The Developing a National Mobile Crane Operator Demonstration of Skills Test (DOST) project will develop and pilot a voluntary, national mobile crane operator (lattice boom friction and hydraulic) demonstration of skills test (DOST). This standard will complement the existing Red Seal Certification for mobile crane operators, and encourage and facilitate labour mobility across the country by using a nationally-consistent practical assessment. Input from crane stakeholders across Canada will drive the development.

Why? Harmonization of the DOST activities will increase mobility for operators, reduce red tape for employers, lower costs for industry and jurisdictions, and improve workplace safety for all. Over the years, the crane industry has consistently requested a practical assessment be part of the Red Seal endorsement.

A national, mobile crane operator DOST will be developed based on the existing best practices, both nationally and internationally, and ideally:

  • for jurisdictions currently using a DOST, would be adopted and used going forward; and,
  • for jurisdictions not currently using a DOST, when choosing to engage, would be used in the introduction of their activities.

This project will occur from February 2014 – March 2016. This project has been made possible by funding that the Asia Pacific Gateway Skills Table (Skills Table) has received from Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC).

The Skills Table will be working in close partnership with the Canadian Hoisting and Rigging Safety Council (CHRSC).

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