Utility linemen: Regional Crane Operator and Rigger Skills Competitions

Mobile workers: Registration now open for Regional Crane Operator and Rigger Skills Events across the U.S.

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Utility line construction: Crane Institute Certification (CIC) announces the hosts for nine Regional Crane Operator & Rigger Skills Competitions to take place across the United States, beginning Oct. 11, 2014.

Twenty top qualifiers from the CIC Regionals will advance to a Championship, to be held at a high-profile venue in late 2015. Regional hosts will sponsor the travel and hotel expenses for the finalists to compete for cash and other prizes at the Championship.

Visit www.cicert.com/news/compete to register for a Regional Crane Operator & Rigger Competition near you. The registration fee is $50.

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., supplier of many well-known hoist, rigging hardware, and below-the-hook attachment brands, such as CM, Yale, Shaw-Box, Chester, Coffing, Little Mule, and Unified. "Our goal is to utilize our product and application knowledge to help customers lift, position, and secure loads easily and safely," said Krista Terwilliger, Marketing Coordinator.

Crane Institute Certification (CIC), Villa Rica, Ga., is an independent certifying organization providing OSHA recognized, NCCA and ANSI accredited certifications for mobile crane operators according to type and capacity, as well as rigger and signalperson certifications. CIC is committed to serving construction, utility and power generation, underground construction, manufacturing, and heavy industry by providing efficient and relevant certifications to meet or exceed OSHA requirements and industry best practices.

With CIC one Practical Exam can earn up to five certifications. Among the certification programs that CIC has recently released are for operators of Multi-Purpose Equipment, including Digger Derricks, Articulating Boom Cranes, and Service/Mechanics Trucks. Exam questions and tasks are relevant to real-world work sites. Exams are available in English and Spanish.

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