Overhead crane inspectors now have a more convenient and less expensive option to renew their credentials.
Konecranes Training Institute now offers past attendees of its overhead crane inspection course whose cards are at or near the two-year expiration date an opportunity to renew their credentials online. Created with a professional online training development partner who works with many Fortune 500 companies, Konecranes Online Overhead Crane Inspection Refresher course is self-paced, condensing the normal eight-hour instructor-led course into a three-to-five-hour online experience that the candidate can complete at work or at home.
Course objectives include review of all pertinent codes and regulations, an understanding of how to interpret applicable sections of OSHA title 29 regulations, a working knowledge of ANSI/ASME Standard B30, record keeping, and the ability to perform consistent, comprehensive crane inspections.
The online course, which features detailed content from the Konecranes instructor-led course, includes 14 lessons and requires a mid-term and final exam, along with a review of course materials. Students can refer to the books from their original course, or can purchase a new bundle of specifications from Konecranes STORE at an additional cost.
“This online course has the potential to save the student or his employer over $1,000 in travel, lodging, meals and lost work hours,” says Jim Lang, general manager of Konecranes Training Institute. “Typically, students who fly to our campus in New Berlin, Wisconsin spend two days on travel and one day taking the course. This solution eliminates the cost of travel and two lost work days.”
According to Lang, the course is highly interactive and keeps the participant’s attention with several different types of activities. Since it is a “refresher,” anyone enrolling must have taken the initial three-to-four-day crane inspection certification course from Konecranes Training Institute in the past, within two years and six months. (There is a six-month grace period for renewal.) Konecranes confirms eligibility when the candidate signs up.
“This online inspection refresher course is something that our customers have been asking us to offer for some time,” says Lang. “It gives them flexibility and saves time and money. It helps customers comply with all applicable OSHA requirements while improving equipment reliability and most importantly, safety.”
Konecranes Training Institute’s instructor-led crane inspection refresher classes, taught both at the main campus and in a rotating schedule of 40 cities nationwide, typically re-certify around 800 crane inspectors each year. The Institute educates more than 10,000 students annually from its complete catalog of courses relating to crane operators, management, maintenance, safety, electrical controls, mobile cranes, portal cranes and inspections.