CIC Certifications at the VU Gibson Center

 CIC certifications available at the Gibson Center:

  • Tower Cranes (self-erecting, fixed jib, or luffing boom)
  • Telescoping Boom Crane, Under 21 Tons
  • Telescoping Boom Crane, 21-75 Tons
  • Telescoping Boom Crane, Over 75 Tons
  • Lattice Boom Crawler
  • Lattice Boom Carrier
  • Precast Concrete Delivery Cranes (under 21-ton capacity, fixed or rotating operator station)
  • Service Mechanic Truck (SMT - under 21-ton capacity)

Other services offered:

  • Mobile crane operator - training, certification, and re-certification
  • Knuckleboom crane operator - training, certification
  • Overhead crane operator - training and qualification, certification
  • Digger derrick operator - training and qualification, certification
  • Mobile and overhead crane - inspections
  • Rigger-Signal person - training and qualification



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Premier Crane Academy of Indiana

Why certify your experience with NACC at the Vincennes University Gibson Center?

  • Cost-effective fees
  • Train and qualify in days, not months
  • Customized training available to satisfy specific needs
  • Complete one practical exam for up to five types and capacity levels of crane certification
  • Train at a $12.5 million, state-of-the-art facility located within miles of Interstates 64 and 69, just north of Evansville, Indiana, and Henderson, Kentucky.







Crane Insitute Certification - North American Crane Certification


Crane Institute Certification (CIC) issues NCCA accredited operator certifications for mobile cranes (five types and capacity levels), articulating boom cranes, digger derrick cranes, and service/mechanic truck cranes.  Certifications are also issued for, riggers, signalpersons and master riggers.  CIC meets OSHA’s current requirements for crane operator certification by type and capacity and OSHA’s rigger and signalperson qualification requirements. 

For additional information, contact coordinator John Tooley ( at 812-888-2870, or Register Online.



Crane Operator Training Class
By November 2018, OSHA requires all crane operators to be certified by a nationally accredited organization.  To assist with this requirement, the Vincennes University Gibson Center  now hosts crane operator training and certification classes on a monthly basis.  Training includes classroom instruction, written exam, and practical exam, all completed within one week. NCCCO license holders can be re-certified also.  Certified training personnel provided by North American Crane Certifications (NACC), an official training parter with the Crane Institute of America.



Certification Requirements

CIC provides OSHA recognized NCCA accredited crane operator certifications.  To become a CIC certified crane operator or rigger/signaler, a candidate must pass a General Knowledge Exam, Supplemental Exam(s) and a Practical Operating Exam for the crane type and capacity level for which the candidate is applying.  Some states or cities have specific requirements for crane operator licenses.  Check your state or municipality’s website for current requirements.


Requirements for Crane Institute Certification as a Certified Crane Operator includes the following:

  • Be 18 years of age or older
  • Pass a practical operating exam for the crane type selected
  • Meet the ASME physical qualification and medical requirements
  • Pass the general knowledge exam and supplemental exam(s) for the certification applying for
  • Honor the Crane Institute of America Certification Code of Ethics and adhere to substance abuse policy

Documentation Requirements:

  • Earn a passing score on written exams
  • Complete and sign the medical verification form
  • Earn a passing score on the practical operating exam
  • Read and sign the Code of Ethics Agreement including the substance abuse policy
  • Provide government-issued photo ID (i.e. driver's license, passport) at exam site; CDL licenses may be mandatory in some areas.



Immediately prior to taking the written exam, candidates are required to sign their acceptance of confidentiality agreement and the exam security agreement. Candidates should review these forms in advance since they must be signed by the candidate at the time of the written exam or the written exam cannot be administered.

About CIC and Its Purpose

Crane Institute Certification (CIC) is an independent certifying organization.  CIC’s nationally accredited crane operator, rigger and signalperson programs are the result of the experience and input from experts from a broad range of crane-related companies, industry groups and assessment experts.  CIC subject matter experts include crane managers for power, construction, and general industry; crane operators and supervisors; inspectors; manufacturers; and training professionals.  The crane operating experience and wisdom represented by these experts is unparalleled.

The main purpose of CIC is to save lives through certification, promote safety, provide the crane industry with more options to obtain accredited certification and be known as the standard in certification.

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Cranes and Derricks in Construction - November 2018

November 10, 2018:  new updates for OSHA standards for cranes and digger derricks in construction.


Q:  Where can I find guidelines for these regulations?

A:  OSHA Standard 1926.1400 (Subpart CC), which can be located on the Department of Labor website.


Q:  What type of cranes/heavy equipment falls under these new standards?

A:  "Power-operated equipment, when used in construction, that can hoist, lower and horizontally move a suspended load....[which can include] ...articulating cranes (such as knuckle-boom cranes); crawler cranes; floating cranes; cranes on barges; locomotive cranes; mobile cranes (such as wheel-mounted, rough-terrain, all-terrain, commercial truck-mounted, and boom truck cranes); multi-purpose machines when configured to hoist and lower (by means of a winch or hook) and horizontally move a suspended load; industrial cranes (such as carry-deck cranes); dedicated pile drivers; service/mechanic trucks with a hoisting device; a crane on a monorail; tower cranes (such as a fixed jib, i.e., "hammerhead boom"), luffing boom and self-erecting); pedestal cranes; portal cranes; overhead and gantry cranes; straddle cranes; sideboom cranes; derricks; and variations of such equipment" (1926.1400[a]).


Q:  Is any "power operated equipment...that can hoist, lower, and horizontally move a suspended load" excluded from these new standards?

A:  Yes.  Numerous exclusions are specified [1926.1400(c) - 1926.1400(c)(16)].  Also see 1926.1427(a)(3): ".... certification under {subpart CC) is not required for operators with a maximum manufacturer-rated hoisting/lifting capactiy of 2,000 pounds or less."


Q:  If an operator chooses to train with North American Crane Certification at the Vincennes Gibson location, is that training sufficient to satisfy these new certification requirements?

A:  Yes.  See 1926.1427(b) - (b)(1)(i):  "For a testing organization to be considered accredited to certify accredited by a nationally recognized accrediting agency..."  North American Crane Certification provides instructional curriculum from the Crane Institute Certification, which is recognized by OSHA, NCAA, and ANSI.


Q:  Is the installation of concrete burial vaults an operation that is included under the new cranes in construction standards?

A:  No.  The placement of a concrete burial vault is not considered a construction activity and would therefore be excluded from the crane in construction standards.  However, the excavation of the burial plot itself could be considered a construction activity that would be included.