Important Notice Regarding OSHA Crane Operator Certification Requirements

November 13, 2018

On November 7, 2018, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) published a final rule that clarifies certification requirements for crane operators.

Please note that pursuant to federal law (29 CFR 1926), effective December 9, 2018, ALL candidates, prior to applying for the City of Chicago Crane Operators Written and Crane Operators Practical Examination(s), must hold a valid, nationally recognized crane operator certification approved by the OSHA.

The national crane certifications approved by OSHA are:

 

The requirement for holding a valid, OSHA nationally recognized crane operator certification pertains to:

  • All first time and retake candidates applying to take the City of Chicago Crane Operators Written and Crane Operators Practical Examination(s), either CLASS I or II.
  • Any additional license endorsements.
  • All City of Chicago Crane Operators license renewals.
  • All reinstatements of expired City of Chicago Crane Operator licenses.

 

All candidates must provide proof of holding one of the national crane operator certifications approved by OSHA by submitting to Continental Testing Services a clear photographic copy of the front and back image of their valid national crane operator certification card.

Furthermore, all current City of Chicago Crane Operator licensees must have a valid national crane certification card by the federal December 9, 2018 effective date and must present said card to a City of Chicago inspector at a job site upon request.

Please note that the City of Chicago does not have authority to waive or alter the above federal law nor does the City of Chicago have the authority to extend the effective date of the above federal law.

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