following is an outline of the practical
testing procedure, as provided to
candidates at the time of testing.
INFORMATION AND INSTRUCTIONS
The following sections describe the
specific tasks you will be performing
when taking the practical examination.
It is important that candidate's understand
these instructions. If there is anything
you do not understand, please request
clarification from the Examiner.
The Four Tasks are:
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is also a Pre-Test Briefing and a
Pre-Test Familiarization Period. Candidate's
will be required to complete all phases
of the test in sequence.
candidate must report to the test
site at the scheduled time. Candidate's
are required to bring personal protective
equipment to wear during the test
including as a minimum: hard hat,
work boots, and suitable work clothing.
Test Site Coordinator is responsible
for setting the testing schedule.
If you are familiar with the operation
of the test crane, you may elect to
test first to allow other candidates
time to review the operator’s
manuals and load charts. Otherwise,
selection shall be by random drawing
or by assignment of the Test Site
the practical examination, you are
under the direction of the Examiner
and must follow the Examiner’s
directions at all times.
you have completed all of the tests
you are taking, you must leave the
testing area. Only personnel involved
in the administration of the test
are allowed in the test area.
Task 1, Task 2, Task 3 and Task 4
an “optimum” time limit
has been set. If the task is completed
within this time period, you receive
no time penalty.
Once you exceed this time limit, you will lose points on a gradual basis. If you take one and a half times as long as the optimum time, you will have lost all the points allotted to that particular task. The “optimum” time for each task is stated as part of the task descriptions. At two times the optimum time the Examiner will end the task.
you are waiting to take your test
you will have sufficient time to read
this description of the tasks be performed
and review the operator’s manuals
for the crane you will operate. In
addition, you will be informed of
the make and model the crane, the
boom length and the weight of the
test load. You will also watch a short
video showing all the tasks you will
be required to perform during the
- None of the target
points have been placed at any point
that exceeds the crane's rated capacity.
at any time during the Pre-Test Familiarization
Period or during the test, you commit
an “unsafe” act, you will
be disqualified from continuing with
the test. Unsafe
acts include but are not limited to the following:
- Dropping the load hook, block, or Test Weight (on ground)
- Contacting load or load line with pendant or pendant line
- Uncontrolled or reckless operation
- Failure to respond to a stop signal
- Contacting an obstruction with crane or Test Weight
- Load touching any part of the candidate’s body during the exam
- Engaging the upper limit switch
- Any action that in the judgment of the Examiner could endanger personnel or equipment at the Test Site
Note that you may not walk through the Right Angle Corridor at any time during the exam.
Examiner has the authority to stop
the test any time for reasons of safety
or if the Examiner determines the
candidate is attempting to circumvent
any task. Please ask the Examiner
or proctor you have questions.
you are disqualified due to an unsafe
act, your case will be reviewed by
IAI and CCO, and you will be notified
as to your eligibility for rescheduling
your practical test.
ID AND SIGNATURE
Prior to beginning the examination, the Examiner
will ask you for a government-issued
photo identification such as driver’s
Examiner will ask if you have read
the Candidate Information and Instructions
and will answer any questions you
may have. He/she will review with you the weather conditions and ask you to sign indicating that you understand the instructions for the test and that you agree with the Examiner’s assessment of the weather conditions.
WEATHER CONDITIONS AND EQUIPMENT
For outdoor tests, the Examiner will use an anemometer to check the wind speed and then will record the weather conditions on the score sheet.
The Examiner has the responsibility to determine if weather conditions or equipment problems are such that a test needs to be suspended. If the test is interrupted due to weather conditions or equipment problems, the procedure for restarting is as follows:
- You will resume the test at the beginning of the task you were performing at the time of the interruption.
- You will be entitled to a Pre-Test or Pre-Task Familiarization period before resuming the test.
- If you resume the test on a different machine, you will have the option of starting the entire test over from the beginning.
- If the testing is delayed to a different day, the test must be restarted from the beginning.
PRE-TEST FAMILIARIZATION PERIOD
- You will be allowed five minutes to familiarize yourself with the crane and to examine anything on the crane that you feel is necessary to operate it comfortably.
- You will be allowed to get the feel of the controls and run the crane through its functions. The brakes and other devices will have been set according to the crane manufacturer’s recommendation.
- You may not interfere with the test course, lift the Test Weight, or shadow the Right Angle Corridor.
- You must finish the Pre-test Familiarization Period with the load hook under control in Circle #1 within the five-minute period.
- The Examiner will notify you when there is one minute remaining.
- If you are ready in less than five minutes, you may indicate this to the Examiner.
- If, at the end of the Pre-Test Familiarization Period, you feel you are not ready to take the examination, you should notify the Examiner. You will have, in effect, disqualified yourself from taking the examination at this time, and you will be required to sign to that effect on the Candidate Score Sheet.
- You may not walk through the test course at any time during any task.
1: TRUE VERTICAL LIFT
Optimum Time — 2:00 minutes (2:15 minutes for cab-operated cranes with a cab floor higher than 25 ft.)
- At the Examiner’s indication to start, at which point timing begins, raise the load hook to clear all obstacles and personnel.
- Bring the load hook from Circle #1 to the Test Weight Circle so that the hook is under control and directly over the center of the Test Weight. You are not allowed to adjust the position of the hook after the Test Weight rigging is attached.
- When you are ready, indicate to the Proctor to attach the Test Weight rigging. Timing ends once the candidate has verbally indicated that the Test Weight should be connected to the crane hook. You are not allowed to adjust the position of the hook after the rigging is attached to the Test Weight.
- At the Examiner’s indication, lift the Test Weight until the chain leaves the floor; you are not allowed to bridge or trolley once the Examiner has given the hoist signal.
- Once the Test Weight chain has left the floor, the Examiner will give you a stop signal, a lower signal, and a stop signal, in that order. You are not allowed to stop hoisting while lowering the Test Weight.
- Points are deducted for the following:
Weight touching the ground outside
of the 42" circle.
Weight touching any part of
-Stopping while lowering Test Weight
the optimum time.
2: PLACE LOAD IN CIRCLE #1
Optimum Time --- 2:30 minutes (2:45 minutes for cab-operated cranes with a cab floor higher than 25 ft.)
- At the Examiner’s indication to start, at which point timing begins, raise the suspended Test Weight and chain to a sufficient height to clear all obstacles and personnel. Bring it from its starting position in the Test Weight Circle and place it on the ground completely within Circle #1.
- The Examiner will give you the stop signal once the Test Weight is under control inside the outer perimeter of the circle.
- The task is not complete until the Test Weight is placed completely within the outside perimeter of the circle. If the Examiner does not give you a stop signal, this indicates the weight is not within the circle and the task continues to be timed.
- Points will
be deducted for the following:
the optimum time.
any part of the course.
touching ground outside of circle.
3: NEGOTIATE RIGHT ANGLE COORIDOR
Optimum Time: 4:30 minutes (4:45 minutes for cab-operated cranes with a cab floor higher than 25 ft.)
- At the Examiner’s direction to start, at which point timing begins, lift the Test Weight and guide it from Circle #1 through the Right Angle Corridor. Keep the chain on the ground until any part of the chain has touched or crossed the first line, which is located 4 ft. before the hurdle.
- Raise the Test Weight and chain over the PVC pole without touching or knocking over the horizontal pole obstruction.
- Lower the Test Weight within 4 ft. past the obstruction and before the second line, until only the chain is touching the floor.
- Move the Test Weight along the corridor to the Test Weight Circle without touching the ground with the Test Weight or touching or knocking over any part of the PVC pole barrier.
- After passing the line that is 4 ft. before the second horizontal PVC pole, raise the Test Weight and chain high enough to clear the horizontal pole obstruction and PVC pole barriers and place the Test Weight within the larger Test Weight Circle.
- Timing ends with the task completed when you have placed the Test Weight on the ground completely within the outside perimeter of the larger Test Weight Circle and the Examiner has given you a stop signal. If the Examiner has not given you a stop signal, this indicates that the Test Weight is not within the circle and the task continues to be timed.
- The Examiner will direct you in centering the Test Weight within the smaller circle before detaching the Test Weight from the hook.
- At the Examiner’s indication, move the crane hook over to the Pin Assembly in readiness for the next task.
- Points will
be deducted for the following:
ball off pole
pole base off line
leaving ground outside of designated
poles with chain off the ground
touching ground outside of circles
or knocking off horizontal bars
the optimum time
4: TROLLEY LAYDOWN
Optimum Time: 2:00 minutes (2:30 minutes for cab-operated cranes with a cab floor higher than 25 ft.)
- At the Examiner’s direction, position the Chain-and-Ring assembly directly over the pin.
- The Examiner will then position the chain before beginning Task 4.
- At the Examiner’s indication to start, at which point timing begins, lay down the master links within the targets.
- The Examiner will say “Go” when the master links are down and stable, inside or outside the targets.
- Do not apply excessive side-load pressure that will pop the ring off the pin.
- Timing ends when the last set of master links has been placed within the third target and is under control.
- At the Examiner’s direction, bring the load hook to Circle #1 in readiness for the next candidate.
- Remain in the cab or at the operator’s station until the Examiner gives you a clear indication that you may leave.
- Return all controls to neutral position and de-energize the runway disconnect or depress the emergency stop button on pendant or remote control units before leaving.
- Points will
be deducted for the following:
links missing target
pops off pin
the optimum time
POST TEST PROCEDURES
Once you have completed the practical
- The Examiner
will record your performance.
- The Examiner is
not permitted to review your score
sheet or discuss your performance
on the test.
- Exam results will
be mailed to you within approximately
twelve (12) working days of International
Assessment Institute’s receipt
of the score sheet.
- For tests on
any other cranes you have made formal
application to test on, return to
the candidate briefing area.
- If you have completed
all of your tests, you must leave
the test site.