Kentucky Welding Institute



When planning your future, it is important to consider the changes that lie ahead. In 2018, OSHA mandated that all crane operators be nationally certified. Before this mandate crane operator qualification was up to the state or local laws and there was a wide variance on what qualified an operator to man a crane. Crane operators work closely with riggers and signal persons. Sometimes riggers and signal persons are standalone crafts hired for that sole purpose, but most times they are add on responsibilities of workers with a focus, like welders. If OSHA believes crane operators should be nationally certified and that rigging and signaling these heavy loads is just as important, how long before OSHA mandates that all riggers and signalers be certified as well? 

KWI can get you certified by the National Commission for the Certification of Crane Operators (NCCCO). NCCCO is one of the leading national certifying bodies in the US and KWI has the hands-on training and the practical examiners to get the rigger and signal certifications in your wallet. 

At KWI we break down the examination for you helping you understand exactly what you will need to know both in the field and for the certification. In fact, KWI has an actual crane on campus that you will train with to make that hands-on portion that much more real world.

As a rigger you will need to know the tools of the trade. KWI will have you training with shackles, synthetic web and round slings, chain slings and all rigging and hardware you will commonly find on the job. During training you will learn how to determine OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) and ASME (American Society of Mechanical Engineers) accept and reject for use parameters in order to know what is safe for use. Knowing how to apply the appropriate slings and tie the required knots will also be a skill you will have an opportunity to master. Finally, KWI will put all your knowledge to the test with scenarios designed to evaluate your ability to select and properly use rigging and hardware to suspend loads. 

During classroom time KWI instructors teach and demonstrate the content knowledge needed to make you a safe, responsible rigger and pass your NCCCO written exam.

As a signal person you will be responsible for communicating important movements to crane operators as they fly loads around the job site. Knowing the appropriate hand or voice signal is crucial in keeping the job safe and getting the load in the correct location. KWI has its own virtual training program allowing you to interact with a crane and practice all OSHA hand and voice signals. 

KWI instructors are also NCCCO practical examiners, so you will be trained by professionals that know exactly what is required both on the job and to pass the national certification exam.

The Rigger and Signal certification exams both require a written portion that tests your content knowledge.  Each test contains 60 questions and is administered with a 60-minute time limit. If you are not a test taker, rest easy. KWI’s seated classroom curriculum comes complete with paced instruction for both the rigger and signal examinations and we have digital resources available for you to view, study and practice anytime you want.  Both certifications also require a practical exam where you demonstrate your skills for rigging and signaling. The signal practical is 20 scenarios ranging from hand to voice signals. The rigger practical is a 60-minute timed examination with 4 parts: accept/reject, hitches, scenarios, and knots. 

We know you want to weld for a living and KWI is first and foremost a premier welding training institution. We are so much more though as we mold you into the complete employee that industry is seeking.  Trust us to pack your resume with American Welding Society (AWS) welding certifications and industry respected certifications like NCCCO to make you an employable welder. 

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