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What Are the Requirements To Be A Certified Crane Inspector?

According to OSHA regulations, the employer is required to have a competent person to inspect all of the cranes and other equipment on the site.

If you want to know the requirements to become a certified crane inspector, this guide is for you. From the required work experience to formal training requirements and testing, here's all you need to know.


To qualify for a crane inspector certificate, you must meet the following prerequisites:

Work Experience

If you want to become a crane inspector, you'll need to have at least 2,000 hours of experience under your belt. You must also know how to correctly identify defects in the crane's electrical, structural, and mechanical components.

In addition, you must have a minimum of five years of experience performing duties as a crane operator, supervisor, mechanic, or technician.  

Formal Training

Formal Training

Even with 2,000 hours of experience, you'll also need to go through formal training, which includes learning all about safety measures and the proper use of tools.

On that note, you'll learn how to operate cranes safely, write reports, and use additional equipment like meters, man-lifts, ladders, and jacks. You must undergo formal training every two years.

Written and Practical Exams

One of the last crane inspection certification requirements includes passing a written and practical exam. However, before taking the exam, you must fill out a form on which you will state the following:

  • Accurate information about your work experience
  • Your level of education
  • Your level of formal training
  • Recommendations (if you have them)

Tip: You must submit these papers two weeks before taking the test

Written Exams

These exams will be different, depending on the certificate you are looking for.

  • Core exams for crane inspectors - 50 questions, 60 minutes
  • Exams for mobile crane inspectors - 50 questions, 90 minutes
  • Exams for tower crane inspectors - 40 questions, 60 minutes
  • Exams for overhead crane inspectors - 70 questions, 90 minutes

Tip: You also have to pass the respective operator exam.

Practical Exams

The questions will be based on different real-life scenarios to test your ability to identify potential dangers in the field.

How Long Is the Certificate Valid?

The inspector's certificate lasts five years, after which you must renew it. You don't have to take the exams in a specific order, but as you see fit. You'll have 12 months after passing the first one to take another one.

Authorized inspectors will also get a free certification card. However, if you want to take out a replacement card, you'll be charged $25. Since these cards are the property of NCCCO, you may not give them to another person to use. Also, if NCCCO requests it, you must return them.

Get in Touch with Southeast Rigging, Inc

Crane inspection certification requirements include at least 2,000 hours of experience, formal training every two years, and passing written and practical exams.

On that note, if you require additional rigging or lifting training, contact Southeast Rigging, Inc. We also provide inspection and repair services and sell high-quality rigging and lifting products. 

Get in touch and let us keep you and your employees safe! 

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