Tower Crane Operator

“Tower Crane Operator” means a person who operates tower cranes (including luffing jib and articulated jib tower cranes) to perform lifts and hoist loads, and has experience with rigging practices and procedures.

Crane Certification Getting Ready Guides

About the Crane Certification Getting Ready Guides

These documents are for any new or experienced crane operator preparing to write a crane operator certification exam. We want you to succeed; the guides help you identify how and what to study, where to find study materials, and what to expect on the exam. The guides also provide example questions in each subject area so you can try a mini-practice exam.

Program Updates:

ITA is launching a Red Seal program for Tower Crane Operators December 1, 2017. For details refer to OPSN 2017-020. The Tower Crane Operator Program Profile and Program Outline will be effective December 1, 2017. If you are registered in the current Tower Crane Operator Program, the Tower Crane Operator Transition Plan outlines the options for current apprentices and challengers. 

If you already hold a Tower Crane Operator BC Certificate of Qualification, you may earn the Red Seal endorsement by writing and passing the Tower Crane Operator Interprovincial Red Seal exam. To apply, forms can be found here.

If you have any questions, please contact ITA Customer Service.

Program Information

The documents below offer detailed information specific to this program.

  • Program Profile
  • Describes the requirements for apprentices and challengers to earn certification
  • Download(PDF 155.29 KB)
  • Program Outline
  • Guidelines for delivery of technical training at ITA Recognized Training Providers
  • Download(1.PDF 410.4 KB)

Challenge Certification/Recognize Prior Experience

If you have significant work experience in a trade but have never been certified in Canada, you may apply to challenge the certification.


If you sponsor apprentices but have never been certified in Canada, you may request to supervise and sign-off apprentices when they are ready to be certified.

  • Instructions
  • How to Apply
  • Download(PDF 62.31 KB)
  • Application Form
  • Personal information and exams scheduling information (for challenge option)
  • Download(PDF 150.18 KB)
  • Employer Declaration
  • Document of relevant work experience
  • Download(PDF 101.93 KB)
  • Statutory Declaration
  • Attestation for self-employment/work experience when employer cannot be contacted
  • Download(PDF 218.26 KB)