Welcome to our Mobile Crane Operator Training and Certification program. We are very proud of this program and its long time performance helping Crane Operators learn and gain knowledge as we help them achieve Crane Operator CERTIFICATION.

Our 3 day national mobile 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!


You pick your specialty crane examination and your load chart test

Lattice Boom Crawler (LBC)

Lattice Boom Truck (LBT)

Swing Cab (TTL)

Fixed Cab (TSS)

We have helped thousands to do just that across the USA, Canada, and other parts of the World. Our curriculum helped provide training during the Ground Zero World Trade Center cleanup; as well as countless classroom sessions, safety conferences and seminars coast to coast. The program content was originally prepared by internationally known Crane Consultant, Trainer and Co-Editor of the training manual “Mobile Craning Today” Mr. Ron Cowper, of Toronto, Canada. Today’s Mobile Crane Program is based on the new Training Manual written by Danny Thiemens in 2021. The book is 270 pages in color with many pictures and graphics. The manual is specifically designed to properly prepare candidates who take the course with all the knowledge areas and domains currently sited by the NATIONAL COMMISSION FOR THE CERTIFICATION OF CRANE OPERATORS (NCCCO) written examination outline as the topics a Crane Operator must understand and much much more. The program is designed to be developed in person for groups or virtually on-line.

To learn more about our virtual Crane Training programs please visit our website at  www.fulcrumvirtualcranetraining.com.

This is a very robust professional Crane Operator training program. These sessions have received national media attention several times over the years. Many thanks to Mr. Ron Cowper who designed the original curriculum and all his help and leadership that has helped the Crane and Rigging Industry become a much safer place. Thousands have benefited from his knowledge all over North America. Ron has since retired and left his longtime friend and co-instructor Danny Thiemens, of Spokane, Washington, to carry on his tradition of high quality crane training and his legacy. Danny Thiemens new book has been written in his honor.

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A Message from Danny

Ron Cowper was my mentor. I’m very grateful for the knowledge and experience and most importantly the opportunity to help the Crane and Rigging Industry. When you enter our classroom we will be ready for you. Your Mobile Crane Theory workbook, and most recent ASME B.30.5 Mobile Crane Safety Standard, Name Table Tent, pencils and highlighter will be neatly placed before you.

This will be a multimedia event presented on two large screens. After each knowledge area we will practice together hundreds of sample test questions over the period of the course, crafted and presented much like those you will see on the National Crane examination. You will see it, hear it, write it and do it again. Our main objective is everyone in the entire class is successful and leaves with confidence ready to test.

For the next 3 days it will be my most important priority to use all my knowledge and experience gained as a Crane Operator, Supervisor, and former staff member at the National Commission for the Certification of Crane Operators along with the hundreds of hours of classroom instructions to deliver you arguably one of the best Crane Operator Training and Certification Programs anywhere in North America. I take every class personally. The quality of my instruction will reflect on me when my students are taking their National Certification Examinations. Each and every participant is important to me, my goal is always 100 percent success. Even if one student fails, I take it personally. We would like an opportunity to earn your business.

Custom training dates and locations can be coordinated anywhere in the US and across the World. We offer versatile programs: day, evening and weekend sessions are available, with meals served prior to our evening sessions.

Danny Thiemens has trained hundreds of Crane Operators coast to coast.



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.

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 review.

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 taught. A written examination is included. Class participants also discuss the division of responsibilities between the contractor, the operator and other on-site personnel in operating the equipment within the manufacturer’s guidelines.

Crane Nomenclature

In this session, candidates learn the proper name and use of the many parts of Mobile Cranes. The differences between All Terrain, Truck Crane and Crawler Cranes are discussed. The advantages of Swing Cab and Fixed Cab Cranes are some of the many topics looked over during this session.

Definitions Used in Craning

A review of the terms and definitions used in the Crane Industry as described in ASME B30.5 Safety Standard is provided. Those terms used in load chart calculations are reinforced in preparation for that are of instruction.

Crane Inspections

A good crane operator is always alert to the condition of their crane and the pre-operational inspections become 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 and reviewed. A sample written examination is presented.

Setting Up Cranes

The eight main points necessary for the proper setting up of rubber tired and crawler mounted cranes are reviewed. The proper extension of outriggers, ensuring that the crane is working from a firm level of supporting surface and has adequate swing clearance to safely perform the work, are among the pointed discussed.

Mobile Crane Load Charts

The mysterious load chart always seems to be the point of intimidation and sometimes confusion to the crane operator.  During this session that problem will be wiped away forever. Through 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.

Students learn the part of the load chart based on structural integrity of the machine stability, the tipping moment of the crane. Candidates practice multiple configurations of the crane and how it effects the load chart.

Working Around High Voltage and Lightning in the Area

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 actual contact. Absolute “Limits of Approach” and emergency procedures to be following if contact is made are also studied.

Also discussed are rules and procedures when “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.

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 rigging apparatus are presented, as well as inspection techniques and removal from service criteria.


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.

Personnel Lifting Systems

When lifting with a Mobile Crane Personnel Lifting System, very serious considerations must be made. Strict inspection procedures, and pre-lift rules must be followed. The lift must be pre-planned and then carried out with great care. In this session, students review and discuss those rules and procedures.

Sling Selection & Application

During this presentation and in-class exercises, participants learn how to select, inspect and apply various types of slings and 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.

Rigging Hardware

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 hands on demonstrations.

Equalizer & Spreader Beams

The difference between equalizer and spreader beams, and their particular applications are studied. With equalizer beams the class participants learn, through practical exercises and lift simulation, how the load is proportionately shared between the cranes that are making the lift and how these proportions can be altered to suit the crane capabilities available by adjusting the location of the load on the beam.

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 with following a written examination.

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.

Using Wheel Chalks to prevent accidental movement of the crane is always good business.

Making the Lift

All loads must be properly rigged to prevent dislodgement of any part. Suspended loads should be securely slung and properly balanced before they are set in motion.

Students learn the procedures and precautions that must be observed whenever loads are to be handled in detail. Sample written test questions are administered following this session.

Determining Load’s Center of Gravity

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. And its importance to recognize what happens to the center of gravity of a load once the load is lifted into the air.

If rigged improperly the suspended load will tilt, or shift, until the center of gravity comes directly below the crane hook.


Pick and Carry Operations

Statistics show that the majority of craning accidents occur when the crane is either improperly set up prior to making a lift or traveling the crane on the job site with or without a load. This session deals with all the rules and precautions manufacturers have put into place for Pick and Carry operations. A multiple choice written examination on this topic will follow.

Boom Assembly and Disassembly Responsibilities

Every year a high number of serious injuries take place in the crane industry when workers are installing or dismantling lattice boom sections in cranes. This session covers the responsibilities of the employer. In addition to the requirement that the work must be directed by an Assembly and Disassembly Director.  Their responsibilities and the hazards of this type of operation is explored. The effect of wind speed and weather are discussed. Students complete a written examination at the end of this session.

Multiple Crane Lifts

The extra precautions, such as avoiding shock and side loading of the booms when the use of multiple cranes is necessary to make a single lift are studied. As part of the pre-lift planning, the class discovers through practical exercises how to determine when the actual load on each of the cranes will be throughout the lift process. The class also learns how the load sharing on the cranes can be altered by manipulating the lift points.

Through the study of the fundamentals of basic leverage principles, class participants discover how these principles help to explain the proportionate sharing of loads between multiple cranes involved in a single lift. Load shift calculations for tipping up or laying down of loads is also practiced. A series of multiple choice questions are administered following this session.

Critical Lifts

By way of their own copy of ASME B30.5 Safety Standards for Mobile Cranes, as well as their student handbooks, students discover and discuss all the criteria that makes a lift a “critical lift” and all the safeguards and concerns the crane operator must consider.

Effects of Sling Angles

The effect that the sling’s angle to the load has on its rated capacity is discussed and calculations made to determine actual safe working loads. 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 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 classroom and hand-on demonstrations.

Certification Examination Review

During this session, participants are presented with a variety of sample load chart scenario problems, as well as general knowledge type questions to ensure our course instruction has been successful in preparing candidates for National Commission for the Certification of Crane Operators (NCCCO) Written and Practical Examinations.

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 Mobile Cranes.  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. NCCCO Mobile Crane classifications can be satisfied. 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 instruction 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.

NCCCO has no obligations to this guarantee