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Sling Tension Webinar to Kick Off 2015


Sling Tension Webinar to Kick Off 2015 

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. Sling Tension

The first Showcase Webinar of 2015 tackles the issue of sling tension and will feature Jonathan Parnell, PE, Project Manager, ITI and Mike Parnell, CEO/Technical Director, ITI. Sling Angles & Tension Workshop is scheduled for Wednesday, January 21, 2015 at 10 AM PST/1 PM EST. 

Be sure to attend the live session as ITI will continue to push the envelop by utilizing new technology and features within the webinar series. As always, a live question and answer session will take place at the end of the webinar as time allows. 

Register for the Webinar

Please direct questions and concerns about upcoming webinars to

4 Fundamentals of Rigging Engineering Preview Videos


4 Fundamentals of Rigging Engineering Preview Videos

It’s already December! In the spirit of the season, ITI would like to give everyone four video previews to the world’s only rigging engineering training program, Fundamentals of Rigging Engineering. The Program is on track for its launch in January of 2015, and registration is currently open

Fundamentals of Rigging Engineering will address a specific knowledge gapITI FORE logo 2015 for two important industry groups. Engineers who enter the industry with backgrounds and education in mechanical, civil, structural, or other branches of engineering make up the first group. The second consists of the multitude of non-engineers who have worked their way up the ranks via on the job training and experience to fill roles such as: lift planner, equipment superintendent, or master rigger, but lack formal engineering training specific to the precarious tasks they perform every day.

A free, interactive program preview is available here, and provides a full program outline, a breakdown of required and elective courses, instructor profiles, and FAQs.

With all that in mind, sit back, relax, and take in four video clips that display just a portion of the incredible content that is awaiting Fundamentals of Rigging Engineering participants.

1. Keith Anderson on Tandem Lifting from Course #RE-130

In the clip below, Program Manager and Author of Rigging Engineering Basics, Keith Anderson presents an example of offloading a heavy lift ship using two boat mounted cranes. This excerpt is from #RE-130 – Rigging, Equipment & Applications. 

2. Mike Parnell on Load Weight Estimation from Course #RE-130

Load weight estimation is the subject of the next video. The clip features ITI CEO/Technical Director Mike Parnell, and is featured in Module 4 of the Rigging Equipment & Applications Course.

3. Larry Shapiro on Luffing and Slewing from Course #RE-120 

Watch Cranes & Derricks author, Larry Shapiro, discuss luffing and slewing. These subjects are covered in much more detail in Module 1 of #RE-120 – Cranes & Derricks.


4. Jonathan Parnell on Center of Gravity from Course #RE-110

Build your knowledge foundation by watching Jonathan Parnell, ITI Project Manager, discuss center of gravity moment method. This lecture is presented #RE-110 – Introduction to Rigging Engineering in Module 2 – Principles of Center of Gravity.



Check out what other topics are covered in the Fundamentals of Rigging Engineering by clicking on the image below.

FoRE Program Preview

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.

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