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Overhead Crane Operator - Level 1

Course Details

Format: Classroom and practical hands-on
Duration: 2 days
Time: 8:00 am - 4:30 pm
PPE Required: CSA approved hard hat, safety footwear, long sleeved shirts or coveralls, safety vest and gloves. 

Course Description

This 2-day interactive course teaches participants how to safely use Overhead Cranes and Rigging to make a Level 1 lift. 

Level 1 Lift:

  • Standard or Routine lift
  • Symmetrical load
  • 1 or 2 slings (or 2 leg bridle)
  • Basic rigging components
  • Single crane  with one hoist 
  • Short travel distance

Participants will receive classroom and practical instruction.

This course is the pre-requisite for Overhead Crane Operator Level 2.

Level 1 & 2 - together - provide a strong understanding of the techniques and practices required for rigging and lifting both symmetrical and non-symmetrical loads with single or dual cranes.


  • Occupational Health & Safety and Manufacturer's requirements
  • Calculating load weight
  • Understanding centre of gravity 
  • Selecting suitable lifting points
  • Inspection and rigging practices for slings, rigging hardware and below-the-hook lifting devices
  • Overhead Crane pre-operational inspection and safe operating practices 
  • Lift planning – travel route hazards, pinch points, danger zone, proper body positioning
  • Load Stability and control
  • Signalling and Tag Lines
  • Load positioning and final placement
  • Crane shut down procedures

After completing this course you will understand:

  • the principles and practices for planning and making a Level 1 lift
  • the importance of applying these principles and practices at your worksite
  • that you must get direct supervision from a competent crane operator for any lifts that you don't have enough experience to carry out 

**Job specific familiarization training and determination of competency are the sole responsibility of the Employer.

 Note: Participants are required to successfully complete a written and practical exam with a 70% passing mark

  • Members: $300.00
  • Assoc. Members: $350.00
  • Non Members: $400.00

*Prices do not include GST