Crane Operator Basics – Expanded Hands-On


The Crane Operator Basics training program follows the “Recommended Practice” that has been established by API and is intended to serve as a guide to crane operators and rigging personnel in developing maintenance practices and procedures for use in the safe operations of pedestal-mounted revolving cranes on bottom-supported offshore platforms, jack-up drilling rigs, semi-submersible drilling rigs and other types of floating drilling equipment. Conformance to the programs and practices recommended herein is intended to result in safe and efficient crane operations. Each owner, qualified operator, and qualified inspector are encouraged to follow the recommendations outlined herein, and to modify or supplement them with any practices or procedures, which are more appropriate for the type of crane to be used.

Course Objectives

Upon completion of Crane Operator Basics training, the student will be able to:

  • Recall the medical requirement(s) for crane operations
  • Recall proper operation, inspection and maintenance of offshore hydraulic crane components
  • Demonstrate hands-on proficiency in the safe operation of the crane
  • Designated personnel will be permitted to operate a crane covered by OSHA, BSEE, and USCG regulation using guidelines recommended by API-RP-2D (7th edition)
  • Demonstrate the use of proper hand signals
  • Demonstrate competency in reading a load chart

Additional Information

Course Length: 4 hours

Course Required By: BSEE, USCG

CFR Reference: API-RP-2D (7th edition)

Written Exam: Regulatory required with a minimum score of 70%. Incorrectly answered questions will be reviewed with student to ensure understanding before completion of course. Students must satisfactorily complete all performance criteria as outlined in API-RP-2D (7th edition).

Retraining: Every 4 years.


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