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Pinnacle Training Solutions has partnered with Northwest Iowa Community College to help meet the workforce needs of area companies. Through the partnership students are able to gain the knowledge and education to successfully operate various types of equipment. The training options are; mobile cranes, forklifts, aerial lifts, articulating/knuckle boom cranes, or rigging and signalpersons qualification.

The partnership has resulted in a successful Certified Crane Operator Training program. During the program participants will have a mixture of classroom and hands-on training to become a certified crane operator based upon the National Commission for the Certification of Crane Operators (NCCCO) standards. Participants will become qualified in Rigging and Signaling as well as take the written and practical exams for operator certification. Upon completing the course and passing all required exams students will have all necessary NCCCO certifications to begin a crane operator career.

The classroom portion (30%) of the program focuses on the necessary information to successfully pass the NCCCO written exam. Students will be taught all necessary information dealing with ANSI, OSHA & ASME standards, along with any and all manufactures procedures and recommendations. They will be taught the proper pre-operation inspections, be able to recognize potential hazards with the equipment and on jobsites, emergency shutdown procedures along with normal shutdown procedures. The students will also be taught how to communicate with superintendents/foremen, company owners, emergency personal, and anyone else they would deal with on a daily basis.

The lab/hands on portion (70%) of the program focuses on the necessary skills to successfully pass the NCCCO practical exam. This ensures the students the opportunity to get hands-on experience. Students will be shown what to look for when performing pre-operation inspections, correct procedures when setting up the equipment, how to safely operate the equipment and proper shutdown procedures. The students will also practice the maneuvers required to pass the practical exam.


  • Mobile Cranes
  • Forklifts
  • Aerial Lifts
  • Articulating/Knuckle Boom Cranes
  • Rigging and Signal Person Qualication