Crane Training Courses

Crane Training Courses that Suit Your Needs

A wide range of cranes exisit, all with there own features to aid employees with material handling. All our crane training is completed to ABA standards. No matter if you’re a small business, construction site, factory or a warehouse, provided you have a crane on-site, MHE Services have your back.

Crane courses can only be done on site and not at our Barnsley training centre.  All courses are accredited through AITT, RTITB or ITSSAR.

The duration and maximum delegates per course will depend on two main factors:

  • Truck Type (lorry loader, pendant over head crane, remote over head crane, HIAB etc – see below)
  • Course Type (refresher, experienced, novice or conversion)
  • Restrictions (no slinging)

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Course Content

The content of crane training will vary depending on the crane. Below is a look at what is usually included on all types of material handling equipment:

  • Legislation and responsibilites
  • Operators safety code
  • Pre-use checks
  • Component parts
  • Basic training (including basic slinging)
  • Statutory requirements
  • Basic lifting plans

Different Course Types

The type of crane course that you require, will depend on the experience of the crane operator. Below you can see the different courses available based on the level of experience.


A novice crane course is for operators with no experience using a crane or has been using one with no training previously for less than 6 months.


To qualify for a refresher crane course, the operator must have completed an accredited crane course in the last 3 to 5 years. Certificates will be required as proof.


Some crane operators may have previously been trained in-house or has been using the crane without any training. Therefore an experienced crane course would be for them. Minimum of 6 months experience is required.

Course Restrictions

When delivering training on your site, it may be that you have restrictions that result in an element of training not being included. The following are restrictions that may be present:

  • No slinging

Please make us aware if the above restriction applies to your premises. The length of your course may be altered due to this and any certificates achieved will show any restrictions.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is a crane license?

There actually is no such thing as a crane license, it’s just a phrase that is commonly used. Instead it is a certification that can be accredited or non-accredited. Some training providers will provide a printed certificate in the shape of a driving license, therefore where the term crane license came from.

What do I need after my certificate is over 3 to 5 years old?

You will be required to go do a refresher course, which usually lasts 1/2 to 1 day depending on the amount of delegates on the course.

Do I have to do a test?

Yes. A practical and theory test is mandatory to pass on every course.

I have learning difficulties which make it hard for me to write for the theory test

All our instructors are capable of making reasonable adjustments to suit your needs. This may be them aiding you with the writing of answers as you speak them. Please inform us of any difficulties you think you may have before your course.

What’s the difference between accredited and non-accredited?

Accredited training is completed to ABA standards and follows an internal and external auditing process. Whereas non-accredited has no set standards. Therefore in the eyes of HSE, non-accredited training is frowned upon, due to this. Additonal to this, most companies will only accept accredited training to prove crane operator competence.

Our Accrediting Bodies

aitt accreditation
aba accrediation
ofqual accreditation
driver cpc centre

Truck Types

Overhead Crane

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