Often, a crane operator does not have a clear view of the load during a lift, so he must rely on a spotter, or signal person, to guide him. Safe lifting requires a reliable communication channel between the crane operator and the Signal person. Even though radios can be used, hand signals are often the most reliable form of communication.

Target Audience

Crane operators, as well as workers who guide or participate in crane operations.


  • Describe the importance of standard hand signals for directing crane operation
  • Describe the role and requirements of a signal person
  • Demonstrate proper hand signals for standard crane operations

Course Content

  • Responsibilities
  • Communication and signals
  • Universal signals
  • Stop signals
  • Telescoping Boom signals
  • Main Hoist and Whipline signals
  • Mobile Crane signals
  • Tower Crane signals
  • Non-standard signals

Pedagogical Approach

Training based on high-quality, realistic 3D simulations allows learners to clearly visualize risk situations and applicable solutions. Many interactions are included throughout the course to ensure the learners’ participation and understanding.


Exam requiring a mark of 85% to pass.


20 minutes

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