Should it be mandatory to get qualifications for operating mobile cranes anywhere?. In fact it should be… at least advisable. In most of occidental countries, the operator needs recognized qualifications to drive and operate a mobile crane. Similar to the mobile crane NVQ (National Vocational Qualification) in the UK, it is likely to find an equivalent assessment all over the world, but in some countries this code of practice is relatively new. In Spain for example, the official requirement to pass an exam (mobile crane test questions and answers) to get your mobile crane nvq (carnet de gruísta) is less than ten years old!
But who should run the mobile crane operator certification exam?, who should design the test questions and the right answers? and who is prepared for hiring, training and supervising mobile crane apprentice jobs?. It’s self evident than only experts in heavy lifting can be qualified to plan and organize such an specific training. There are basically two options for a mobile crane operator to pass an exam in order to get his approval and qualifications:
- Specific National & Regional organizations.
- Certified & Registered Mobile Crane Rental companies
In the first case we have several examples like the NCCCO and the NCCER in the USA, the BCACS in Canada, the CITB in the UK, NZQA in New Zealand, etc. In the second place, the globally recognized training for mobile crane operator qualifications, is run by certified crane rental companies worldwide. They can of course provide real mobile crane apprentice jobs training (not just simulations), the best code of practice, test questions training, and in summarize, the best posible preparation for the mobile crane exam. They have undoubtedly the most experience operator trainers and the best equipment to get trained with.
Regardless the operator is being prepared and gets his nvq approval, either at one recognized national organization or at one mobile crane rental company, he must show a competence based qualification which is achieved through normal work based activity. It’s not just to get the right answers for the mobile crane questions during his exam, or to just understand hand signals, but the candidate must build a professional profile to show he has the necessary skills, knowledge, ability, training and experience required to perform the role safely. It means he has to follow national safety guides & rules (Health and Safety specific code of practice), apart from getting a full knowledge of the mobile crane operation and the best answers for the test questions.
The National mobile crane code of practice and the national recognized qualifications (nvq) for lifting personnel and operators, are the both designed to assist with completing a task or tasks safely. In fact they are the official guidelines to get the safety operation in this lifting industry under control. No matter if the candidate answers mobile crane test questions successfully, a later close supervision is required. To that end, the first apprentice jobs are crucial to check his development. Nobody can start working at the job site under a big pressure and responsibility, without a serious training starting period and at this stage mobile crane apprentice jobs may be the best chance to check and test the operator/ slinger – signaler (hand signals)/ lift supervisor, etc, professional skills. Furthermore, all the safety rules & recommendations in accordance with the local mobile crane code of practice, must be part of the lifting specialist background so, he should demonstrate all this knowledge, every time he plans and perform pre-operational inspections, and move and stabilize the mobile crane, even over the period he is working on apprentice jobs, specially over this first stage.