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Crane Operator Rodeo Competition 2013-2014

Seven Regional Qualifying Rodeos Scheduled for 2013

Crane Institute Certification (CIC) announced last month that it has renewed its partnership for the third year in a row with Maximum Capacity Media (MCM) to offer the industry the MCM-CIC Crane Operator Rodeo.  The event provides operators in North America an opportunity to showcase their skills, and is intended to increase awareness of the 2014 OSHA requirements for crane operators to be certified by type and capacity.  Debbie Dickinson, Executive Director of CIC, offered the following comments:

“This is the only crane operator recognition program of this scale in North America.  Working with Regional Qualifier Hosts in cities from coast to coast, we are able to introduce young people to crane operation as a profession, and educate local governments and businesses about the role training, experience, and certification plays in safe crane operation.”

Seven Regional Qualifying Rodeos are currently scheduled for 2013.  The top two finishers of each Regional Qualifier will advance to the National Championship, which will be held in March 2014 at ConExpo-Con/Agg in Las Vegas, Nevada.

On June 27, 2013, Cranes 101, the training division of Crane's Aerial Truck Service, will co-host the first Regional Qualifier with Wood's CRW in North Oxford, Massachusetts, near Worcester, MA.  Cranes 101, based in Bellingham, MA, specializes in offering Massachusetts and Rhode Island state license preparation, OSHA 10- and 30-Hour classes, and operator training for personnel devices and cranes of all types.  In addition, Cranes 101 is an authorized written and practical exam provider for Crane Institute Certification.  Their staff will provide judges and proctors for the Regional Qualifier.  As co-host, Wood's CRW Corp., a heavy-construction equipment distributor, will provide the crane for the event.  Wood's represents Link-Belt, National, Shuttlelift, and Tadano crane brands.

The second Regional Qualifying Rodeo will also be held in the Northeast.  Empire Crane Company, Syracuse, NY, returns for a second year as a host, with an event to be held July 19, 2013 at its headquarters.  The company is an authorized dealer for Terex Cranes, Tadano-Mantis, Grove Industrial Cranes, and Manitex Boom Trucks.

Other Regional Qualifying Rodeos will be held throughout the summer and fall.  Kolo Training in Edmonton, Alberta, will host an event in August; Industrial Training International will host September's Regional Qualifying Rodeo in Woodland, WA; the San Diego AGC and Webber LLC will each host events in October in the cities of San Diego, CA and Houston, TX.  Crane Institute of America and the Florida Crane Owner's Council will also hold a regional event in Orlando, FL, in the fall.

CIC has designed the course and contest standards, and CIC Practical Examiners in each of these cities will volunteer as judges for the competitions.

For updates about the Regional Qualifiers or to register to compete, visit the Crane Operator Rodeo 2013-2014 website.

To read more about the competition and watch video from last year’s events, check out Construction Citizen’s coverage of last year's Crane Rodeos.

About Crane Institute Certification

Crane Institute Certification (CIC) is an independent certifying organization providing OSHA recognized, NCCA accredited certifications for mobile crane operators according to type and capacity, as well as rigger and signalperson certifications.  Among the certification programs CIC has in development are tower crane operator, crane inspector/certifier, and lift director.  Exams are available in English and Spanish.

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