Is Picker Training Mandatory?

In Alberta, many people often ask us if  “certification” equals “qualification,” and, if not, what the difference is. The main difference is the level of testing required. Qualification is done by the employer (think along the lines of competency), and may or may not involve formal testing; It is at the discretion of the employer’s qualified evaluator. Certification requires third-party testing to provide a consistent and accurate means to determine a person’s technical knowledge and hands-on skills related to the task. If you would like to know more or have more questions, such as: “Is picker training mandatory?”, or “do I have to recertify my picker operators every 3 years?”  All great questions and we get that a lot. In

Picker Operator Training

Our Light Duty Picker Training Program is Better Than Ever with Updates to Provide Your Company and Your Operators a FULL Day of Picker Training. Our head instructor is a Factory Trained, Certified Operator Light Crane Trainer Who Worked in Austria, France and the U.S.A for Palfinger Cranes. We travel the province of Alberta offering our light duty picker certification program and have received many, many compliments, reviews and return requests so you can rest assured that the information you learn from our HIAB operator training course is on point, on target and on budget! Our picker operator training program is fully compliant with ALL provincial Occupational Health and Safety standards as those are taken from the CSA standard that

Crane Operator Safety Program – COVID Update

COVID and Operator Training Changes for the Balance of ’20 and Into 2021 With all of the changes that have happened and likely the ones to come throughout the winter season, our crane operator safety program has been updated to reflect these new COVID updates. We are continuing to follow the guidelines as set by Alberta Health with respect to keeping safe distances apart. In a scenario whereby you might have 6 operators, your shop or office area needs to be able to accommodate that spacing requirement for the morning theory sessions. The afternoon practical is done in the same manner that it has always been, for example, the safety walk around, inspections and such are conducted with proper spacing

Alberta Companies Working in BC – Crane Certification Update

We are able to provide training to ALBERTA based customers doing crane work in BC. So what does that mean?  If your crane on your truck has a capacity of LESS than 5-tons initial pick capacity, and your crane has LESS than 30′ of hydraulic reach, we are able to provide you with full certification. Should your crane EXCEED these specifications, then you would be required to take a BCACS crane certification program. The whole premise is not unlike here in Alberta, if your picker lifts less than 8-tons (initial pick) and does NOT have an attached winch that is capable of a 9,000lb single line pull (similar to a carry deck type crane or other larger cranes that have

Training During COVID19

COVID19 Updates UPDATE – June 24, 2020: We have eased the requirements for use of masks and gloves for our on-site training and although we still recommend that the operators be seated 1 m apart during the morning theory as well as similar for the afternoon practical, we do follow your companies own protocols that may be in place as we transition between phased openings. Please understand, we ARE available and providing our on-site program and may at our own discretion, use masks and gloves during the training. Thank you ———————– UPDATE – May 22nd, 2020: We trust everyone that is open remains safe, diligent and as busy as one is able to at the present time. Our protocol is

HIAB type Light Duty Crane Training in Saskatchewan

HIAB Type Light Duty Picker Training in Saskatchewan It’s no secret that it’s certainly a lot quieter than it has been on the training front, however in Saskatchewan it’s actually picked up (no pun intended). Seems that businesses that are closer to the US border are seeing an uptick and that is a good thing for us and for them!   This was out in Southern Saskatchewan and while many businesses are further apart than those in Alberta, the folks are incredible and always willing to learn a thing or three!  The 1-ton crew truck are by and large, the most popular with cranes by HIAB, Palfinger, Fassi and Amco Veba the most seen and used in the west.  Hiab type