About Crane Institute
Our Mission
Our Mission

For over 35 years companies all over the world have placed their trust in the Crane Institute. Since 1987 our programs have trained more than 150,000 students.

Our main goal has always been to offer Training, Certification and Qualification credentials that meet and/or exceed industry standards

Crane Institute has always striven to be best and will always be there to assure that our students receive the best quality training possible at a reasonable cost.

If you are paying for training make sure its the best!

We are the very best and most trusted Crane and Rigging Training organization!

That’s why we are “The Standard in Crane and Rigging Training”.

Our CEO and Founder James J Headley Jr.
Our CEO and Founder James J Headley Jr.

For over 35 years Jim has made the Crane Institute into what it is today.

Jim has a vast experience in the crane & rigging industry as a crane operator, trainer, consultant, and expert witness. He is the author of our Handbooks, Workbooks and training materials used by the Crane Institute. He has also written and published numerous articles and has even appeared on the History Channels “Modern Marvels”.

Jim’s practical experience, technical and educational background has allowed him along with our other fine instructors to create what is considered “The Standard”.

The Crane Institute Difference
Easy to Understand Student Centered Training
Easy to Understand Student Centered Training
Our programs are developed in an easy-to-understand format which is focused on the student.
Classroom Materials
Classroom Materials
We are the industry leader when it comes to our Handbooks, workbooks and reference materials that have been developed for use in our training programs.
Train the Trainer Program
Train the Trainer Program
This program allows for an individual to be trained and certified by the Crane Institute to go back and train other personnel.
Onsite Training
Onsite Training
We bring the Crane Institute training programs right to your company to train your employees and have them Certified or Qualified.
Training Partners
Our Facility
Our Facility

Our five-acre state of the art facility is in Sanford, Florida just outside of Orlando. Our proximity to Orlando makes us a unique educational and training destination. We have two large classrooms onsite to accommodate our training programs offered here at the Crane Institute. The facility also houses our support staff and the day-to-day operations that make up the Crane Institute.

What time does class begin and end?

Our scheduled in person & virtual training classes are from 8 AM to 4 PM each day.

What is your cancellation policy?

You must cancel at least 48 hours in advance via phone or email. No shows will be charged a $50 processing fee.

Is the test for certification given within the class time frame?

Yes, test are administered during the normal timeframe of the training program you do not have to schedule additional time for testing.

How long is my certification or qualification from CIA good for?

All our certifications and qualifications are valid for two years.

How long does it take to recertify online?

The online recertification exercise takes between 4-6 hours. You are given 10 calendar days to complete the exercise once you see the first question.

How long does it take to get my certification card?

Approximately 2-5 business days after completion of the online recertification exercise. Persons taking a virtual or in person initial training class will receive them in approximately 7-14 days.

I have a Mobile Crane Operator card that says “certification” on it. Does that mean I’m nationally certified?

OSHA’s ruling in 2010 requires that all crane operator “certifications” through a training organization be called a “qualification”. To become a nationally certified operator you need to go to a nationally accredited company such as CIC.

How far are you from the airport and are there Hotels & Restaurants nearby your facility?

We are located approximately 45 minutes from the Orlando International Airport (MCO) and less than 15 minutes from the Sanford International Airport (SFB). We have several hotels & many restaurants within minutes of our training facility.