Qualified Crane Signaler

Course Introduction

OSHA’s Crane and Derricks standard (1926.1700- Subpart CC) requires all riggers to be “Qualified”; and crane signalers to be “trained”. Safety Links has developed two separate 4-hour classes for “Qualified Rigger” and “Qualified Crane Signaler”.

These courses meet or exceed the knowledge requirements for Qualified Riggers, as defined by 1926.1401, and Qualified Crane Signaling personnel, as per 1926.1428

After completing our hands on crane signaler course you will be able to effectively communicate with crane operators.

Course Description

The Safety Links qualified signaler course is designed for both crane operators and personnel responsible for the safe operation and signaling of all types of cranes and hoists. 

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) requires training and qualification for anyone who is in the position of signaling Cranes and Derricks in Construction.

The Safety Links Crane Signaler course is designed according to the requirements of the Crane & Derrick Standard Subpart CC (Section 1926.1419-1422; 1926.1428) for signal person qualifications.

Like all of our courses, this course can be conducted at your facility or at ours and can be adapted to your specific needs.

This course includes both classroom and hands-on training on the following qualification requirements:

  • Know and understand the type of signals used.
  • Be competent in the application of the type of signals used.
  • Have a basic understanding of equipment operation and limitations, including the crane dynamics involved in swinging and stopping loads and boom deflection from hoisting loads.
  • Know and understand the relevant requirement standards and regulations.
  • Demonstrate that he/she meets the requirements through an oral or written test, and through a practical test.

Crane Signaler Course Objectives

The Crane Signal Person must be able to:

  • Provide a general overview of crane operations and limitations
  • Describe and demonstrate the standard crane hand signals
  • Explain and demonstrate the correct use of voice signal communication
  • Explain the use of non-standard and new signals
  • Describe the basic safety practices for a crane signal person


In order to complete the class you must:

  • Successfully participate in all hands on activities, including a number of hands on practical exercises.
  • You must also complete a 25 question final examination with a score of at least 80%.


  • Q.What will you get after the course?

    A.Upon successful course completion of the course you will receive a hard plastic (driver license style) wallet card stating that you have met the requirements for crane signalers per 1926.1428.

  • Q.Who does the OSHA Crane & Derrick standard primarily affect?

    A.It requires operators of most cranes above 2,000 pounds capacity when used in construction to be either certified by an accredited crane operator testing organization or qualified through an audited employer program. It also requires a “Qualified” rigger and “trained “signal people.

  • Q.When is a signal person required?

    A.A signal person is required when:

    -The point of operation is not in full view of the operator
    -The operator’s view is obstructed in the direction the equipment is traveling
    -Either the operator or the person handling the load determines that a signal person is -needed because of site-specific safety concerns

  • Q.What does a signal person need to know?

    A.The signal person is considered qualified if he or she:

    -Knows and understands the type of signals used at the worksite
    -Is competent in using these signals
    -Understands the operations and limitations of the equipment including the crane dynamics involved in swinging, raising, lowering and stopping loads and in boom deflection from hoisting loads
    -Knows and understands the relevant signal person qualification requirements specified in subpart CC (1926,1419-1926.1422; 1926.1428)
    -Passes an oral or written test and a practical test.

  • Q.What are your options to ensure that a signal person is qualified?

    A.You have two options to ensure your signal people are qualified:

    Option 1: Third party qualified evaluator. The signal person has documentation from a third party qualified evaluator showing that he or she meets the qualification requirements.

    Option 2: Employer’s qualified evaluator (not a third party). The employer’s qualified evaluator assesses the individual, determines the individual meets the qualification requirements, and provides documentation of that determination. Of course this assessment may not be relied on by other employers so the employee’s training is not transferable.

  • Q.Does Safety Links provide crane operator training?

    A.No, we do not certify or train crane operators. We recommend that all crane operators be certified by an organization who is accredited by NCCCO – National Commission for the Certification of Crane Operators – www.nccco.org or NCCER – National Center for Construction Education and Research – www.nccer.org