International Sign Association Adds Mobile Crane Operator Safety Certification Training in Altoona, Pa.
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PRESS RELEASE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 10, 2011

International Sign Association Adds Mobile Crane Operator Safety Certification Training in Altoona, Pa.

The International Sign Association has added a Mobile Crane Operator Safety Certification Training class in Altoona, Pa. ISA also has partnered with The National Commission for the Certification of Crane Operators (NCCCO), which has agreed to administer tests the day following the completion of training. The tests will be held in the same location as the training.

ISA will conduct the Altoona course May 25-28 and one in Pittsburgh April 20-23. Dozens of other courses will take place around the country throughout the year. Visit www.signs.org/cranetraining for the full 2011 crane-training schedule.

The NCCCO certification will help mobile crane operators become compliant with OSHA mandates which require certification by November 2014. It also will help the Pennsylvania operators become compliant with state licensing mandates, which take effect in November of this year.

The program consists of 24 hours of classroom training over three days to prepare operators for the certification testing. Since ISA began offering the training this year, 84 percent of those who attended the training have subsequently obtained the certification—far surpassing the industry average of 70 percent.

Brad Evans, owner of Altoona Neon, worked with ISA to bring the training to Altoona and recruited two other companies in the area to participate. There are additional spots available to ISA members, other sign companies, and the general industry as well.

“The training here will be more convenient for companies in our area so we won’t have the added expense of sending people out of town,” Evans said. “We found that the ISA Mobile Crane Operator Safety Certification Training program is much less costly than other training programs and with the 84 percent pass rate of participants, I know that it is of the highest quality. With impending training regulations at both the state and federal level,, I am happy to know that we will be meeting all of the standards that can keep our people safe.”

The ISA training applies broadly to any industry that operates mobile cranes as does the OSHA requirement. The OSHA rules also require employers to pay for the training and certification for their employees. Certification may bring a reduction in Workers’ Compensation expenditures; companies should check with insurance providers to determine eligibility.

To register, visit www.signs.org/cranetraining.

The list of upcoming courses:

Alabama
Mobile, Nov 30 - Dec 3

Arkansas
Little Rock, Aug 24 - 27

California
San Francisco, May 11 - 14

Colorado
Colorado Springs, June 22 - 25

Connecticut
Hartford, Aug 31 - Sep 3

Florida
Miami, Nov 2 - 5

Georgia
Atlanta, March 23-26

Idaho
Boise, Nov 16 - 19

Illinois
Chicago, Aug 3 - 6

Indiana
Indianapolis, Aug 17 - 20

Iowa
Des Moines, Aug 10 - 13

Kansas
Kansas City, May 25 - 28

Maine
Bangor, Oct 5 - 8

Massachusetts
New Bedford, May 4 – 7

Michigan
Lansing, Dec 7 - 10

Minnesota
St. Cloud, July 20 - 23

Missouri
St. Louis, Oct 26 - 29

Montana
Billings, May 18 - 21

Nebraska
Lincoln, Sept 14 - 17

Nevada
Las Vegas, Apr 27 - 30
Reno, Oct 19 - 22

New Mexico
Albuquerque, Dec 14 - 17

New York
Syracuse, June 1 - 4

North Carolina
Greensboro, June 15 - 18

Ohio
Columbus, Apr 6 – 9

Oklahoma
Oklahoma City, Sept 7 - 10

Oregon
Portland, July  13 - 16

Pennsylvania
Pittsburgh, Apr 20 - 23
Altoona, May 25 - 28

South Carolina
Greenville, Apr 13 - 16

Tennessee
Nashville, June 8 - 11

Texas 
Austin, March 23-26
Dallas, Sept 21 - 24

Virginia
Charlottesville, Oct. 12-15

Washington
Seattle, June 29 - July 2

Wisconsin
Madison, July 27 - 30

About ISA
The International Sign Association (ISA) is a 2,000-member trade association. Its members are manufacturers, suppliers, and users of on-premise signs and sign products from the 50 United States and 60 countries around the world. ISA supports, promotes and improves the worldwide sign industry, which employs or directly impacts over 250,000 American workers and more than $49 billion in annual shipments.

ISA
Alexandria, VA 22314
Phone: 703-836-6067
E-Mail: tracey.cook@signs.org
Website URL: www.signs.org

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