WASHINGTON—The Iron Workers (IW) Rigger and Signal Person Certification was accredited last month by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies, a division of the Institute for Credentialing Excellence.
Although the Occupational Safety and Health Administration standard doesn’t require a certification, it calls for a “qualified evaluator” to ensure that the rigger or signal person is qualified to carry out required tasks. Many contractors, states and municipalities have requested or required a qualified rigger and signal person certification, indicates a release.
The IW Rigger and Signalperson Certification program, sponsored by the ironworker-contractor partnership IMPACT, was launched last year, eliminating the high price tag of certification for ironworkers.
The Ironworker International Certification Board designated a program director to work with subject matter experts and an accredited job analysis facilitator from Nocti Business Solutions to develop the certification, states a release, adding subject matter experts developed testing components using Job Task Analysis and feedback from apprentice co-ordinators, ironworkers and their contractors. Examinations are administered through a secure learning management system under proctor supervision.
“It is a monumental achievement,” said IW executive director of apprenticeship and training Lee Worley in a statement. “Our exam eligibility requirements include 6,000 hours of rigging related experience, completion of a three-part exam, and recertification by full testing every five years. This certification will enable the ironworkers to meet industry demands and we are excited to bring this level of professionalism to our Industry.”