Georgia, USA-based crane and rigging training provider Crane Industry Services (CIS) now offers an introductory crane, rigging, safety and operator certification class that it said provides an entry route into a career in cranes or rigging, or in related building and utilities sectors.
Aimed at the unemployed, with or without experience, the introductory classes train students for certification and initial qualifications that are recognised by the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), which regulates workplace environments in the USA. According to CIS, the course also meets USA’s Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) requirements for financial aid.
Opportunities for students, said CIS, include employer networking opportunities, the chance to learn about unions, developing rigging (connecting) signal person skills, information regarding OSHA 10 safety, virtual practice on a CM Labs Vortex crane simulator, and an introduction to craft skills.
“This programme is for those who either don’t have a job or have one but are interested in the great careers available in construction, utilities, ports and other crane and rigging related work,” said Noel Whelchel, trainer and inspector at CIS. “By completing the programme, individuals starting at any skill level can make themselves marketable with the certifications achieved through the programme.”