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Title: Crane Operator Certification
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Description: Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry (DLI)
Subject: Crane Operators
Creation Date: 9/11/2008 2:12:16 PM
Modification Date: 9/12/2019 2:30:54 PM
Agency Name: Labor and Industry (DLI), Minnesota Department of
Agency URL:
Agency Description: The Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry (DLI) oversees the state's apprenticeship, construction codes and licensing, occupational safety and health, wage and hour standards and workers' compensation programs and the Office of Combative Sports (OCS).
Agency Phone: 651-284-5005
Agency Fax: Agency URL:
Agency Address:
443 Lafayette Road N.

St. Paul
MN 55155

Unit Name: Minnesota OSHA Compliance
Unit URL:
Unit Description:
Unit Phone: 651-284-5050
Unit Fax: 651-284-5741
Contact person(s):
Unit URL:
Audience: Application URL:
Renewal URL:
Versa URL:

Minn. Stat. § 182.6525, Crane operation:

Subdivision 1. Certification required. An individual may not operate a crane with a lifting capacity of five tons or more on a construction site unless the individual has a valid crane operator certificate received from a nationally recognized and accredited certification program. No employer, and no person who is under a contract to construct an improvement to land, may permit any employee, agent, or independent contractor to perform work in violation of this section. A crane operator certification required under this subdivision must be renewed by an accredited certification program every five years.

Subd. 2. Exceptions. The requirements of subdivision 1 do not apply to:

(1) a crane operator trainee or apprentice, if the individual is under the direct supervision of a crane operator who holds a valid crane operator certificate as required in subdivision 1;

(2) a person directly employed by a class 1 or 2 railroad who is qualified by the employing railroad as a crane operator or boom truck operator while performing work on property owned, leased, or controlled by the employing railroad;
(3) a person who is employed by or performing work for a public utility, rural electric cooperative, municipality, telephone company, or industrial manufacturing plant;

(4) a person who is subject to inspection and regulation under the Mine Safety and Health Act, United States Code, title 30, sections 801 through 962;

(5) a person engaged in boating, fishing, agriculture, or arboriculture;

(6) a person who is a member of and performing work for a uniformed service or who is a member of and performing work for the United States Merchant Marine;

(7) a person who is operating a crane for personal use on premises owned or leased by that person; and
(8) a person who is operating a crane in an emergency situation.

Subd. 3. Penalties.
An employer or general contractor may be cited by the commissioner for a violation of the certification requirements in this section. A citation is punishable as a serious violation under Minn. Stat. § 182.666

Rules: 5225.6140

Statutes: 182.6525


Crane operators certification

Fees: Contact DLI.
Period of Issuance:

Five years.

Length of Determination:
Other Info:
Activity: Crane Operator
License Detail URL:

Safety and Health at Work

Minnesota Department of Labor & Industry (DLI)

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