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Training Program: Qualified Signal Person

Effective November 8, 2010 a qualified signal person is required when the point of operation is not in full view of the operator or when the operator's view is obstructed in the direction the equipment is traveling. This requirement is mandatory in accordance with the new OSHA crane standard, 29 CFR 1926.1400.

How will you qualify your employees?

Rent-A-Crane, Inc. is now offering training classes to qualify your employees in basic rigging principles. In this 8-hour course, we will cover the basics of crane communications and signaling to include the following:

  • Rules for giving crane signals
  • Standard method hand signals
  • Voice signals
  • Crane Operations and Limitations
  • Damage Prevention
  • Safe practices for hoisting personnel
  • How to give crane signals

What is a typical class like?

Qualification classes are based on an 8-hour day. Classes start promptly at 7:00 am, and instruction, hands-on training and examples are given throughout the morning. When we return from lunch, there will be a short review/question and answer period before the written exam. After the written exam, there will be individual practical exams to gauge the applicant’s qualification status. Written exams may be given in Spanish upon request.

What will I receive?

In addition to the valuable skills you receive, successful participants will obtain a photo qualification card. Applicants will also receive a Signal Person safety manual and a pocket-sized hand signal card.

How long is the qualification good for?

Signal Person qualification is good for five years. After this initial time period, applicants may choose to renew this qualification for a further five years, or continue on to the NCCCO Signal Person Certification program. Reminders will be sent to candidates one year before their expiration date.

How do I register?

To register: 1) Call (703) 372-2444, 2) Fax the registration form to (703) 372-2995, or 3) email the registration form to After your form is received, you will be contacted with a confirmation and more detailed information about training.