Shipbuilding / Crane Operator Training and Apprenticeships in Nova Scotia

Prerequisites

  • be at least 18 years of age
  • grade 10 math or equivalent
  • Background check  and drug screen may be required

How to become a licensed/certified Crane Operator in Nova Scotia

Step 1:  Enrol in a Government approved Crane Operating Training program.  Some training programs have apprenticeship opportunities, so be sure to ask about that option at the specific learning institution.

Step 2:  Upon completion of training, find employmentwith a shipbuilding employer (or other industry) with whom you can work as an apprentice.  Job placement is also another benefit that a trade school or training facility usually provides.

Step 3:  Begin working towards different classes of Crane Operator (CO) licenses:

  • CO 1 - mobile crane or boom truck with lift capacity > 100 tons
  • CO 2 - mobile crane of boom truck with lift capacity > 20 tons and < 100tons
  • CO 3 - mobile crane or boom truck with lift capacity < 18 tons
  • Tower Class - tower crane with no lift capacity restriction
  • Self-erecting Class - self-erecting crane with lift capacity < 144.3 feet ton
  • Overhead Travelling Class - overhead crane with no lft capacity restrictions

Step 4:  Apply for Certificate of Competency.  The requirements for each class of license is as follows:

  • CO 1 - meet one of the following conditions
    • 4000 hours of practical experience on a C1 crane under direct supervision of crane operator with a valid C1 license, or:
    • 1000 hours of practical experience on a C1 crane under direct supervision of crane operator with a valid C1 license and have held a C2 license for greater than 6 months
  • CO 2 - meet one of the following conditions
    • 3000 hours of practical experience on a C2 crane under direct supervision of crane operator with a valid C1 or C2 license, or:
    • 1000 hours of practical experience on a C2 crane under direct supervision of crane operator with a valid C2 license and have held a C3 license for greater than 6 months
  • CO 3 - meet the following conditions
    • 2000 hours of practical experience on a C2 crane under direct supervision of crane operator with a valid C1, C2, or C3 license
  • Endorsements for lattice boom cranes and overhead travelling cranes are described in detail, in addition to the above information, in the Crane Operators Regulations (link found below in the Reference section)

Step 5:  Upon successful application review and approval by the Chief Examiner, you must pass 2 written examinations and achieve 65% or higher on each.  Upon passing these exams, you will be granted your certificate.

Red Seal Certification

Mobile and Tower Crane Operators are Red Seal Trades in Nova Scotia only for Journeypersons.  The Red Seal Interprovincial Program represents industry’s standard of excellence for skilled trades and provides greater mobility across Canada for skilled workers.  In order for a tradesperson to get a Red Seal Endorsement on their provincial certificate, they first have to pass an examination.

References

Red Seal website

Nova Scotia Apprenticeship Training Officer location/contact info

Labour and Advanced Education – Regulating Authority for Crane Operations

Crane Operations Regulations - reference document