibility requirements will not be permitted to take the exams required for recertification.

Any unsafe operation must be reported with the operator’s recertification application through the completion and submission of the Incident/Accident Report Form. Unsafe operation includes intoxication, substance abuse, or 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 approval or disapproval.

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.

Recertification Appeals

Certificants may question their recertification determination by writing or emailing CIC with the reasons the candidate believes they are eligible for recertification and how they comply with the published requirements. CIC certification staff will review the request within 30 days. If the issue can be resolved at the staff level, the CIC Executive Director will notify the Governing Council of the result. If the issue cannot be resolved by staff, the request will be referred to the Governing Council. The Council will review the request and make their decision within 60 days of receiving the appeal from CIC. The decision made by the Governing Council is final. The applicant will be notified of the decision within 30 days.

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