Crane operators require certification across North America. Quebec has only one crane operator training school: Atelier-ecole Les Cedres, which offers training only in French. There are other schools nearby, in Nova Scotia and Ontario, that offer training in English. Always check that the certification you are receiving will be accepted in the jurisdiction where you intend to work.
Atelier-ecole Les Cedres
Atelier-ecole Les Cedres is the only school in Quebec offering crane operator training. The school offers an 870-hour course, which includes classes in health and safety, maintenance and repair, operation of cranes and operation of boom trucks. Students taking the course must live in Quebec and have completed French, Math and English. The course is only offered in French. Thirty students at a time are accepted into the course, and typically there are three to five times that many applicants.
Schools in Nova Scotia
Nova Scotia has three schools offering crane operator training courses. Commercial Safety College offers seven different crane training classes, ranging in length from 40 hours to 120 hours. They have classes for boom trucks, mobile cranes, overhead cranes, ship‘s gantry cranes and pedestal cranes.
The International Union of Operating Engineers offers an eight-week crane operator course covering different types of cranes. They are a registered trade school and guarantee that each student will have a machine to work with.
Cranesafe (NS) Ltd. offers training and practical tests to certify crane operators. They offer practical testing for boom trucks, mobile cranes, overhead traveling cranes and tower cranes.
Schools in Ontario
The Operating Engineers Training Institute of Ontario offers crane operator training at their Oakville campus. They have courses for tower cranes, mobile cranes, crane maintenance and crane safety. The courses range in length from 16 hours to 240 hours.
Crane Training Canada has an eight-hour course that can be tailored to the needs of a specific company. Their programs offer training on different types of cranes and are designed to meet provincial requirements.