The Crane Operator & Rigger Skills Competition is designed to underscore the need for safe crane operation. The only crane operator recognition program of this scale in North America, the event provides a venue for the best crane operators to set the bar for all crane professionals.

Additionally, it introduces young people to crane operation as a profession and educates local governments and businesses about the role training, certification, and experience play in safe crane operation.

In 2014-2015, CIC will partner with at least 8 regional hosts and sponsors to bring the event to you in the Northwest, West, Southwest, Midwest, Southeast, and Northeast.

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Top qualifiers from the CIC Regionals will advance to a Championship, to be held at a high-profile venue in late 2015. The Championship is co-hosted by CIC and Crane & Rigging Hot Line magazine. Regional hosts will sponsor the travel and hotel expenses for the finalists to compete at the Championship.

Competition standards and scoring are designed by Crane Institute Certification and administered by CIC Practical Examiners. The competition includes three crane operation challenges to assess precision and depth perception. Scoring is weighted 80% on successful completion of the course. Crane operation will be on a telescopic boom crane with minimum 70-foot booth length.

An additional 20% of the overall score assesses the operator’s knowledge of basic rigging principles, including inspection and selection of appropriate rigging. The rigging portion of the competition is designed by Columbus McKinnon Corp.

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