Boom Truck Operator Certification
In August 2009, OSHA released a final rule regarding training for crane operators. As part of that rule, those who operate boom trucks capable of lifting more than 2000 pounds are required to be certified as operators. Electric utilities and contractors have been granted a partial exemption from the rule, but that exemption only applies to operating a digger/derrick truck while doing Subpart V work. For all other equipment and work that is outside the scope of Subpart V, certification is still required. Originally scheduled to be required by November 2014, OSHA has extended the deadline for certification to November 2017.
The NUITF has a number of training instructors available to conduct a training class to prepare experienced boom truck operators (which include many linemen) for the certification tests for telescoping booms up to 75 tons lifting capacity. Classes and testing may be held at one of our locations or at yours. Our instructors teach the curriculum offered by the Crane Institute of America, an OSHA-approved training program. Our classes also include testing, both written and practical, which is required for certification. Many of the classes we hold will be able to accommodate individuals from other companies, not just the employees from our host utilities. Those who successfully complete the training and testing will receive fully portable certification.
Watch this space for further updates and class schedules