National Credential
Credential: Boom Truck Crane  NCCA resource
Credentialing Agency: Operating Engineers Certification Program (OECP)

The Operating Engineers Certification Program (OECP), Boom Truck Crane certification is for crane operators who operate commercial truck mounted cranes that consist of a rotating structure (center post or turntable), a boom operating with positive swing action, and one or more operating stations mounted on a frame attached to a commercial truck chassis. The Boom Truck Crane certification recognizes a candidate's knowledge and skills with crane operations, procedures, safety, and government regulations. Boom Truck Crane candidates must be good standing members of the International Union of Operating Engineers (IUOE), possess a valid U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) Medical Card/Certificate or a state issued Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) Medical Card/Certificate, comply with the OECP’s substance abuse policy, and have 1,000 hours of documented crane-related experience and/or training in the previous five years. Candidates must also pass both a written exam and a practical exam.

More information can be found on the certifying agency's website.

Renewal Period: 5 years

Boom Truck Crane

The following Army Occupations provide training and/or experience that contributes to attaining this credential:

Personnel Category Occupation Occupation Type Related As Promotion Points Skill Level Star Proponent Funded Gap Analysis
Enlisted 12A Engineer Senior Sergeant MOS some          
Enlisted 12C Bridge Crewmember MOS other          
Enlisted 12G Quarrying Specialist (RC) MOS some  Promotion Points: This certification has been approved for promotion points. Click for more information.        
Enlisted 13B Cannon Crewmember MOS some  Promotion Points: This certification has been approved for promotion points. Click for more information.        
Enlisted 13M Multiple Launch Rocket System (MLRS)/High Mobility Artillery Rocket System (HiMARS) Crewmember MOS some  Promotion Points: This certification has been approved for promotion points. Click for more information.        
Enlisted 88H Cargo Specialist MOS some  Promotion Points: This certification has been approved for promotion points. Click for more information.        Gap Analysis
Enlisted C4 Crane Operator ASI most          

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Related As

The military occupations shown in this table are related to this credential in one of four ways: Most, Some, or Other.

Most: This credential is directly related to most of the major duties associated with the military occupation (at least 80%). Note that the credential may require additional education, training or experience before you are eligible for it.

Some: This credential is related to some tasks associated with the duties of the military occupation (related 80% to at least one or more critical tasks but less than 80% of all of the entire military occupation). Note that the credential may require additional education, training or experience before you are eligible for it.

Other: This credential is related to this military occupation, but is more advanced or specialized and therefore will likely require additional education, training, or experience.

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This credential has been approved for promotion points for this MOS towards promotion to Sergeant and Staff Sergeant. Clicking the Promotion Points icon will open a link to the promotion points fact sheet.

Skill Level Designation

Skill Level I: This skill level consists of all Soldiers in the ranks of Private (pay grade E-1) up to Specialist (pay grade E-4). Time in Service (TIS) is generally between initial entry and four Years of Service (YOS). This skill level is Entry-level positions requiring performance of tasks under direct supervision.

Institutional training:

  • Structured Self-Development (SSD) level I
  • Basic Leader Course (BLC)

Skill Level II: This skill level is obtained when promoted to Sergeant (paygrade E-5). TIS is generally between 4-8 YOS. Positions requiring performance of more difficult tasks under general supervision; and in some instances, involving supervision of Soldiers in SL1.

Institutional training:

  • Structured Self-Development (SSD) level II
  • Advance Leader Course (ALC)

Skill Level III: This skill level is obtained when promoted to Staff Sergeant (paygrade E-6). TIS is generally between 8-12 YOS. Positions requiring performance of still more difficult tasks and involving first line supervision of Soldiers in SL1 & SL2.

Institutional training:

  • Senior Leader Course (SLC)
  • Structured Self-Development (SSD) level III

Skill level IV: This skill level is obtained when promoted to the rank of Sergeant First Class (paygrade E-7). TIS is generally between 12-18 YOS. Positions requiring relatively detailed knowledge of all tasks specified for a given MOS, normally involving first-line supervision of Soldiers in SLs 1, 2, and 3, and involving managerial duties.

Institutional training:

  • Master Leader Course (MLC)
  • Structured Self-Development (SSD) level IV
  • Senior Enlisted Joint Professional Military Education (SEJPME) I Course

Skill level V: This skill level is obtained when promoted to the rank of Master Sergeant (paygrade E-8). TIS is generally between 18-22 YOS. Positions requiring direct and indirect leadership roles with expertise in company and battalion-level operations and competency across a given CMF, serving as members of a staff at every level in the Army, with a full understanding of the allocation of resources and their utilization in order to accomplish Army functions and missions.

Institutional training:

  • United States Army Sergeants Major Academy (USASMA)
  • Structured Self-Development (SSD) level V

Skill level VI: This skill level is obtained when promoted to the rank of Sergeants Major (paygrade E-9). TIS is generally between 22-30 YOS. Positions requiring organizational leadership roles with multi-dimensional expertise in units and teams on division, corps, and Army staffs, integrated with Joint, Interagency, Intergovernmental, and Multinational (JIIM) partners with a full understanding of the Force Generation process, operations at all echelons, and how the Army runs.

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Star credentials are MOS enhancing, as designated by the Proponent. MOS enhancing credentials are directly related to an MOS or ASI, are taught either partially or completely as part of a Program of Instruction (POI), and improve the MOS technical proficiency.

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This icon indicates credentials which Soldiers may have funded through their MOS proponent. Some proponents offer credentialing opportunities in conjunction with military training and/or as part of MOS development beyond the training base.

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A detailed analysis comparing the credential requirements to the military occupation has been completed. Click on the gap analysis icon to view the analysis page.

Boom Truck Crane

Eligibility Requirements ()

Note: This credential may have multiple options for becoming eligible. Listed below are the minimum requirements based on the minimum degree required. To view other options, see the Eligibility tab.

  • Credential Prerequisite
  • Experience: 1000 hours
  • Education
  • Training
  • Membership
  • Other
  • Fee

Exam Requirements ()

  • Written Exam
  • Oral Exam
  • Practical Exam
  • Performance Assessment

Renewal Period: 5 years

  • Continuing Education
  • Exam
  • Continuing Education OR Exam
  • Fee
  • Other

Operating Engineers Certification Program (OECP)
4210 Riverwalk Parkway
Suite 130
Riverside, CA  92505-3368
Phone: (951) 351-4001
Fax: (951) 351-4007
Email: oecp@oecp.org

Boom Truck Crane

Candidates must have 1,000 hours of documented crane-related experience and/or training in the previous five years.

The Boom Truck Crane credential has the following other requirements:

  • Candidates must be a member in good standing of the International Union of Operating Engineers (IUOE) with dues paid through the current month.
  • Candidates must possess a valid U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) Medical Card/Certificate or a state issued Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) Medical Card/Certificate.

Boom Truck Crane

  • Standards Knowledge (15%)
    • Know applicable standards and regulations
  • Operations Knowledge (58%)
    • Know how to properly conduct pre-operational procedures
    • Know how to properly operate the crane
    • Know how to properly conduct post-operational procedures
  • Load Charts Knowledge (27%)
    • Understand and use Load Charts
  • Test #1: Hand Signals
  • Test #2: Place Ball in Barrels
  • Test #3: Start/Stop Circle
  • Test #4: S - Corridor (Forward Direction)
  • Test #5: Shutdown

There are a number of resources available to help you prepare for the Boom Truck Crane examination:

An additional resource is Safari Books Online, a searchable digital library that provides online access to thousands of books, training videos and conference sessions. See the Educational Resources page here on COOL to learn how to get free access.

Boom Truck Crane

Renewal Period: 5 years

The Boom Truck Crane credential has the following recertification information:

  • The Boom Truck Crane certification is valid for five years. To recertify, certification holders must be a member in good standing with the International Union of Operating Engineers (IUOE) with dues paid through the current month, possess a valid U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) Medical Card/Certificate or a state issued Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) Medical Card/Certificate, comply with the OECP’s Substance Abuse Policy, provide evidence of a current nationally accredited crane operator certification, and pass a recertification written exam and a practical exam (if applicable).
  • Certification holders with at least 1,000 hours of documented safe operating experience on the boom truck crane, during the immediately preceding certification period, are initially exempt from having to take the practical exam to obtain recertification. All experience in the recertification period must be with a signatory contractor/employer.

    Additional information can be found in the OECP Crane Operator Candidate Manual.