Crane & Rigger Training (includes Signal Giver)

Crane and Rigging Wallet Card

We offer an 8-hour Crane and Rigging Training Course and we also offer an “advanced” course that takes 12-16 hours to complete. Both courses are backed by The University of Texas at Arlington. The training can be done at your location or at ours.


The topics included in the 8-hour training classes are: crane components; hazard assessment; machine inspections; lifting principles; crane setup; site preparation; wind speed; weather conditions; power-line awareness; crane signals (hand signals & radio signals); responsibilities; reading load charts; crane accidents; crane selection; wire rope; surface conditions; sling types; sling angles,selecting hitches, rigging hardware and; rigging inspection.


The Advanced Crane & Rigger course includes the same topics that are covered in the 8-hour class, as well as: estimating load weights and locating the load’s center of gravity are included in the Advanced Crane and Rigger Training. The advanced course also includes practical training where the students are given different scenarios and asked to develop a lift plan. Upon completion the student(s) will receive a Certificate of Completion for our Cranes, Rigging and Signal Giver Course and a UTA Cranes and Rigging Training wallet card. The UTA wallet card does not expire and this training can be verified through the OSHA Outreach Portal.
* please note that Houston Forklift Safety recommends refresher training at least once every 3-years.


The 8-hour course is recommended for Competent Person Candidates; Controlling entities; Crane Owners; Crane Users; Engineers; Site Supervisors; Lift Directors; Crane Operators; Level I (Apprentice) Riggers; Signal Givers; Safety Officers ; and workers that operate Overhead Cranes, Gantry Cranes, Jib Cranes, Wall Mounted Cranes and Vehicle-mounted Cranes. Any person who “might” work in a Construction Zone where cranes are used should also consider taking this class.

The Advanced Crane and Rigger Class is recommended for “Level II” (Journeyman) Riggers and for people who are operating Rough Terrain Cranes, Lattice Boom Cranes, Crawler Cranes, Boom Trucks, Barge Cranes, Tower Cranes and Carry Deck Cranes.

The costs for the 8-hour course is $150.00 per person.
The costs for the Advanced course is $250.00 per person.
*group discounts are available
Training is available for the following types of cranes:
Overhead Cranes
Gantry Cranes
Jib Cranes (Wall Mounted & Pedestal Mounted)
Crawler Cranes
Truck Cranes
Rough Terrain Cranes
All Terrain Cranes
Truck Mounted Cranes (Boom Cranes, Knuckle Cranes & Service Truck Cranes)
Carry Deck Cranes (Drott, Broderson, etc.)
Barge Cranes
Tower Cranes


  • Competent Person: A person who is capable of identifying existing and predictable hazards in the surroundings or working conditions which are unsanitary, hazardous, or dangerous to employees and who has authorization to take prompt corrective measures to eliminate them.
  • Controlling Entity: Has overall responsibility for safety of the job site. Also defined as the prime contractor, general contractor, construction manager or any legal entity which has the responsibility for the planning, quality and completion of the construction for the project.
  • Crane Owner: Has custodial control of a crane by virtue of lease or ownership.
  • Crane User: Arranges the crane’s presence on a work site and controls its use there.
  • Engineer – This person is responsible for approving all lift plans when the manufacturer’s procedures are unavailable.
    *Must be a registered Engineer who is familiar with the equipment being used.
  • Site Supervisor: Exercises supervisory control over the work site on which a crane is being used and over the work which is being performed on that site.
  • Lift Director: Directly oversees the work being performed by a crane and the associated rigging crew.
  • Crane Operators (and Trainees): The person who will be in direct control of the crane’s functions.
  • Rigger: a person who specializes in the lifting and moving of extremely large or heavy objects, often with the assistance of a crane or a derrick.
    *a Level I Rigger (Apprentice Rigger) is considered “Qualified” to perform simple, repetitive rigging tasks when the weight of the load, the center of gravity, the rigging equipment and the rigging configuration(s) are provided or known. He has a “basic” understanding of capacities, hitch configurations and knots and he can identify and inspect rigging equipment (before & after use), attach and remove rigging components, identify hazards and act as a Signal Giver.
    *a Level II Rigger (Journeyman Rigger) understands hitch configurations, load angle factors, rigging capacity, load integrity and can perform the following rigging tasks with little or no supervision: estimate load weights; locate the load’s center of gravity; identify lift points; determine and select rigging equipment; perform pre-use inspection of rigging equipment and lift points; identify and attach rigging; and understands load dynamics and hazards
  • Signal Giver: the person who is in charge of using voice and hand signals to communicate with each member of the lift team.
  • Safety Officers – A Safety Officer monitors workplace activities to ensure that workers comply with company policies and safety regulations.
  • Others – Any other worker who will work in an area where cranes are being used.itself back onto the tower.


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