The BC Crane Operator – Provisional designation (formerly known as a Level B) allows the holder to operate a crane under supervision until full crane operator certification is obtained.

What you need to know

The trainee/registered apprentice must be under a minimum of indirect supervision for non-critical lifts, and direct supervision for critical lifts as defined by WorkSafeBC.

The employer must ensure a plan is in place for supervision and assign a supervisor who is qualified to supervise crane operations.

How to apply

Register with BC Crane Safety

All crane operators working in British Columbia must be registered with BC Crane Safety. If you haven’t already done so, please register now.

Pass the applicable Provisional Theory Exam

Depending on your crane classification, to obtain a BC Crane Operator – Provisional designation, you must pass either the ITA Level 1 Common Core Exam (for crane classifications eligible for the registered apprenticeship path) or the Crane Operator Provisional Theory Test (for all other crane classifications).

Information on the ITA Level 1 Common Core Exam will be communicated to candidates by ITA directly.

If you do not pass your exam, you must re-apply to take it again.

If this is your first time applying:
Apply at Fulford Certification.
If this is your second or third attempt:
Apply at Fulford Certification.


The Provisional designation expires after one year but can be renewed. The renewal is valid for the same crane classification as the original designation. Any other operational restrictions continue to apply.

To renew your designation:
Renew at Fulford Certification.

Provisional designations for apprenticeable crane classifications may be renewed for a period of 12 months up to 3 times.

Change of Employer

If you change employers, you must update your designation for it to remain in effect:
Go to Fulford Certification.

Direct Supervision: The supervisor is close enough to observe and to provide verbal directions to the trainee/registered apprentice while performing critical lifts.

Indirect Supervision: Oversight activities (other than direct observation) to provide guidance and to ensure that the trainee/registered apprentice is fully qualified to perform everyday, non-critical lifts.