Qualified Signal Person


The 8hr Qualified Signal Person course is designed for construction personnel who could reasonably be expected to signal an operator and be appointed as the qualified signal person by the employer. This course is required for compliance when a signal person is assigned a new, never before had, level of responsibility.

Signal persons are used to simply be a separate set of eyes on the ground, helping the operator get the load from Point A to Point B. Now the person in this position is more accountable to help the whole crew and to ensure the load is taken along a path that minimizes risk to others and lowers the risk to the crane. Signal persons must prove they are capable of signaling by written or oral testing and by performance. A signal person is used on a construction site when either the operator or the person handling the load determines that a signal person is needed because of site-specific safety concerns. A signal person is also required when the point of operation is not in full view of the operator and/or the operator’s view is obstructed in the direction the equipment is traveling.

Course Description: The 8-hr Qualified Signal Person training is designed to fulfill the training requirements for Qualified Signal Person under the new OSHA Subpart CC- 1926.1400. The course includes discussions on different types of signals used and practical scenarios to prepare students for a practical and written examination that is administered at the end of the course.

Course Objectives

Upon completion of Qualified Signal Person training, the student will be familiar with:

  • Crane Components
  • Proper use of the ANSI hand signals
  • Crane characteristics and dynamics
  • Signal person requirements per OSHA 1926.1419-1926.1422
  • Working near power lines
  • Voice signals

*Special Note: Training will cover various crane limitations that may cause accidents, including drift, radius, boom angle, two-blocking, deflection, dynamic loading and unloading, side loading, rated capacity, quadrants and wind effects.

Additional Information

Course Length: 8 hrs

Course Required By: OSHA

CFR Reference: ASME B30.5-2007; ASME B30.3-2009; OSHA 29 CFR Part 1926-Subpart CC 

Written Exam: Written and hands-on competency will be evaluated at the end of each course. SMS requires a minimum score of 70%. Incorrectly answered questions will be reviewed with student to ensure understanding before completion of course.

Retraining: Student is responsible for retraining every 2 years.

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