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All-Terrain Crane Training & Certification

Hard Hat Training courses meet all training requirements set by OSHA and Canada.


We Offer Three Types of All-Terrain Crane Safety Trainings

Our regulation-aligned All-Terrain Crane certification courses are updated to reflect the most recent changes made to safety standards. Whether you want a certification in as little as two hours, or a more robust training, we can help! We offer online trainings that can be completed in a day, DIY training kits that provide training materials, Train the Trainer certifications that certify individuals to train others and provide training materials, or onsite training. No matter what you choose, we can get you what you want, at a price you can afford.

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Online Training

Online training is for those who prefer self-paced training from any location and/or for employers who need to assign and monitor employee training progress and exam scores.

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Training Kits

The training kit is for those who want the freedom of doing the training themselves. It is an PowerPoint Presentation (PPT) that you can present yourself to a group of trainees.

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Train the Trainer

Train the Trainer courses are online and meant to certify a individual to use the training kit to train others. Training kit and materials are included with the Train the Trainer online course for no additional cost.

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What’s in the All-Terrain Crane Training Course?

Our All-Terrain Crane safety training course is OSHA Aligned, and our online version fulfills OSHA’s classroom training requirement. Each class contains sections on anatomy and components, stability principles, rigging considerations, safe operations, common hazards, and more.

In this training, we look at the anatomy and functions of all-terrain cranes in general, focusing on components examined during pre-shift inspections. We also discuss crane operation and stability principles, addressing why you should know your truck’s capabilities and work within those limits. We will also teach you about load charts and how to properly utilize them.

The course also covers the safety considerations for operating a crane, including proper setup and rigging principles. It also reviews some of the common crane hand signals that can help you ensure good communication on the job site. Finally, it covers the more common hazards involving all-terrain cranes, as well as how to recognize, avoid, or minimize them. We will also present a few case studies to help illustrate these points.

This presentation includes intermittent practice quiz questions to prepare for the final written exam included with the course. In addition to the written exam, this course also includes a checklist for employers to use when administering a practical exam as required by regulations.


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For most courses, we offer OSHA trainings in English and Spanish, CAL/OSHA trainings in English, and Canada trainings in English. See all of our options!

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All-Terrain Crane Certification Standards

U.S. Standards

  • 29 CFR 1926.180 – Crawler, Locomotive, and Truck Cranes
  • 29 CFR 1926.1400 – Cranes and Derricks
  • ASME B30.5 – Mobile and Locomotive Cranes
  • ASME B30.22 – Articulating Boom Cranes
  • Canada Standards

  • CAN/CSA-Z150-11 – Safety Code on Mobile Cranes
  • CAN/SCA-Z150.3-11 – Safety Code on Articulating Boom Cranes
  • CAN/CSA-C22.2 – Safety Code for Material Hoists
  • ISO 16715:2014 – Hand Signals Used with Cranes
  • AMSE/ANSI B30.1-296 – Cranes, Slings, Below-the-Hook Lifting Devices
  • ASME/ANSI B30.5 – Mobile & Locomotive Cranes
  • ASME/ANSI B30.22 – Articulating Boom Cranes

    Train the Trainer Certification

    The Train the Trainer option is used to certify a trainer to teach others using the included training kit. It incorporates the online course with an additional train the trainer module, as well as the training kit. This option results in an regulation-aligned lifetime trainer certification from Hard Hat Training. This certification is not company-specific, meaning you can take it with you should you change employers.

    Why Do I Need All-Terrain Crane Safety Training?

    In line with regulations, anyone who operates all-terrain cranes must receive training prior to operating on their own. Requirements for refresher training related to forklifts or other processes are very specific. Most other equipment doesn’t have such specific requirements, but it’s wise to follow the same guidelines.

    When it comes to refresher training, the standards in some instances (like forklifts) are very specific: operators must be re-evaluated every three years to see if they are still competent to operate the equipment. Best practices say to apply this same rule to all types of equipment. A so-called “free-pass” cannot be awarded based on experience, age, or time on the job. The extent of the evaluation is to be determined by the employer but should include a written and practical examination that proves continued competency.

    Stay Informed On All Things All-Terrain Crane

    Did You Know?

    From 2011 to 2015, about 220 people died in crane-related accidents per year. Of those deaths, 40 of them occurred in Texas, the most in any state in the US.

    About 27% of workers killed during that five year period of time were killed by objects falling from the crane (Source: BLS).


    Frequently Asked Questions

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    How many axles does an all-terrain crane have?

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    All-terrain cranes can have up to nine axles, each of which can carry up to 12 tons.

    How much can an all-terrain crane lift?

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    They can lift up to 1,200 tons.

    How many different types of cranes are there?

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    There are seven different types of cranes that can be found on the worksite:

    • Telescopic crane
    • Mobile cranes
    • Truck mounted cranes
    • Rough terrain cranes
    • Overhead cranes
    • Loader cranes


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    For most courses, we offer OSHA trainings in English and Spanish, CAL/OSHA trainings in English, and Canada trainings in English. See all of our options!

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