Mobility and the Canadian Free Trade Agreement

The Canadian Free Trade Agreement (CFTA), and specifically Chapter Seven – Labour Mobility, outlines the directives aimed to eliminate or reduce measures adopted, or maintained by Canadian jurisdictions, that restrict or impair labour mobility within Canada. “…in particular to enable any worker certified for an occupation by a regulatory authority of one party to be recognised as qualified for that occupation by all Parties.”

CFTA – Chapter 7 Labour Mobility

CFTA – Consolidated Version

Updated Crane Operator Standards for 2017

Updated Crane Operator Standards for all BC crane classifications will become available through the first six months of 2017. The updates have been a result of the national harmonization initiative for Mobile Crane and for Tower Crane operators. Mobile Crane and Tower Crane Operator Standards are the first to be reviewed and reissued and are now available on the Resources page at BC Crane Safety.

BC Crane Safety Commits to ISO 17024

BC Crane Safety has announced its intention to have the crane operator scheme in British Columbia accredited to ISO 17024 Conformity assessment — General requirements for bodies operating certification of persons. BC Crane Safety has signed a memorandum of understanding with the National Occupational Council of Canada to begin the audit process in early 2017.

BC Crane Trade Moves to Compliance Verification Model

BC Crane Safety has adopted the Compliance Verification Model. This model translates into fewer barriers, lower overall costs, streamlined administration, greater mobility, easier match to other jurisdictions, alternate paths to certification, flexible training alternatives, and access to alternate careers.

Logbook App Available to All Operators

Did you know that as a BC Crane Operator you have a SkillRecord profile which includes a mobile logbook? Your crane operator logbook is available to you as an app for IOS or Android, or online. It allows you to record your daily activity, upload photos, get sign-offs, and show others what you can operate and do.

To access your logbook, and get going, all you need to do is go to the BC Crane Safety homepage, click on the SkillRecord button at the top right, enter the email address you originally registered with at BC Crane Safety along with your password. If you don’t know your original email address you will need to call the BC Crane Safety office. If you know your email but not your password you can obtain a new password as part of your SkillRecord login process.

Your logbook will be handy when looking for that next project, moving between jurisdictions, and in demonstrating compliance for renewal of your BC Crane Operator designation.

ECOL Invites Natoc and BC Crane Safety

The European Crane Operator Licence Committee invited BC Crane Safety and the National Occupational Council of Canada to participate in their working committee meeting on September 19, 2016 in Amsterdam as they work to create the common baseline for an EU Mobile Crane Operator Licence. The vision is a common baseline standard for the European Union, the UK, and Canada allowing for a Mutual Recognition Agreement between Canada and the EU under the auspices of CETA, and a Mutual Recognition Agreement between Canada and the UK.

Click here for an article on the European Crane Operator Licence.

BC Crane Safety Joins ICVS

BC Crane Safety is now a member of the International Compliance Verification System (ICVS), administered in Canada by the National Occupational Council of Canada (Natoc). BC recognizes more crane operator credentials than any other jurisdiction in Canada. Currently, thirteen Canadian jurisdictions, the USA, and Ireland are recognized. Crane operators can work in BC based on their original credential, meaning less red tape, lower cost, and greater mobility and ICVS makes it simple.

European Crane Operator Licence Project Moves Forward

ESTA, the European association for abnormal road transport and mobile cranes, is creating a European Crane Operator Licence (ECOL). The project is on schedule and moving forward. Click here for the full article.

BCACS and Ireland have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to mutually recognize tower crane and mobile crane operator credentials.

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