Overview of Mobile Crane Operator Certification Process

There are only five basic steps to achieving certification.


  1. Confirm Your Eligibility
  2. Register & Pay Online
  3. Take Written Exams
  4. Take Practical Exams
  5. Receive Certification
After you have confirmed your eligibility, simply click the Registration tab and the system walks you through the process. Once registered, you will take a written exam and a practical exam. It is essential to register for your written or practical exams before taking them, otherwise they will not be scored, and you will have to then register and go back to take the exams over again. After passing certification exams and meeting other requirements (payment of fees; supplying digital photo and necessary forms), candidates receive a certification card from CIC for the levels of certification completed.

The Mobile Crane Operator Candidate Handbook includes information on Eligibility and the steps and requirements for individuals applying for and taking Crane Institute Certification exams (initial and recertification). The Policies and Procedures describes the processes and the guidelines that CIC follows in administering exams and operating as a business, with oversight by the CIC Governing Committee and Advisory Board.

How Scores are Determined

Candidates who demonstrate sufficient knowledge to be certified receive passing scores.  Pass/fail scores use a process, known as "criterion-based."  That means that pre-determined "cut-off" or pass/fail scores must be reached or exceeded for a person to pass.  Scoring has no relation to the performance of other examinees.  Each person who takes an exam is scored based on their own performance. 

The minimum passing score for each written examination is 50 and the top possible score is 80.  However, CIC has created a conversion application for states that require scores be reported in terms of 100 as the top score and 70 as the minimum passing score.  Industry experts were trained and dedicated themselves in multiple work sessions to rank and prioritize the importance of each exam question.  The experts verify relevance to the job; associate questions by domain and rate each questions' importance to the job in terms of what a minimally qualified person needs to know. 

Sample Score Reports are avaible for candidates to view.

Directory of Certified Individuals

CIC maintains a Directory of Certified Individuals.  CIC makes every effort to track the data required by different state license boards, which varies in requirements across states and federal OSHA.  For candidates seeking to fulfill the OSHA requirement for nationally accredited certification and the requirements of a specific state, always check the state board for the most current requirements.   To access the directory of certified individuals, the candidate or purchaser goes to the CIC website.  With the user name and password used to register for tests, the individual is able to verify pass/fail results and tests taken and needed items, such as digital photo, to receive their certification cards.  


The CIC staff is also available at help@cicert.com or by calling 770.783.9262 to assist candidates, employers and crane boards in verifying the credentials of certified individuals.  CIC provides this service at no charge.  

Security Procedures

Candidate Security

Security procedures are mandatory to preserve and protect personal civil rights, business property rights, and the public trust. Candidates must bring the confirmation email that confirms the candidate’s exam date, location, and Candidate ID on the day of the exam and meet the requirements for Eligibility for Certification.

Exam Security

Candidates should not bring, or expect to store, bags and personal items not permitted in the exam area. Items not permitted include cameras, scan or transmitting equipment, cell phones, pagers, beepers, books and paper.

Candidates may not use or bring their own calculators to the exam area. Crane Institute Certification provides calculators that perform only basic math functions and are used only for supplemental exams. Since other types of calculators may pose a security risk, only the calculators provided, at no charge, by Crane Institute Certification are permissible.
Candidates are required to sign the Exam Security Agreement before taking any Written Exam.