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New England Crane School Public Class Schedule

March 13, 2017
Signal/rigging class, Burlington, VT. Promo code for AGCVT members and Woods CRW customers

March 14 – 17, 2017
Operator certification class, Burlington, VT. Promo code for AGCVT members and Woods CRW customers

March 20, 2017
Signal/rigging class, Portland, ME. Promo code for ABC Maine members

April 21, 2017
Signal/rigging class, sponsored by AGCVT in Montpelier, VT

April 24 – 28, 2017
Operator certification class, sponsored by ABC NH – VT in Concord, NH.

Due to the impending OSHA deadline for operator certification in November of 2017, New England Crane School may offer summer or fall classes this year, based upon customer requests. If you need an operator certification class after our official public class schedule ends this spring, please call and let us know.

Are you a member of the Northeastern Retail Lumber Association (NLRA)? Ask about our promo code for a discounted member rate.

For more information or to register, call 603-614-4331 or visit

New England Crane School Transitions to NCCER Certification Provider

In February of 2017, NECS announced that it would become a provider of the nationally accredited NCCER crane operator certification. Our public classes will now offer NCCER certification rather than CIC certification, and we will also continue to offer NCCCO certification on an onsite basis. CIC customers wishing to remain with CIC upon their re-certification dates may call us for prep classes and assistance in coordinating exams with the CIC.

In case you’re confused by all these acronyms, here is a brief primer for those not already familiar with certification requirements and options. In November of 2010, OSHA released its Cranes and Derricks in Construction standard which required operator certification or qualification by November of 2014. This date was later extended to November of 2017, where it currently stands. The regulation reads that all crane operators (except operators of derricks, sideboom cranes not used in construction, and equipment rated at 2,000 pounds or less) must be certified/qualified under one of four options. These options are:

  • Certification by an accredited crane operator testing organization;
  • Qualification by an audited employer program;
  • Qualification by the U.S. military; or
  • Licensing by a state or local government entity that meets the “federal floor,” or the minimum requirements of 29 CFR Part 1926

In the Northeast, the only state currently planning to bring its state licensing program up to meet the federal floor is Connecticut. When the CT licensing board is finished revamping its program, a CT license will meet the federal requirement for certification. All other New England states, as well as New York, either have a licensing requirement on top of the federal requirement, or have no state licensing program at all.

This means that for most New Englanders who are not serving in the military, certification by an accredited crane operator testing organization is the primary option. There are four nationally accredited certification providers:

  • The National Commission for the Certification of Crane Operators (NCCCO)
  • The National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER)
  • Crane Institute Certification (CIC)
  • The International Union of Operating Engineers (IUOE)

While the NCCCO remains the most recognized of the four certifications, due to being the oldest, the other three certifications meet the OSHA requirement as well. NECS has chosen to begin using the ANSI-accredited NCCER certification process because NCCER is not just a provider of crane certifications, but also offers a comprehensive curriculum of construction-related training and assessment programs. NCCER is a well-respected organization founded in 1996 as a non-profit education foundation, and was developed with the support of more than 125 construction CEOs and various association and academic leaders who united to revolutionize training for the construction industry. NCCER offers curricula for more than 70 craft areas and more than 70 assessments, and is recognized and utilized by Associated Builders and Contractors and Associated General Contractors, both organizations which New England Crane School partners with in New Hampshire, Vermont and Maine. We are now offering NCCER crane operator certification in four crane types (lattice boom, telescoping boom, industrial cranes and boom trucks) and hope to eventually offer other construction-related training and certification programs through our affiliation with NCCER.

For more information or for a quote for an NCCER or NCCCO onsite class, please contact us at, or 303-817-5663.

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