FAQ’s

Yes, the owner of Liberty Crane School has been in the crane and rigging business for over 30 years. The staff has a combined experience level of over 60 years. We have certified and qualified people teaching every program we offer. “We only teach what we know.”

No, the Crane School is a basic program with set curriculum. Custom classes can be found through Liberty Crane & Rigging Consultants.

Several ways: click on the class you want to go to on the calendar from your computer or phone. Or while you have your phone in your hand give us a call at 623.332.2184

Depending on who you talk to the opinions on Qualified vs Certified vary. Our safety culture has been led to believe that certified is better or greater than qualified. We don’t agree with this in all instances. It is true that OSHA does mandate some certifications and qualifications in the crane industry. Most often we’re asked if we certify riggers. We do. But… we also perform qualification classes. If done correctly a qualification training program is far more effective than a certified one.

Here is what this means:

OSHA says all employees need to be qualified to perform a specific task. In the construction crane world, they go a little further.

Under 1926.1401 (definitions) Qualified person means a person who, by the possession of a recognized degree, certificate, or professional standing, or who by extensive knowledge, training and experience, successfully demonstrated the ability to solve/resolve problems relating to the subject matter, the work, or the project.

So, in the simplest language, qualified means an individual has been trained and legitimately knows what he or she is doing for the job or the task.

Also Under 1926.1401 (definitions), Qualified rigger is a rigger who meets the criteria for a qualified person.

So how does one become qualified? Proper training. Don’t just look in a book. A rigger needs to understand how to hook something up and pick it up. The same goes for a signal person. To actually understand crane dynamics you need to see and feel crane dynamics and signal an actual crane.

Certified is not so straight forward.
For an entity to be able to certify they must be nationally recognized.

Under 1926.1401 (definitions) Nationally recognized accrediting agency is an organization that, due to its independence and expertise, is widely recognized as competent to accredit testing organizations. Examples of such accrediting agencies include, but are not limited to, the National Commission for Certifying Agencies and the American National Standards Institute.

For Certifications, we use the National Commission for the Certifications of Crane Operators (NCCCO). The NCCCO is the oldest crane and rigging certification entity in the US. They have mobile and overhead crane certifications as well as rigger and signal person certifications.

The real issue with a rigger or signal person certification is that it is not specialized. It is a great place for a rigger or signal person to start, but we think the qualification for a specific job or company is better. Qualification belongs to the company that provided it and is not portable, the certification belongs to the individual much like a driver’s license and is portable.

No, the Crane School classes are stand-alone classes at different times. These courses are designed to build on each other consecutively.

No, the school is taught at our location utilizing our cranes. As Liberty Crane & Rigging Consultants, regularly fly around the nation teaching, certifying & qualifying various companies & individuals but the Crane School is here in Phoenix, AZ.

Liberty is in the great state of Arizona. Specifically, our office and training center is in Phoenix. If you come out here for training in the summer, you need to understand it gets a little warm out here from May to September.

We do offer discounts for consecutive classes and in some other circumstances. Please call for details.

The goal of the school is to achieve Mobile Crane, Rigger and Signal Person Certifications through the National Commission for the Certification of Crane Operators (NCCCO). The courses include an introduction to the construction trades and Forklift Qualification.

A Certification is valid for 5 years. Don’t wait until the last minute to get recertified. You can recertify anytime after your 4th year and you will not lose any time. Your new certification will start when your old one expires. Qualifications don’t expire. To prove continued qualification, we recommend refresher training every 3 years.

Certification vs Qualification depends on your industry and the task you are performing. Look over the previous FAQ’s and if you don’t find the answer you’re looking for just give us a call at 623.332.2184

Under the OSHA crane law if training is required the employer must pay for it. However, in most cases, the School is for individuals just entering the construction field.

Training classes and fees vary depending on the class(es) and duration. For a specific price or proposal give us a call or send us an email.

We accept American Express, Visa, Discover and Master Card. For approved open accounts, we also accept hard-copy purchase orders.

Call us for details. Since each class is specific to the training provided we can provide an individualized price quote. Generally at the time of scheduling.