The International Sign Association’s updated Mobile Crane Operator Safety Certification Training, which begins in January, will offer courses in more than 40 cities throughout 2011. In addition, each training course immediately will be followed by testing conducted by The National Commission for the Certification of Crane Operators (NCCCO). The training and certification program is ISA’s way of helping the sign industry become compliant with OSHA’s new Cranes and Derricks in Construction Rule 29 CFR Part 1926, which was issued in August of this year. Among other initiatives, the OSHA rule mandates that every crane operator be certified within four years, and also requires employers to pay for certification training. “By offering an extensive lineup of courses, ISA is ensuring that crane operators in our industry are well trained and meet these certification requirements,” said Tracey Cook, ISA Director of Education and Communications. “Our goal is to provide these courses in areas that are centrally located so that receiving the certification is as convenient as possible. These first trainings are scheduled towards that end.” Training even is available in conjunction with the ISA International Sign Expo 2011, held in Las Vegas, NV, in April. Training fees are $349 for ISA members and $549 for non-members. Non-members who register and complete the program will receive one year of ISA membership with their paid registration. In addition, certification fees are $195 for the written exam and $60 for the practical exam. The new OSHA rules are designed to address the four main causes of worker death and injury: electrocution, being crushed by parts of the equipment, being struck by the equipment/load, and falls.