Crane Industry Services (CIS) in the USA has added an introductory crane, rigging, safety and operator certification class to its roster.

The class meets Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) requirements for financial aid and prepares individuals for potential careers in power generation, electric, water, gas utilities, communications, or commercial building sectors.

The programme includes training on rigging skills, signal person, OSHA 10 safety, and an introduction to craft skills. As a WIOA programme, the amount of tuition varies depending on the individual’s circumstances.

It is designed for those who find themselves either unemployed or underemployed, explained Noel Whelchel, trainer and inspector with CIS. “This programme is for those who either do not have a job or have one but are interested in the great careers available in construction, utilities, ports and other crane and rigging related work.”

The course covers: OSHA 10, basic safety, construction math, hand tools, power tools, construction drawings, basic communication skills, basic employability, material handling, certified basic rigger, and qualified signal person. Throughout the programme, students receive mobile crane operator instruction and have opportunities to practice on CM Labs’ Vortex crane simulators.