Overhead Crane Trainer Certification

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Overhead Crane trainer certification + training kit, designed by trainers with 15+ years of onsite training experience.

  • OSHA-Authorized: Complies with all applicable OSHA Requirements and regulations.
  • Instant Access: Immediate access to the trainer's eLearning course and trainer's teaching materials.
  • Everything You Need: All the training materials needed to train a trainer & the trainer to train others. Learn More.


What’s in the Overhead Crane TTT Course?

Also called bridge cranes and hoists. Our Overhead Crane safety training course is OSHA Aligned. 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 120 – 150 min.

Intended Audience:

  • Employees
  • Supervisors

OSHA Requirements: This course meets the following OSHA Requirements:

  • 29 CFR 1910.179 – Overhead Cranes and Gantries
  • 29 CFR 1926.554 – Overhead Hoists
  • ISO 16715:2014 – Hand Signals used with Cranes
  • ASME/ANSI B30.1-29 – Cranes, Slings, Below the Hook Lifting Devices
  • ASME/ANSI B30.2 – Overhead and Gantry Cranes
  • ASME B30.11 – Monorails and Under-hung Cranes
  • ASME B30.16 – Overhead Hoists
  • SME B30.17 Overhead and Gantry Cranes

The Best Train the Trainer Program—Overhead Crane Course

What is train the trainer? Simply put, a trainer takes the online course to become more familiar with the topic and learn how to teach the required topics. This offers a thorough, cost-effective way for trainers and employers to increase their knowledge and more effectively train and/or certify their crew. Our Train the Trainer courses are designed for companies with employees who have experience with the subject matter, but simply need or want a third-party trainer certificate.

Once you have completed the Trainer Certification course and passed the exam, you will have immediate electronic access to our DIY training kit, which gives you everything you need to conduct training classes on as often as needed. These materials are reusable and customizable. We have fine-tuned our kits to provide you with the best training experience possible. They include accident profiles, videos, and other tools to help learners retain information and apply it on the job site, preventing tragic accidents or costly fines.

Train the Trainer Course Contents: Of course, every training kit is a little different. But, generally speaking, they consist of (but are not limited to) the following materials:

  • Pertinent standards and regulations
  • The customizable PowerPoint presentation
  • A quick-reference guide for learners
  • Written exams with answer keys
  • Practical evaluation checklist
  • Pre-shift inspection booklets
  • Classroom forms for proper recordkeeping
  • Full-sized certificates and wallet card templates for learners

Do take not that, while the online “trainer” portion of this course never expires, standards dictate that safety certification be completed at least once every three years (unless otherwise stated). These courses will combine with your onsite practical training to fulfill regulation's requirements for up to three years.

Remember, safety training is an investment. We’ve been providing industry-specific safety training solutions for individuals, safety managers, and business owners for over 15 years. That is why hundreds of companies and individuals all over the world trust the Hard Hat Training Series for their online training needs.


Does OSHA Require Overhead Crane Training?

Yes, OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) mandates overhead crane training for workers involved in operating or working around overhead cranes. Proper training is essential to ensure workplace safety and compliance with regulations, reducing the risk of accidents and injuries.

What Is the Difference Between a Crane and a Gantry Crane?

A crane typically refers to a machine equipped with a hoist rope, wire ropes, or chains, and sheaves that can be used both to lift and lower materials and to move them horizontally. On the other hand, a gantry crane is a type of crane similar to a bridge crane but supported by freestanding legs rather than overhead runways. Gantry cranes are often used in outdoor applications or where overhead runways are not practical.

Do I Need Training to Operate a Gantry Crane?

Yes, training is required to operate a gantry crane safely and effectively. Operating any type of crane, including gantry cranes, involves risks that can result in accidents, injuries, or damage to property if not performed correctly. Proper training ensures operators understand the equipment, its limitations, safety procedures, and regulatory requirements.


Online Overhead Crane Train the Trainer Certification Details

Becoming a trainer is ultimately an employer designation. For those who are becoming trainers on their own, you simply have to be able to justify why you are competent enough to be a trainer. Regulating organizations typically want you to have experience and training. While we travel the country certifying trainers, the online training course is an easy and cost-effective way to help employers make the designation by offering the required training.

We send our trainers all over the country training both operators and trainers. And even though OSHA does not require an overhead crane train the trainer certification (they are more interested in what topics are being trained on), many companies and individuals feel more comfortable going through the trainer program from a well-established, industry-recognized training company like us. But it doesn’t always make sense financially for companies.  That is why we’ve created the option to get certified online. If you are comfortable training and comfortable with the equipment, you can simply purchase the online trainer course, get your certificate and training kit, and start training. It is a very cost-effective way to go.

Safety training is an investment. That is why hundreds of companies and individuals all over the world trust the Hard Hat Training Series for their online training needs. Our unique online training program has been fine tuned to provide you with the best training experience possible.

What’s in the Overhead Crane Train the Trainer Course?

The online course consists of several modules, but two main sections:

  • How to Train
    • OSHA requirements
    • Trainer Responsibilities
    • Record Keeping
    • Classroom set-up
    • Using and Customizing Training Materials
  • Overhead Crane Training Kit Outline
    • Introduction
    • Anatomy
    • Rigging
    • Operations
    • Hazards
    • Conclusion
    • Final Exam

In a nutshell, the trainer will take the online training course to become more familiar with the equipment and learn how to teach the required topics. Once completed, they will gain access their certificate of completion, as well as the overhead crane training kit, which is a download file that contains all training material necessary to train your overhead crane operators, including an in-depth powerpoint presentation. See more details on the overhead crane training kit here.

How does a Train the Trainer course work? 1. Take the online trainer course at your own pace (3 hours total is typical). Quiz questions along the way prepare you for the final exam. 2. Instant access to your safety certification, wallet card, and training kit materials (to use when training others) is granted once the online trainer course is completed and the subsequent online exam passed. 3. Congratulations! You've earned your lifetime trainer certification and may train your workers whenever you need. Additional Information


Overhead Crane Train the Trainer

Overhead Crane Train the Trainer is a comprehensive course that covers trainer responsibilities and safe crane operation.

  • Every crane operator and trainer needs to be familiar with overhead crane anatomy.
  • Train the Trainer courses help individuals become effective trainers.
  • Train the Trainer courses are available online and come with helpful training kits.

What Is an Overhead Crane Used For?

Overhead cranes are known by many names, from industrial crane to overhead traveling crane. They are called such because they are generally used within a facility—such as a warehouse or a factory plant—to move large, bulky, or very heavy items overhead. These types of cranes run on tracks in order to accomplish this task.

Crane Anatomy

Overhead cranes come in many forms and styles, but their general anatomy remains the same. Below are lists of some components you should be familiar with as you work with overhead cranes.

Hoist Unit and Hook

The hoist unit is the mechanism that does the actual lifting. This unit contains either chain or wire rope with a hook at the end to attach to the item that needs to be lifted.

Bridge Beam and Columns

The bridge beam provides a path of travel for the hoist unit as it carries a load. This bridge beam generally runs the width of the overhead crane system whereas columns provide support from the sides. Columns also determine the height of the crane and the overhead clearance it has.

Control Cubicle and Unit

The control cubicle is the device that supplies power to the hoist and other components. The control unit, however, is the mechanism by which an operator can control the overhead crane. Control units can either be a radio control or a pendant control based on the manufacturer.

Power Feed System

The power feed system is how the crane gets and manages power supplies during lifting operations.

End Carriages

The crane bridge beam’s ability to move forward and backward down the runway beams is made possible by the end carriages.

Travel Motors

Travel motors are the devices that cause the crane components to move. These motors are found on the end carriages.

Runway Beams and Trolley

Runway beams are the beams the crane components travel on. The trolley unit has wheels that make movement along the runway beams easier.

What Are Overhead and Gantry Cranes?

A gantry crane is a type of smaller overhead crane; the main difference being that gantry cranes can be freestanding, which can make them portable. Just like overhead cranes, gantry cranes come in many shapes and sizes; some types of gantry cranes include:

Full Gantry Crane: Full-sized gantry cranes are the closest to a typical overhead crane; these have two freestanding legs on each side and have one track that is used to transport loads.

Semi-Gantry Crane: This design has one leg on wheels while the other side is connected to runway tracks attached to the building’s walls. Companies typically employ this type of gantry crane to save work space

Portable Gantry Crane: As the name implies, portable gantry cranes are smaller and more lightweight than other types of gantry cranes. Thus, they are used for smaller projects besides construction or industrial work.

Adjustable Gantry Crane: Similar to a portable gantry crane, adjustable gantry cranes are smaller and designed for more lightweight projects. Since they are adjustable, you can adjust the height as needed.

Crane Operator Training Objectives

Now that you have a better understanding of what an overhead crane is and what it’s used for, let’s go over what trainers need to know to better train future crane operators.

Train the Trainer Goals

Simply put, the main idea behind Train the Trainer courses is to help people become effective trainers in their respective fields. Ideally, trainers for an overhead crane course are those who have previous experience operating an overhead crane.

To meet this end, Hard Hat Training provides a specialized Train the Trainer (TTT) course option that includes a presentation on overhead crane safety principles, a specific trainer module, and a training kit complete with resources a trainer would need to teach others.

Train the Trainer Module

The Train the Trainer module will review skills and methods to help make you a better trainer, which will help create a safer workplace for everyone as each employee receives proper training.

Overhead Crane Training

The main overhead crane training presentation will cover topics such as crane anatomy, safe rigging principles, receiving training and conducting inspections, and other safe practices to follow as you operate the overhead crane around the worksite. The following will go over each topic in more depth as they would appear in the training presentation.

Crane Anatomy

As a refresher, some basic crane components you should be familiar with include the hoist units and hook, bridge beams, columns, control devices, the power feed system, runway beams, travel motors, and end carriages. Of course, there are many more components than these, but these are the main ones you should be aware of.


The majority of overhead crane operations deal with rigging; therefore, the majority of the training you receive for overhead cranes will focus on safe rigging principles. This topic explores the different types of ropes and slings you may use, as well as their pros and cons. Safe rigging principles will also review the various hooks, shackles, and bolts you may use and what type of lifting each is best suited for.

Besides understanding the different types of ropes, slings, and other hardware you would use in overhead crane lifting operations, it’s also important that you know how to use these things to rig loads properly. The rigging section will go over how to calculate the weight of a load and how to find its center of gravity, as well as different rigging angles and hitches—all to help you rig and hoist a load in optimal safety.

Know Your Crane

As you may guess, you must be certified as an overhead crane operator before you begin any kind of lifting operations. If your aim is to become an overhead crane trainer, you would still need operator certification to verify your experience.

The Know Your Crane section will also go over other things you’ll need to know and do before you operate an overhead crane. This includes donning the appropriate personal protective equipment and conducting a pre-shift inspection to make sure none of the crane’s components are damaged in any way that could put you or others in danger. This section will also cover important information you’d need to know about your overhead crane like load handling and operating capacity. Using your overhead crane to lift a load that exceeds the crane’s capacity puts yourself and your fellow coworkers in danger of serious injury if not death.

Know Your Worksite

The Know Your worksite section focuses on what you would need to know to operate safely within the workplace. This includes paying attention to where pedestrians are and making sure they are not put in danger during overhead crane lifting operations.

Another important aspect of maintaining a safe work environment is having a reliable way to communicate. Communication may be done via radio or hand signals, or both if the occasion calls for it. All employees should know how to perform the emergency stop signal and are able to give it at any time if they notice an unsafe practice during lifting operations. Besides emergency situations, there should only be one person giving hand signals to the overhead crane operator during lifting operations in order to prevent confusion or mishaps.

How Do You Inspect an Overhead Crane?

There are two types of inspections operators need to do before operating an overhead crane. The first is a visual inspection in which they go through and visually look over each crane component for damage or wear. The second inspection is an operational one; the operational inspection requires operators to test all of the crane’s controls and function to ensure everything works properly and smoothly. If at any point during these inspections something is damaged or not working properly, the crane operator needs to record it on their inspection sheet and make sure the crane is sent in for repairs. It is recommended for overhead crane operators to conduct inspections daily at the start of their shift.

How Long Do You Have To Keep Overhead Crane Inspection Records?

Different governing bodies may have different record-retention guidelines, but employers generally keep inspection records for up to seven years. It may seem cumbersome to maintain inspection records for that long, but it does provide inspectors something to look back on if an employee is injured during crane operations. Not only does this ensure a complete and thorough investigation, but it also shows that the company is OSHA Aligned.

What Types of Classes Are Available?

The Overhead Crane Train the Trainer course is offered online so that future trainers can complete their certification at their own pace and on their own time. Training kits also come with an overhead crane presentation that’s suited for in-person training.

How Long Does Trainer Certification Last?

Hard Hat Training’s Overhead Crane Train the Trainer course certifies trainers for life. In addition, this certification does not have to go through a specific company, so trainers don’t have to be retrained if they begin work with a new company.

Other Training Options:

We offer two other types of training for this course. The other training types are online training and a DIY training kits. An identical final exam and OSHA-aligned safety training certificate applies, no matter which of the three format options you choose below.

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Online Training

Our online trainings are great for those who want to learn at their own pace and on their own time. Online trainings can be completed from any location, eliminating the need for expensive seminars.

Employers can assign employees specific trainings and keep track of their progress and exam scores. We also offer group trainings, company accounts, and even bulk discounts for businesses.

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Training Kit

Our kits are the perfect resource for those who want the freedom of training employees themselves. Unlike traditional trainings that are taken once, the kit offers a complete initial training as well as activities and materials to train employees long after they’ve been certified.

These materials include practical evaluations, exams, toolbox trainings, accident profiles, ect.

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Train-the-trainer courses allow employers to take full control of the training process. Employees who take these courses are fully certified to use the training kit and train others.

This means that employers can hold training seminars and courses without the need for third-party trainers. We will also include a training presentation and materials to train others.

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USA Aligned

Our Hard Hat Training training kit materials give you everything you need to be regulation aligned. We’ve spent years fine tuning these to make sure it contains the latest requirements, safety regulations, and hazards that come with operating equipment.

Our courses are written and regularly audited to meet the applicable OSHA, EECO, HHS, STC, MSHA and more standards.To learn what standards this course meets, see the course description tab. We list all applicable standards in the standards section.

Train the trainer courses certify an employee to train others. The TTT course comes with all of the materials the trainer would need to teach their own certification course. Our training kits are completely customizable, you can add, edit or remove anything in the training program to make it fit any international safety training standards that you are needing. It only takes minutes to get the training materials ready to use.

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Online Safety Training FAQs

What does each online class cover?

Generally speaking, each course covers the following: 1. Overview of the Course/Introduction to the Equipment 2. Anatomy, including pre-shift inspections 3. Stability Principles 4. Common Hazards/Accident Profiles 5. Safe Operation 6. Rigging and Hand Signals (for crane courses only).

How long is the course?

Trainees go at their own pace, but in general each class (including the exam) takes anywhere from 2 to 2.5 hours. We recommend planning for two or more so you don’t end up rushing through the exam.

Are these courses OSHA-aligned?

All of our Hard Hat Training online courses were built and continue to be updated by our trainers and inspectors using OSHA and ANSI guidelines. But it is important to understand that by OSHA-aligned, we mean it follows to the best of our ability the best practices and safety principles put forth by OSHA. In an online format, it is not possible to cover every code for every situation or hazard across every industry. For this reason, our safety training solutions are tools to further knowledge and help employers train and/or certify their crew. But just because a course or program is OSHA-aligned it does not necessarily mean a company as a whole will be aligned or avoid citation if OSHA were to audit them. There is so much more that goes into collective company alignment with OSHA. For example, workers need to be observed applying in the field what they learned in the classroom. This observation/practical exam should be done by trainers, supervisors, or other designated competent persons. Whether you use our training kits or online courses, we provide guides to help employers do this. Other things that need to be done for ultimate alignment may include but are not limited to: addressing with your crew any gaps in the training or additional hazards or principles specific to your work situation; creating, training on, and enforcing and abiding by written safety programs (also known as plans or procedures); and performing regular inspections and risk assessments.

Are the e-learning classes up-to-date with OSHA standards?

Yes, all of our Hard Hat Training online courses are up-to-date with the latest OSHA standards. As standards change, we make changes to the courses. If you purchase any of our online courses outright, though, it will then be your responsibility to update the course in accordance with any changes to the standard.

Does this course certify or qualify me?

There is a lot of confusion among operators and even companies about what it means to be certified or qualified. Simply put, no, a course does not certify anyone, only an employer does. Or, in other words, because it is the employer’s responsibility to make sure an employee is properly trained, it is also his or her responsibility to say when the employee is “certified,” “qualified,” or “competent.” The online courses, like our training kits on CD or USB Drive or even live training via a 3rd party, is just a tool to help them in doing so.

According to OSHA, all operators of heavy equipment must receive operator training. Proper training must include a classroom portion including a written exam, as well as a practical hands-on portion/exam wherein the operator is observed operating the machine. The online course satisfies the required classroom portion of the training. Upon completion of the course and written exam, the safety administrator of the company will receive a checklist which can be used to observe the trainee on the machine. When done successfully, the administrator signs the bottom of the form. At this point, unless further training is required by your employer, you have done everything required by OSHA to be considered by your employer as “certified,” “qualified,” or “competent.”

If I pass this class and exam can I take my certification and get a job anywhere?

See “Does this course certify me?” This will depend on your employer. Remember, it is their responsibility to see that you are trained and if there is ever an accident, it is they who will have to prove to OSHA that they trained you sufficiently. Because of this, while some smaller businesses may simply accept your certificate and a copy of your test, more often than not they will require you to go through their own training program. This is their right to do so. It is their further responsibility to train you in accordance with the job, site, equipment, etc. Having said that, we have fielded many calls from potential employers who wanted to learn more about the classroom portion of the training we offered. After hearing our explanation, they accepted the online class as satisfying the classroom portion of the required training and proceeded to do their own practical.

How long is the training good for?

OSHA standards dictate that safety certification needs to be completed at least once every three years. Since no online course can provide “certification,” these courses will combine with your onsite practical training to fulfill OSHA’s requirements for up to three years. Having said that, refresher training is required sooner if an employee changes sites or jobs, is asked to operate a different type of the equipment, is involved in a near-miss or accident, or is observed operating the machine in a dangerous manner.

Will I get a certificate?

Yes, upon successful completion of the course and exam, you will have immediate electronic access to your test, a certificate, and a checklist you can use for the practical hands-on portion of the training. Simply print them off.

How many people can use this course? Can I play it for several employees at the same time?

When a course is assigned to an employee, only that employee can take the course. There are many reasons for this, but most importantly the course is designed to train that one employee per OSHA regulations. Also, there is a final written exam at the end that will be linked to the trainee assigned. OSHA requires proof of training and if multiple people were to sit in on that one course, they would not get credit for taking it.

Can I customize the classes?

Your business’s learning portal can be completely customized for your employees including colors and logo. Additionally, if you purchase our courses outright to be used on your own company LMS (learning management system), you also get the right to rebuild them and customize them to meet your own needs. If you have Adobe Captivate, which we use to build our courses, customization is even easier.

Are SCORM/Tin Can options available for use on our own company LMS?

All of our online courses are designed to be SCORM-compatible and can be easily uploaded to your company’s current SCORM-friendly LMS. You can license their use annually or purchase them outright. Licensing or purchasing them outright does not, however, give you the right to resell or distribute our courses to parties other than those whom you are training.

If we buy or license the eLearning courses for use on our own LMS, can you customize them for us?

Yes, we have done and continue to do this for clients. Pricing depends on the extent of customization requested. Please contact us for a quote.

Can I resell these trainings?

We do have resale options available. Contact us regarding resale opportunities.

How do I Look Up My OSHA Alignment Safety Certification?

So, you have already purchased a course from us, taken the online training, and passed the certifaction exam with flying colors. Now what? Most people want to print off a copy of thier OSHA Alignment Safety Certification and keep it for your records. Learn how to do that.

5 reviews for Overhead Crane Trainer Certification

  1. Elias M. (verified owner)

    It was very informative and easy to follow.

    • Hard Hat Training

      Thanks, Elias! We’re glad you found the course so informative. We do try to keep it simple yet detailed, and it sounds like you had a very positive experience with that.

  2. Heliam D. (verified owner)


    • Hard Hat Training

      Hello Heliam,

      We are glad you liked the training! Thank you for taking the time to leave us a review. Please let us know if we can help you with any other training in the future! And thanks for choosing Hard Hat Training.

  3. Mark I

    Very well put together

    • Hard Hat Training

      Thank you, Mark. We appreciate your awesome comments, and we hope that you continue to find our trainings to be well-organized.

  4. Fernando Di Rocco

    Really great course

  5. Chris

    Informative and straight to the point! Recommend this course for future trainers!

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Take the online trainer course at your own pace (3 hours total is typical). Quiz questions along the way prepare you for the final exam. Instant access to your safety certification, wallet card, and training kit materials (to use when training others) is granted once the online trainer course is completed and the subsequent online exam passed.

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