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Knuckle Boom Training & Certification

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


We Offer Three Types of Knuckle Boom Safety Trainings

Our regulation-aligned Knuckle Boom 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 Knuckle Boom Training Course?

Our Knuckle Boom safety training course is OSHA Aligned, and our online version fulfills OSHA’s classroom training requirement.

Training Scope: Each class contains the following information:

  • Anatomy & Components
  • Stability
  • Rigging Considerations
  • Safe Operations
  • Hazards

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 OSHA.

Estimated Training Length: Because everyone learns and progresses at different speeds, the amount of time you spend taking this training will vary. However, the estimated time for this training is 2.5 –3 hours.

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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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Knuckle Boom 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
  • CAL/OSHA Requirements

  • 1611. – Assembly/Disassembly
  • 1613. – Inspections
  • 1616. – Operations
  • 1617. – Signals
  • ASME B30.5 – Mobile and Locomotive Cranes
  • ASNE B30.22 – Articulation Boom Cranes
  • Canada Standards

  • CAN/CSA-Z150-11: Safety Code on Mobile Cranes
  • CAN/CSA-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
  • ASME/ANSI B30.1-29: Cranes, Slings, Below-the-Hook Lifting Devices
  • ASME/ANSI B30.5 – Mobile and 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 Knuckle Boom Safety Training?

    In line with OSHA requirements, anyone who operates heavy equipment must receive training prior to operating the machine on their own. OSHA 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, OSHA’s standard in some instances (like forklifts) is 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 Knuckle Boom

    Did You Know?

    The stability of a knuckle boom can be compromised by ground conditions, speed, weather, and sudden turns or stops.

    Overloading is the most common cause of tipovers.

    The tallest articulating booms stand about 300 feet tall.


    Knuckle Boom Training Frequently Asked Questions

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    How often should a knuckle boom be inspected?

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    The operator should inspect their machine at the beginning of each shift or workday.

    Is it okay to hoist personnel up using the knuckle boom?

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    It is very unsafe to do so, but is permissible if the proper safety procedures and planning are implemented beforehand.

    How can I avoid knuckle boom tipovers?

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    Know the loading capacity of the knuckle boom as well as the tipping points. Ensure the torque on the side of the crane is greater than the leverage. Also, make sure to set your outriggers before using the knuckle boom.

    Am I required to wear personal protective equipment (PPE) when operating a knuckle boom?

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    It is up to the employer to determine what PPE you are required to wear when operating a knuckle boom, but it is recommended that you wear a hard hat and reflective vest at all times.


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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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