CICB and West Coast Training form training alliance

By Alex Dahm13 January 2009

Crane Inspection & Certification Bureau in the US has formed a training alliance with West Coast Training to bring bi-monthly scheduled NCCCO certification programmes to the West Coast. West Coast Training will provide the training facility and the equipment for the practical exams and CICB will provide the NCCCO preparatory training as well as the chief examiners to facilitate the practical examinations.

The training and examination courses will begin in 2009 with the first programmes scheduled for 13-17 January 2009 and 27-31 January 2009. During the preparatory course, CICB will prepare candidates to pass the NCCCO core exam as well as the specialty exams. Training, written and practical examinations will be available for small hydraulic fixed cab cranes, large hydraulic swing cab cranes, lattice boom truck cranes and lattice boom crawler cranes.

Craig Epperson, CICB president and CEO, said, "CICB will be celebrating 40 years of providing world class training for the crane industry in 2009. West Coast Training has been providing equipment training for 50 years, and with the combined years of experience, we look forward to offering an excellent training and certification solution for candidates who wish to become NCCCO Certified Crane Operators."

Jeff Woolever at West Coast Training said, "The success of our programmes is evident in the consistently positive response our students receive from employers. A certificate of training from WCT represents a solid knowledge base, hands-on experience, and the pride that comes with being associated with an institution with a long tradition of integrity, quality training, and qualified graduates."

Crane Inspection & Certification Bureau (CICB) was founded in 1969 as the first independent agency accredited by the US Department of Labor to provide third-party inspection and certification of equipment for the crane and lifting industry. West Coast Training was founded in 1959 in Portland, Oregon, offering a heavy equipment operators programme. The crane programme was added in 1993.

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