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The 7 Summits of Rigging Training [Infographic]


The 7 Summits of Rigging Training

The Seven Summits are the highest mountains in each of the seven continents. Mountain climbers dream of completing the daunting challenge of summiting these great peaks. 

Although they are a bit lesser know, did you know that there are Seven "Summits" when it comes to rigging training as well? Just like the mountains, each summit (course) is not a fit for everyone. However, any employee, supervisor, manager, or even executive that deals with load handling operations is more than likely a fit for at least one of the summits. Click on the image below to learn more!


7 Summits

Samson Rope Engineer to be Featured in November Showcase Webinar


Samson Rope Engineer to be Featured in November Showcase Webinar

Industrial Training International’s ( Showcase Webinar Series has delighted and educated over 3,000 attendees since March of 2012. The one hour technical sessions are hosted by ITI CEO/Technical Director Mike Parnell, and cover topics relevant to organizations and individuals conducting load handling activities.

The upcoming November 25, 2014 webinar – Synthetic Lifting Slings: Facts and Fiction will feature Guest Presenter Isaac Rosenberg, Applications Engineer from Samson Rope, and expand on the following subjects:Samson Rope Webinar Image

- Synthetic Fibers
- High Modulus Materials
- Case Studies
- Inspection & Retirement Criteria
- Synthetic Lifting Slings
- And More!

The live session will encourage participation from attendees through a question and answer session at the end of the webinar. 

Register for the Webinar

The Showcase Webinar Series is a 100% free resource and any organization or employee that deals with load handling operations is invited to attend.

ITI Announces Move to Fully-Back NCCCO Certification Programs



Contact: Jonah Hobson, Marketing Manager

Telephone: 1-800-727-6355


ITI Announces Move to Fully-Endorse Certification Programs of NCCCO

Industrial Training International (, a world leader in crane, rigging, and lifting educational services, has announced that it will fully endorse the national certification programs offered by the National Commission for the Certification of Crane Operators (NCCCO), and will prepare candidates for certification examinations at its training centers and at client locations.

Over the past three years, ITI has completed more than 1,000 nationally-accredited certifications with its customers in crane operations, rigging, and signaling, between both Crane Institute Certification (CIC) and NCCCO certification programs. As of January 1, 2015, the organization will be exclusively recommending the NCCCO certification programs to its customers.

Zack Parnell, Vice President & COO of ITI commented on the major shift, "Considering the growth plans we have for our organization, we believe that at this point in time, and for the foreseeable future, no other certification body is better positioned to bring to our customers domestically and abroad."

ITI has initially applied for the approval of its training centers in Woodland, Washington, Memphis, Tennessee, and Edmonton, Alberta as NCCCO exam sites. The organization has plans to also gain approval to conduct testing at its center in Rio de Janeiro, and at its regional centers in Alaska and California.

Additionally, ITI will certify 14 of its instructors in the USA, Canada, and Brazil, in various certifications and "practical examiner" statuses depending on their skillsets and client demands.

ITI employees have served in volunteer capacities on the NCCCO Rigging Task Force. Its Woodland, Washington and Birmingham, Alabama locations have also served as practical exam sites over the past two decades.

Joseph Kuzar, Assistant Training Manager at ITI, will serve as the corporate delegate to NCCCO and be the liaison between the two organizations. Mr. Kuzar has been a full-time instructor with ITI since 2012 and is based in Virginia.

Course and certification combinations at ITI Training Centers will be incorporated over the next two years beginning with NCCCO Signalperson, Rigger Level I, Rigger Level II. This will be followed by Lift Director, Mobile Crane Inspector, and other certifications.  

Mr. Parnell commented on the nature of ITI's courses and how they interact with certification, "Our customers demand us to provide world-leading crane, rigging, and lifting education through hands-on training and challenging, interactive classroom sessions. Our courses are not designed for test-preparation; the instructional design is focused on skills-building and retention through tactile, experiential learning. However, our team has been very successful incorporating certification exams around our highly-demanded courses, giving our customers the option to qualify their skills with nationally-accredited certification programs."

ITI plans to offer NCCCO Signalperson, Rigger Level I and Rigger Level II exams following its Master Rigger programs offered at its Training Centers. Additional course/certification combinations will exist at training centers, as well, ITI will be recommending to all of its customers to have their sites approved for NCCCO certification exams if they require nationally-accredited certifications.

Learn about other NCCCO Certification and course combinations in the 2015 Training Catalog. The newest edition of the Training Catalog also includes:

2015 TC

  • Table of Contents with Course Location Availability 
    Find what page your course is on, and also see where that course is offered: ITI Training Centers in Washington, Tennessee, Alberta or even at Your Facility.
  • Course Descriptions 
    Learn about specific course subjects and learning objectives. Understand how the change to NCCCO Certification will affect prep courses.
  • Same-Week Partnered Programs 
    These boxes illustrate how you can complete multiple courses in the same week while you are at our training centers.
  • Courses by Date 
    This information will not be on the actual course description page, but in the back of the catalog.
  • Courses by Training Center
    A break-down of course listings per ITI Training Center.

For more information, please contact Jonah Hobson at or 1-800-727.6355.

Great Wolf and Advanced Rigging & Management Training in December


Great Wolf Lodge and Advanced Rigging & Management Training in December!

Industrial Training International ( is hosting its next U.S. Workshop in Charlotte, North Carolina, December 4-5.

An added benefit of attending this event is its venue: Great Wolf Lodge. Regular night stays range from $250 to $500 per room!  At the ITI Workshop, you and your family could stay for $139 per night!

This two-day Workshop will feature ITI Technical Director Mike Parnell and ITI's Fundamentals of Rigging Engineering Program Manager, Keith Anderson. Mr. Anderson serves Bechtel Corporation as Chief Rigging Engineer and will be instructing sessions on rigging engineering and lift planning.

As a part of their student materials, attendees will also receive Mr. Anderson's book titled, Rigging Engineering Basics, a $139 value.

To gain a better understanding of what is ahead for Charlotte attendees, the ITI Workshops Division has made a Workshop Preview eBook available to all for free download. The Preview eBook contains:

  • ITI Workshops: Introduction
  • Instructor Profiles
  • Workshop Agenda
  • Venue Information
  • What to do in Charlotte
  • And More!
Learn more at or call 800.727.6355.

From - Interview with Mike Parnell



MikeMike Parnell has been working in the Industry 35 years.

Cranesy: What do you love about cranes?

Mike Parnell: I really am impressed with how much a crane can do at such long distances. In talking with a number of crane engineers, they have noted that cranes are fairly delicate machines and they are often amazed at the work produced by a crane when compared to its slender design. When I see booms working at a project site, it reinforces the idea that we have progress in our economy and society. These booms are like the “flag standards of old” carried by armies. The message is that the troops are here and victory will soon follow.

Read the rest of the interview on

There are two chances to get exclusive instruction from Mike, along with other crane, rigging, and load handling industry experts in 2014. 

For more informaiton on ITI Workshops visit or call 1.800.727.6355.


Charlotte Advanced Rigging & Lifting Workshop eBook Now Available


Charlotte Advanced Rigging & Lifting Workshop eBook Now Available

Industrial Training International ( has been conducting crane, rigging, and lifting open-enrollment educational events since 1986. The natural evolution of these events has led to the Advanced Rigging & Lifting Workshop, with the next U.S. event taking place in Charlotte, North Carolina, December 4-5. 

About 70% of the Workshop curriculum will come directly from ITI courses, with the remaining instruction coming from Fundamentals of Rigging Engineering Program Manager, Keith Anderson, PE. 

To gain a better understanding of what is ahead of Charlotte attendees, the ITI Workshops Division has made a Workshop Preview eBook available to all for free download. The Preview eBook contains:

  • ITI Workshops: Introduction
  • Instructor Profiles
  • Workshop Agenda
  • Venue Information
  • What to do in Charlotte
  • And More!

Learn more at or call 800.727.6355.

2014 Crane & Rigging Conference Canada


2014 Crane & Rigging Conference Canada 

The 4th Annual CRC Canada Returns to Edmonton October 20-21

The Marriott at River Cree Resort in Edmonton, Alberta will once again host the Crane & Rigging Conference (CRC) Canada in 2014. CRC Canada 2014The event returns “home” following a widely successful 2013 Conference at the same location. Mark Bridger of Maximum Capacity Media (event organizer) commented on the event venue by saying, “In the longer term we still see the conference expanding into other regions of Canada, but we have a footprint in Edmonton and we want to finish what we started in 2011. The conference has facilitated so much positive change, but there is a long way to go.”

CRC Canada 2014 will be supported by Industrial Training International (ITI) Canada ULC as the official event partner, Liebherr-Canada Ltd. as an associate sponsor, and Crane & Hoist Canada as the official media sponsor. It has also been confirmed that the Canadian Hoisting & Rigging Safety Council (CHRSC) will participate at the conference as a supporting organization. 

Headline speakers include:

-          Mike Parnell, President/CEO, ITI Canada UCL

-          Knut Buschmann, President, Unirope Ltd.

The 2014 edition of CRC Canada is an ideal event for crane and rigging supervisors, facility managers, and safety professionals. Key topic to be discussed include:

-          Overhead Cranes

-          Critical Lifting

-          Rigging

-          Standards

-          Competency and Training

3 Ways to Register

Registration for CRC Canada 2104 is $695 USD and includes admission to the conference, the exhibition area, and breakfast and lunch both days. Registration can be processed by:

  1. Calling 602-445-3932 to register by phone
  2. Downloading the registration form, complete and fax to 515-574-2361 or email to
  3. Registering online at

Register for CRC Canada

Don’t forget to book your room and the Edmonton Marriott by calling 800-960-4913. Mention the Crane & Rigging Conference to receive the discounted group rate.

6 in 60: Six Diverse Load Handling Lessons in 60 Minutes


6 in 60: Six Diverse Load Handling Lessons in 60 Minutes

The Showcase Webinar Series is a monthly, educational webinar hosted by ITIShowcase Webinar President/Technical Director, Mike Parnell. The free, one-hour sessions cover topics relevant to organizations, teams, and individuals who conduct load handling activities. 

The next edition of the webinar series is set for Tuesday, September 30, 2014 and will feature Jonathan Parnell, P.E. as the guest host. Titled 6 in 60: Six Diverse Load Handling Lesson in 60 Minutes, webinar attendees would likely find this smorgasbord of crane, rigging, and load handling lessons on the “education” section of a Lift Director’s resume or LinkedIn profile. 

Webinar Topics will include:

  • Rigging Gear Inspection
  • Advanced Rigging
  • Critical Lift Planning
  • Mobile Crane Inspection
  • Mobile Crane Operation
  • Rigging Engineering

The live event will invite participation from all attendees as the lessons will feature poll questions to identify possible knowledge gaps and emphasize key learning points. Time permitting, the session will conclude with a real time question and answer session. 

Register for the Webinar

To learn more about ITI or the ITI Webinar Division, visit or call 800-727-6355.

Interactive Program Prospectus for the World’s Only Rigging Engineering Training Program


Interactive Program Prospectus for the World’s Only Rigging Engineering Training Program

In February 2014, Industrial Training International (, announced plans for a revolutionary training program focusing solely on the discipline of rigging engineering. The inspiration for such a program derives from a knowledge gap that applies to engineers that are new to the crane and rigging scene, as well as field-experienced crane and rigging managers who have graduated through the ranks by means of on-the-job experience.

Fundamentals of Rigging Engineering, the world’s only rigging engineering training program, seeks to educate both of the aforementioned student profiles. Set to launch in January of 2015, the curriculum features five required courses and seven electives, two of which are needed to complete the program. 

With over 250 hours of planned curriculum, the breadth and depth of Fundamentals of Rigging Engineering cannot be understated. For those wishing to explore the program further, a unique and innovative solution is now available. 

Interactive Program Prospectus

Fundamentals of Rigging Engineering features 16 of the leading minds in the crane, rigging, heavy transport, and offshore lifting industries as instructors. With the number of course options and moving parts within the program, properly processing the appropriate program information can be challenging. To combat this issue, an on-line, interactive program prospectus is now accessible. The preview contains:

  • Program Overview
  • Videos
  • Program Manager Profile
  • Instructors
  • Accreditation
  • Required Courses
  • Elective Courses
  • Format & Instructional Design
  • Pricing
  • FAQs
FoRE Program Preview

For more information please visit or call 1.800.727.6355.

ITI to Host Pacific Northwest Regional Crane Operator & Rigger Skills Competition


ITI to Host Pacific Northwest Regional Crane Operator & Rigger Skills Competition

Industrial Training International ( is proud to host the Pacific Northwest Regional Crane Operator & Rigger Skills Competition September 5, 2014 at ITI Headquarters in Woodland, Wash. The September 5th competition is the first of eight CIC regional events, with the top two participants from each region moving on to the national championship in Las Vegas in the spring of 2015. 

The skills competition will serve as the centerpiece of a day filled with activities including, an open house, vendor showcase, and customer/community appreciation.

Register to Compete

The September 5th event marks the second time that ITI has hosted a CIC sponsored regional skills competition.

2013 Recap

Eight crane operators from the Pacific Northwest competed on October 5, 2013 at ITI's Woodland Training Center for two berths in the National Crane Operator Rodeo Finals. The regional qualifying event was one of nine rodeos leading up to the National Finals that will take place in March of 2014 at the CONEXPO-CON/AGG Trade Show in Las Vegas.

The eight contestants competed in three events that were judged and scored by certified CIC examiners, ITI's Jay Dyson and Alex Faris.

The first event, Place Ball in Drum, called for the contestants to place the ball of a 35-ton-capacity RT Grove 635C into two open drums as quickly as possible. 

In the second event, Slalom, the crane operators had to direct a load (a weighted 55 gallon metal drum) through a slalom course of staggered drums as quickly as possible, while keeping a 3-foot chain fastened to the bottom of the drum in contact with the ground at all times. 

The final event, Stand & Move Pipe, required contestants to lift a 10-foot PVC pipe, filled with concrete to a standing position, keep the pipe within a corridor, and finally lay it down again.

While speed was king in these events, accuracy and control played a vital role as well, as operators were penalized for violations in each event, and points were added to their overall score. The operator with the lowest total score after the three events is the champion.

2013 Winners

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