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Spring 2015

New England Crane School’s 2015 Class Schedule

May 27, 2015 – last scheduled public class for this season!
Qualified signal person and basic rigging class, sponsored by Associated General Contractors of Vermont in Montpelier, VT

We run our public classes on a seasonal basis, and we are now winding down for the 2014/2015 season. Our schedule for next season will be published by July and classes will begin in late fall and run through the spring of 2016.

If you have an urgent need for an operator certification class or a qualified signal person and rigging class during the summer months, give us a call! We can give you a quote for an onsite class at your location, or if we get enough requests we can schedule a public class in your area.

For more information or to register, call 603-614-4331 or visit www.newenglandcraneschool.com.

It’s Time for Us to Brag!

We know how hard it is for most operators to “go back to school” after so many years. Studying and taking tests, for most of you, is no fun at best and downright nerve-wracking at worst. That’s why we’ve been working so hard to improve our operator certification prep classes over the past few years—because flunking the tests and having to take them again just adds to the stress level.

We’ve been tracking our written exam pass rate over the past few years, and it has risen steadily: from 80 % in 2012 to 87% last year. We just ran our pass rate for this year so far, and we’re proud to say that it’s now running at about 94%. We figured it was time for us to brag about it.

How have we done it? With your help. After every written exam day we ask operators what topics were most confusing and what we should have spent more time on in class. We keep track of what you say and then we work on making our class materials and practice tests better and more thorough. Our painstaking efforts over the years are finally beginning to pay off.

Of course, some folks will still have to re-take their exams and we expect that will always be the case. After all, some of us are just not good test-takers, and sometimes nerves get in the way. That’s why we don’t charge for written exam re-takes, no matter how many you need. If you don’t pass a written exam, you’re welcome back in any future class to sit through all or part of the class and then re-take your exams, and it doesn’t cost you a thing.

If you haven’t met the OSHA requirement for operator certification yet, we look forward to seeing you in one of our future classes.

What’s New at the CIC

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We spoke with Jim Headley recently, the CEO of Crane Institute Certification (CIC), about recent developments with the CIC and with OSHA. Headley is enthusiastic about recent improvements to the CIC written exam process, and reports that the lattice boom carrier and crawler exams will soon be combined and designated by “under 300 tons” and “over 300 tons.” This is good news for operators who are taking all six written exams because it will knock the total number down to five exams. Another improvement is that rush scoring for practical exams is available at a small additional cost to those who request it.

Headley told us about his recent attendance at the Advisory Committee on Construction, Safety, and Health (ACCHS) meeting in Washington, DC, in which he learned that OSHA will be putting a huge emphasis on employer training and evaluation of operators in the revised regulations. To read more about what OSHA is up to, including discussions on the type and capacity issue, click here for the CIC newsletter.

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