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IICB Develops Ironworker Rigger and Signal Person Certification

Oct 17, 2019

Ironworkers International Certification Board (IICB) Develops Ironworker Rigger and Signal Person Certification 

The Iron Workers have had a Qualified Rigger and Signal Person program for years, where training, testing and record keeping were key parts of the program. 

OSHA’s Subpart CC requires signal person qualification by a third-party qualifier and that riggers must be qualified. While a letter of interpretation from OSHA recognizes that apprenticeship programs that train and assess signal persons and riggers would meet the definition for a third-party qualified evaluator, many contractors, states and municipalities have requested or required a Qualified Rigger and Signal Person Certification. 

A true certification requires testing, record keeping and recertification by a third party, causing many of our members to solicit training and testing from other sources, costing hundreds of dollars to maintain their certification; all without any input on the test content from Iron Workers' subject matter experts, the Iron Workers and their contractors.

In response, the Ironworker Rigger and Signal Person Certification Program was developed.

The Ironworker Rigger and Signal Person Certification Program provides members a practical method to obtain a certification accurately evaluating their rigging and signaling competence. By ensuring that only trained, skilled and competent ironworkers complete rigging and signaling tasks, workplace risk is reduced, and safety is increased, standing true to our efforts to ensure all workers return home safe at the end of the day. By certifying skilled and qualified workers, the Ironworkers International Certification Board is promoting a safe and efficient jobsite for the worker, the public and the industry.

For more information on the certification program, please visit the Ironworker Rigger and Signal Person Certification page.