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Crane operator certification

In B.C., crane operators must have a certificate that's acceptable to WorkSafeBC in order to operate cranes in any of the three general crane categories (boom trucks, mobiles, and tower cranes). Here you'll find important information about certification.

Get certified in B.C.

In B.C., crane operator certification is administered through BC Crane Safety. The first step for certification is to register with BC Crane Safety.

Crane operators with a crane operator trades qualification certificate issued in B.C. by the former Industry Training Authority and Apprenticeship Commission (ITAC) or a Red Seal, do not require any assessment. The ITAC-issued qualification card or Red Seal meets WorkSafeBC's crane operator requirements.

Crane operators from out of province

Crane operators with crane trade qualification, Red Seal, or a valid crane operator certificate issued by a regulatory authority in another province or territory in Canada do not require testing or assessment. However, to receive a B.C. crane operator's certificate, out-of-province operators must:

  1. Register with BC Crane Safety.
  2. Review a jurisprudence package outlining the regulatory requirements and safe work practices that apply in B.C.

Crane operator competency profile charts

WorkSafeBC has created crane operator competency profile charts for boom truck, mobile, and tower operators. They're designed to help crane operators and employers meet the requirements for operating cranes in B.C. These charts are the foundation for your practical assessment. They can be found below in our Resources section.