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Washington Crane School FAQ's

Can you guarantee the candidate will pass after your training class?

After passing the tests which type of cranes will I be certified to operate?

What makes Washington Crane School different from the rest?

Does Washington Crane School offer job placement?

What happens if I do not pass? Do I Have to do everything over again?

When will I receive the results of the tests results of my tests?

When must I be signed up for the crane operator certification testing?

Who administers the national crane operator certification tests?

What is all included in Washington Crane School’s national crane operator certification training program?

Some national crane operator certification programs take much longer than 3 days. If I am not an experienced crane operator, will I need a longer class?

How often does Washington Crane School conduct crane operator certification training classes?

What kind of cranes does Washington Crane School use for the crane operator certification practical exams?

When shopping for a crane operator certification training company what should I ask them?

How many crane operator certification classes have you conducted?

How many of your candidates pass there crane operator certification written tests the first time?

How long is your crane-training course?


Can you guarantee the candidate will pass after your training class?
When asking about a guarantee be careful to read the fine print. There are companies out there that will just guarantee that if you fail the tests after their certification training class they will not charge you to take the test over again at their facility this is often referred to as a "sitting fee" no certification testing fees, or class is included.

If the company can not back up the quality of their crane operator certification training program with a legitimate guarantee, the quality of their product is evident.

After passing the tests which type of cranes will I be certified to operate?

Many states, and companies, &  employers are starting to require their crane operators to become certified by an accredited entity on the specific type crane they will operate. When referring to “Hydraulic” or “Telescopic” boom cranes, the term “specific type crane” was previously separated by tonnage. Less than 17.5 ton was the small telescopic boom crane and more than 17.5 ton was the large telescopic boom crane in August of 2006 this was changed.
Now the tonnage of a crane is no longer a factor. Small telescopic boom crane is now referred to as a “Fixed Cab” (operators station does not swing with the boom) and a large telescopic boom crane is referred to as a “Swing Cab” (operators station or cab swings with the boom)

Washington requires crane operators to have a minimum number of hours of crane operating experience and crane related experience.


What makes Washington Crane School different from the rest?

At Washington Crane School we do not just teach test preparation, we get candidates to understand the principles of crane operation. This is what makes California Crane School so effective in getting candidates to meet the Washington State and the National Crane Operator Certification standard. Washington Crane School takes a motivational and fun approach to the crane operator certification process, which results in some of the highest if not the highest pass rates on the written tests in the country. Washington Crane School's training team has conducted hundreds of classes around the country with thousands of candidates passing their written tests the first time around. Anyone can teach a boring ineffective crane safety class, we get you to pass (safety included) Guaranteed


I have never operated a crane before and I want to become a certified crane operator. Can Washington Crane School help me get certified?

First you need to remember "certified" is often misinterpreted by many as "Qualified." No school will ever take the place of real world experience, but we can help you get that certification card in your pocket so you can get the opportunity to work in the field. Sometimes the less a candidate knows about cranes the better they will do on the written tests. The reason for this is; candidates that have been operating cranes for years learned things a different way than the books want them to do it. This makes it more difficult for them to unlearn their ways and learn to do it by the book. This is what they are tested on with the crane certification exams. If you have never operated a crane before we probably could not turn you into a super duper crane operator in 3 days. However, if you need to get certified, you come to the right place. If a candidate can add, subtract, and speaks English, we can easily get them passed the written tests the first time. If the candidate speaks English as a second language, we can also make it happen as we have done for hundreds of English as second language candidates. As far as the practical exams go, if a candidate knows how to stop the load or hook from swinging, with a few pointers they can typically pass the practical exams. If not, they need to get some time on a crane. If no cranes are available to the candidate, our cranes are available at a cost of $100 per hour with an instructor. We can typically get a candidate who has never been on a crane through the practical test in less than 2 hours to pass the practical exams. This class is never meant to replace years of experience in the field or an 8400 hour apprenticeship program. The purpose of this program is to get that certification card in your pocket. Washington Crane School does not write the standards of what a crane operator should know, we are just the most effective program that gets candidates to meet the certification requirements. Our customer reviews say it all.

Does Washington Crane School offer job placement?

Many of our candidates which pay their own fees, (not paid by their employer) we can refer to companies that contact us and indicate they are looking for certified candidates. If one does good in the class and has a good attitude we love to help our candidates and employers out. If a candidate has a bad attitude or does not do good in the class he is on his own. We have helped many of our candidates get out in the crane field.


What happens if I do not pass? Do I Have to do everything over again?

No. For instance if a candidate was to fail 1 specialty written test, the testing company would charge the candidate $65 to retest. It the candidate was to fail any other specialty exams, the testing company would charge $10 for each additional exam, and if the candidate was to fail the core test, the testing company would charge $165. Washington Crane School does not charge for any candidates who come back for retesting to attend the class or to sit in on the written test. If the candidate was to fail a practical exam, Washington Crane School charges $250 to retest; this price includes the testing fees to IAI the testing company. Washington Crane School Pricing


When will I receive the results of the tests results of my tests?

The testing company International Assessment Institute (IAI) typically takes 2 – 3 weeks to send the candidates the results of their written tests and about 3 – 5 weeks to send candidates the results of their practical tests. If your results have not come in by that time you should call
International Assessment Institute at (727) 449-8525.


When must I be signed up for the crane operator certification testing?

Candidates must be signed up 2 weeks in advance to take the crane operator certification written tests. Or the certification testing company IAI will charge a $50 late fee (no proceeds from late or incomplete fees go to Washington Crane School). Candidates must be signed up for the written tests at least one week in advance or the IAI will no allow them to take the crane certification tests. Candidate wishing to take only the practical exam can call Washington Crane School at (888) 967-PASS (7277) and schedule this at any time. All crane certification paperwork including candidate’s photo is done on site.


Who administers the national crane operator certification tests?

An independent contractor hired by International Assessment Institute (IAI) administers the crane operator certification written tests, and an accredited practical examiner administrates the crane operator certification practical tests. Washington Crane School coordinates this process to all take place within the 3 day period of our scheduled crane operator certification training classes.


What is all included in Washington Crane School’s national crane operator certification training program?

Washington Crane School crane operator certification training program includes a written preparation training class guaranteed to get candidates to pass the crane operator certification written tests and the opportunity for candidates to take their practical exams on each telescopic crane type (swing & fixed cab telescopic boom crane). The price also includes all the applicable written & practical testing fees to the testing company which total $225. We do not believe misleading our customers with hidden fees. Price does not include any late or incomplete fees the testing company may charge.

Total crane operator training and certification package $1795


Some national crane operator certification programs take much longer than 3 days. If I am not an experienced crane operator, will I need a longer class?

Washington Crane School's training team invented the 3 consecutive day crane operator certification program. From hundreds of classes worth of experience we understand how long it takes for people to pass the crane operator certification written exams and take their crane operator certification practical tests. If a class is shorter it is usually not enough to get a candidate through the crane certification exams. If a class is longer this probably means they have time to get into war stories of how big the load was that you lifted, or how much boom you have operated with. As much as we would love to discuss these kinds of things in class we do not set aside time for it.

Remember "certified" is often misinterpreted by many as "Qualified." No school will ever take the place of real world crane operator training and experience, but we can help you get that certification card in your pocket so you can be given the opportunity to learn and work in the field by receiving your National Crane Operator Certification card in your pocket.

Washington Crane School guarantees you pass the national crane operator certification written tests after our class or the next class with us is free.


How often does Washington Crane School conduct crane operator certification training classes?

Washington Crane School's national crane operator training classes take place monthly in the Seattle/Tacoma area. We also conduct many private crane certification classes throughout the month. For information on private classes call
Washington Crane School at (888) 957-PASS (7277)


What kind of cranes does Washington Crane School use for the crane operator certification practical exams?

For our crane operator certification practical exams in Washington we use a National 600B boom truck which covers the certification test for the small telescopic boom crane (fixed cab). For the large telescopic boom crane (swing cab) certification we utilize a Hitachi UR-50CH crane which only has 27' of boom this is officially the shortest boom Swing cab crane that has had cad drawings issued for it by the National Crane Operator Certification Testing Agency. Which results in what we believe makes it easier to pass on than any other crane in the country.


When shopping for a crane operator certification training company what should I ask them?


How many crane operator certification classes have you conducted?
Washington Crane School's training team has conducted hundreds of classes for thousands of crane operator certification candidates nationwide with some of the highest pass rates in the country.


How many of your candidates pass there crane operator certification written tests the first time?
Many companies will falsely advertise pass rates in the high 90%.The truth is statistics show that more than 50% of the candidates that take the crane operator certification written tests fail the first time around. However, our training team has experienced many 100% pass rates for many of our crane operator certification classes. This is why we are able to offer our guarantee that if you do not pass you can come back to our class free until you pass. If our pass rates were not the highest in the national crane operator certification business our class would be full of retest students and we would not be in business. This is why many crane operator certification training companies will not offer this guarantee.


How long is your crane-training course?
Washington Crane School's program is a total of 3 days

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