Job requirements Crane Operator in Canada

Find out what you typically need to work as a crane operator in Canada. These requirements are applicable to all Crane operators (NOC 7371).

Employment requirements

This is what you typically need for the job.

  • Completion of secondary school is usually required.
  • Completion of a one- to three-year apprenticeship program or High school, college or industry courses in crane operating are usually required.
  • Mobile crane operator trade certification is compulsory in Nova Scotia, Quebec, Ontario, Manitoba and Alberta and available, but voluntary, in all other provinces and the Northwest Territories.
  • Tower crane operator trade certification is compulsory in Nova Scotia, Quebec, Ontario and Manitoba and available, but voluntary, in Prince Edward Island.
  • Mobile crane operator (hydraulic) trade certification is compulsory in Quebec and available, but voluntary, in Prince Edward Island.
  • Hoist operator trade certification, for specified types of cranes, is compulsory in Quebec, Ontario, Manitoba and Alberta and is available, but voluntary, in New Brunswick, Saskatchewan, British Columbia, the Northwest Territories and Nunavut.
  • Mobile crane operators may require a provincial licence to drive mobile cranes on public roads.
  • Internal company certification as a crane operator may be required by some employers.
  • Red Seal endorsement is also available to qualified mobile crane, tower crane and mobile crane (hydraulic) operators upon successful completion of the interprovincial Red Seal examination.

Source National Occupational Classification

Professional certification and licensing

You might need to get a certification from a regulatory authority before you start working. Find out if this occupation is regulated in your province or territory.

Table listing provincial regulation requirements
Location Job title Regulation Regulatory body
Alberta Crane And Hoisting Equipment Operator-boom Truck Regulated Apprenticeship and Industry Training Office, Government of Alberta
Crane And Hoisting Equipment Operator-conventional Mobile Crane Regulated Apprenticeship and Industry Training Office, Government of Alberta
Crane And Hoisting Equipment Operator -hydraulic Mobile Crane Regulated Apprenticeship and Industry Training Office, Government of Alberta
Crane And Hoisting Equipment Operator - Mobile Crane Opertator Regulated Apprenticeship and Industry Training Office, Government of Alberta
Crane And Hoisting Equipment Operator- Tower Crane Operator Regulated Apprenticeship and Industry Training Office, Government of Alberta
Crane And Hoisting Equipment Operator - Wellhead Boom Truck Regulated Apprenticeship and Industry Training Office, Government of Alberta
British Columbia Mobile Crane Operator Regulated Industry Training Authority British Columbia
Boom Truck Operator - folding Boom Unlimited Tonnage Regulated Industry Training Authority British Columbia
Boom Truck Operator - Stiff Boom Unlimited Tonnage Regulated Industry Training Authority British Columbia
Mobile Crane Operator Hydraulic 80 Tonnes And Under Regulated Industry Training Authority British Columbia
Mobile Crane Operator Hydraulic Unlimited Tonnage Regulated Industry Training Authority British Columbia
Mobile Crane Operator Lattice Boom Friction Crane Regulated Industry Training Authority British Columbia
Mobile Crane Operator Lattice Boom Hydraulic Crane Regulated Industry Training Authority British Columbia
Tower Crane Operator Regulated Industry Training Authority British Columbia
Manitoba Crane And Hoisting Equipment Operator-mobile Crane Operator Regulated Apprenticeship Manitoba
Crane And Hoisting Equipment Operator- Tower Crane Operator Regulated Apprenticeship Manitoba
Crane And Hoisting Equipment Operator- Boom Truck Hoist Operator Regulated Apprenticeship Manitoba
New Brunswick Mobile Crane Operator (lattice) Regulated Apprenticeship and Occupational Certification, Government of New Brunswick
Mobile Hoisting Equipment Operator Regulated Apprenticeship and Occupational Certification, Government of New Brunswick
Mobile Crane Operator (hydraulic) Regulated Apprenticeship and Occupational Certification, Government of New Brunswick
Newfoundland and Labrador Boom Truck Operator Regulated Apprenticeship and Trades Certification Division, Departmant of Advanced Education and Skills of Newfoundland and Labrador
Tower Crane Operator Regulated Apprenticeship and Trades Certification Division, Departmant of Advanced Education and Skills of Newfoundland and Labrador
Mobile Crane Operator Regulated Apprenticeship and Trades Certification Division, Departmant of Advanced Education and Skills of Newfoundland and Labrador
Northwest Territories Mobile Crane Operator Regulated Apprenticeship and Trades, Government of the Northwest Territories
Nova Scotia Tower Crane Operators Regulated Technical Safety Division, Labour and Advanced Education
Mobile Crane Operator Regulated Technical Safety Division, Labour and Advanced Education
Mobile Crane Operator (hydraulic) Regulated Technical Safety Division, Labour and Advanced Education
Nunavut Mobile Crane Operator (hydraulic) Regulated Apprenticeship, Trade and Occupations Certification, Government of Nunavut
Ontario Hoisting Engineer — Mobile Crane Operator Regulated Ontario College of Trades
Hoisting Engineer — Mobile Crane Operator Regulated Ontario College of Trades
Hoisting Engineer — Tower Crane Operator Regulated Ontario College of Trades
Prince Edward Island Mobile Crane Operator Regulated Apprenticeship Training and Skilled Trade Certification, Government of Prince Edward Island
Mobile Crane Operator (hydraulic) Regulated Apprenticeship Training and Skilled Trade Certification, Government of Prince Edward Island
Tower Crane Operator Regulated Apprenticeship Training and Skilled Trade Certification, Government of Prince Edward Island
Québec Crane Operator Regulated Commission de la Construction du Québec
Saskatchewan Tower Crane Operator Regulated Saskatchewan Apprenticeship and Trade Certification Commission
Mobile Crane Operator Regulated Saskatchewan Apprenticeship and Trade Certification Commission
Mobile Crane Operator (hydraulic) Regulated Saskatchewan Apprenticeship and Trade Certification Commission

Source Foreign Credential Recognition Program - ESDC

Do you want to work in another province or territory?

If you are already certified to work in a regulated occupation in your province or territory, it will be easier for you to have your certification recognized in another province or territory. See the Workers Mobility's website to learn more.

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