Welcome to our Articulating Boom Crane Operator Training and Certification Program. Our program has a very high success history helping hundreds of crane operators achieve “CERTIFICATION” currently offered by the  National Commission for the Certification of Crane Operators (NCCCO).

Our 2 day national articulating boom crane training course includes:

  • Students receive their own full color Student Workbook
  • Students receive a current copy of ASME Safety Standard
  • All sessions are designed to instruct the Domains cited by NCCCO
  • Sample Test questions follow each training session
  • 100% Satisfaction Guaranteed!


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Articulating Boom Crane

Articulating Boom Crane With Winch

Articulating Boom Crane With Loader


The program is an excellent means of training crane operators in the construction or general industries and all those seeking qualification credentials from beginning apprentices to the seasoned journeyman crane operator, company and government safety and compliance officers are encouraged to attend. Everyone will gain knowledge and leave this presentation pleased with the knowledge gained.

In recent years Articulating Boom Cranes have become increasingly popular in the construction industry, as well as those companies who deliver construction products such as dry wall and precast concrete. With longer boom lengths and increased capacities, along with their wide range of attachments, make these cranes more and more attractive to crane users.

Our In-Person Articulating Boom Crane Operator Qualification Program is a multimedia event watched on two large screens instructed using PowerPoint as students follow along in their own 207 page Full Color Student Manual.

Students will follow all nineteen sessions in their own Articulating Boom Crane Training Manual written by and instructed in person by Danny Thiemens, one of North America’s most respected trainers and authors. Each of the nineteen sessions will be instructed by the Author himself followed by his own written test questions, all presented much like those found on a National Examination. All participants will receive the most recent copy of ASME B30.22 Safety Standard as part of their program curriculum for Articulating Boom Cranes as well as the Articulating Boom Crane Reference Manual published by NCCCO. The program content is specifically designed to properly instruct all of the knowledge areas and domains currently sited by NCCCO in their written examination guidelines and much much more.

Your student manual and reference study material will be placed in front of you along with your NCCCO reference manual and ASME Safety Standard. We will be ready for you to start your program.

After instruction of each and every session, such as “Load Charts”, students will practice numerous load chart scenario problems. Following each knowledge area, such as “Setting Up Cranes”, a series of multiple choice questions will follow, all specifically crafted for that topic. Our questions have been developed much like those on a National Examination. All multiple choice questions are crafted from a reference such as a book, OSHA regulation or ASME Safety Standard.

Candidates will hear the material, write it, and do it again. This is the ultimate in Advanced Crane Theory Training!

We consider the success of every student our responsibility and a direct reflection of the quality of training we deliver. We would like an opportunity to help you through the Articulating Boom Crane Operator Certification program. WE GUARANTEE YOUR SUCCESS!

This is a robust professional Articulating Boom Crane Operator Training Program any way you measure it. Great graphics and pictures throughout all 19 sessions keeps you interested and looking forward for more. Our up to date PowerPoint presentation with meaningful pictures, charts and statistics gives you the latest information available in the industry.

Our Main Course Objectives

History of Cranes

Learn how the cranes have evolved over thousands of years. People have used innovative ways of lifting really heavy objects and bringing them where they are needed, as demonstrated at Stone Hedge, the Pyramids of Giza and countless ancient sites around the world. Learn how the cranes then evolved into the cranes we use today. See how the accident rates and fatalities increased as the cranes became more sophisticated.


Personal Protection

Because in the Articulating Boom Crane industry the crane operator is often times the truck driver delivering the load, the rigger hitching up the load, and often the person landing the load, there is a very high accident rate involving slips, trips and falls that occur. During this session, safeguards protecting the crane operator and all those around the crane are discussed.

Crane Operator Responsibilities

Whether or not the crane owner or users are the same entity, their responsibilities are essentially the same. In this session, students learn their own responsibilities as well as the responsibilities of others involved with the lift. Sample test questions are reviewed at the conclusion of classroom lecture.

Crane Laws & Regulations

Federal Occupational Safety and Health Standards (OSHA), as well as State and local regulations for the construction industry, particularly those that involve craning equipment, are reviewed during this session. Industry safety standards and their recommendations are explored. A virtual test is included. Class participants also discuss the division of responsibilities between the contractor, the operator, and other on-site personnel and how to operate the equipment within the manufacturer’s guidelines. Students write information into their student workbook during the lecture. Watch a recorded demonstration of how classroom session would be presented. Note! Video is only part of the entire program.

Crane Terminology, Crane Types and Definitions

A review of the terms and their definitions commonly used in the industry and as described in ASME B30.22 Safety Standard for Articulating Boom Cranes is provided. Also discussed is the use of the many attachments available, their advantages and limitations. Components are reviewed in the classroom, as well as sample test questions are administered.

Crane Inspections

A good crane operator is always alert to the condition of the crane and the pre-operational inspections becomes a routine and constant check of that condition. The purpose of pre-operational inspections are discussed. The main types of inspections are reviewed and the items that should be checked in accordance with manufacturer’s specifications are discussed. A sample written examination is presented virtually on camera.

Setting Up Articulating Boom Cranes

Setting up Articulating Boom Cranes represents a completely different set of rules in comparison to their sister Mobile Crane procedures. In this session those rules are reviewed and compared. The proper extension of stabilizers, ensuring that the crane is working from a firm level supporting surface and has adequate swing clearance to safely perform the work are among the many of the points discussed. Sample test questions are administered virtually at the conclusion of this session.

Articulating Boom Crane Load Charts

The mysterious load chart always seems to be the point of intimidation and sometimes confusion to the crane operators. During this session that problem will be wiped away forever. Through virtual classroom lecture and discussion followed by student hands-on exercises participants quickly learn how to interpret all the different load charts manufacturers are using today. Both one dimensional and two dimensional charts are studied as students successfully complete multiple load chart lifting scenarios as well as a multiple choice examination administered in the classroom. Watch a demonstration and learn how to complete this question by clicking below.

8. Making a lift at a radius of 54 ft and a height of 12 ft, what is your net capacity lifting on the extension in this configuration?

Watch a FREE Virtual training video demonstration on how to find the answer to the load chart question above.

Working Around High Voltage

In this session, participants quickly learn what takes place when contact is made with high voltage apparatus. Facts are presented to show how the current flows through the machine and radiates through the ground, sometimes causing injury or death to persons not necessarily involved in the lift. Absolute “Limits of Approach” and emergency procedures to be followed if contact is made are also studied and an extensive sample test is administered at the end of the classroom lecture.

“THE THUNDER ROLLS AND THE LIGHTNING STRIKES!” Information is provided to give the Crane Operator better information to make a good decision if lightning is within striking distance and if work should stop, and then again when it is safe for work to resume. Sample written test questions are completed as part of the lecture.

Wire Rope

Various types of wire rope used in the craning industry for both hoisting and rigging applications are dealt with in this presentation. Procedures for identifying, applying, and maintaining wire rope are presented, as well as inspection techniques and removal from service criteria. A virtual multiple choice examination is administered.


The importance of clear and concise communication between the crane operator, signal person and rigger to ensure the safety of the lift are discussed. Standard International hand signals are introduced. The use of radio contact is also explored. A virtual written examination is included. The Instructor will demonstrate in class how to properly use hand signals.

Handling of Personnel

When personal platforms are used on Articulating Boom Cranes they shall conform to all the regulations and standards as stated in ASME B30.22. Class participants review and discuss these procedures. The differences between the rules associated between Mobile Crane Operations and Articulating Boom Cranes are clearly examined. A classroom written examination follows the lecture.

Leaving the Crane Unattended

Discussed are precautions and procedures for leaving the crane controls for short periods of time or extended periods of time. Review of specific recommendations and laws in accordance with OSHA regulations and ASME safety standards are discussed and reviewed. Sample test questions are reviewed following this lecture.

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Sling Application

During this presentation and in-class exercises, participants learn how to select, inspect and apply various types of slings, including wire rope, synthetic, chain and mesh sling. Students learn how to determine the safe working load that can be applied to them. The effect that the sling’s angle to the load has on its rated capacity is discussed, and calculations are made to determine actual safe working loads or working load limits.

Crane Hook Inspection

Several considerations that apply to hooks and observances of them are discussed. Inspection criteria and removal from service are reviewed in detail. What steps that must be taken if damage is found are some of the many items reviewed, including the criteria of the need of a safety latch. An extensive written examination follows the lecture.

Making the Lift

The procedures and precautions that should be observed whenever loads are to be handled are reviewed in detail. Some lifts require a written lift plan and a lift director in charge of the operation. All those provisions are discussed and followed by a series of test questions at the end of session.

Determining Load Weights

The first and most important step in any rigging operation is the determination of the weight of the load. Students learn and discuss those steps. This segment emphasizes the importance of knowing the location of the load’s center of gravity to assist in the selection of the proper rigging necessary to produce a “stable” load when lifted. It is also important to recognize what happens to the center of gravity of a load once the load is lifted into the air. This session deals with various types of rigging hardware commonly used in the craning industry. Identification, inspection procedures, application and removal from service criteria are presented through virtual and hands-on demonstrations. Sample test questions are completed following this lecture.

NCCCO Written Examinations and Practical Examinations

During our initial administration procedures we will assist our course participants to complete all applications necessary for the National Commission for the Certification of Crane Operators (NCCCO) written and practical examinations for Articulating Boom Cranes. The written examination is a stand alone test and should not be confused with other NCCCO programs. Please visit www.nccco.org for more information.

NCCCO Practical Examinations

NCCCO practical examinations will be coordinated to take place at the convenience of the candidate. Examinations generally last about one hour and can take place before or after NCCCO written examinations. We can schedule practice time and consultation using your company’s crane, at your convenience. Please visit our special area on this site regarding crane operator practical examinations and workshops. Learn more by visiting www.nccco.org.

Satisfaction Guaranteed

If for whatever reason any candidate that is not successful in completing any part of the NCCCO written examination, we will consult them and provide further instructions at no extra charge. Please see our “No One Left Behind Policy”. We fully realize many of our candidates have not been in a classroom in many years. Our job is to lower test anxiety and have our graduates do well. Everyone leaves feeling great, and as if their experience was one of the best they ever had.

As today’s Cranes continue to become larger and more sophisticated, we can not afford to not be smarter, train harder and become certified.