Vocational training for maintenance of stationary cranes 

Our ERGON training centre provides comprehensive training for operators and maintainers on stationary cranes. The course programme has been carefully prepared to impart theoretical as well as practical knowledge.  

workshop crane in the hall

Training is provided by competent people who are qualified to train future operators and maintainers. In addition to the qualifications themselves, they have industry knowledge that they have acquired over years of work, because we know that those with experience in this type of work will teach you best. Our lecturers and instructors have several years of experience in training to obtain qualification certificates for stationary cranes and more.  

Training program 

  • planning and organising maintenance work, 
  • cleaning, lubrication and adjustment of parts of stationary cranes, 
  • checking and changing oil and other working fluids, 
  • maintenance of bearings and other machine components, 
  • signs and symptoms of failure of stationary cranes, 
  • procedures for diagnosing and repairing failures, 
  • replacement of defective parts, 
  • construction of cranes, 
  • duties and rights of the conservator. 

Who issues stationary crane licences? 

An important point to note is that cranes are subject to technical supervision, so if you want to do operator or maintenance work, you are required to obtain an UDT licence to carry out the work. The authorisations are issued by the Office of Technical Inspection in the category of stationary cranes, if you have already obtained a qualification to work with cranes it is important to remember that the duration is 10 years from the date of issue. Operators do not need a licence if they carry out their work on cranes such as: 

  • with manual drive of all mechanisms, 
  • with a maximum load capacity of up to 250 kg, not counting personal handling equipment, 
  • with a single-phase electric drive with a lifting force of up to 1 tonne. 
maintenance man in helmet operates crane

How do you get certified for stationary cranes? 

Qualifications to work on these cranes are issued by the Military Technical Supervision, the Office of Technical Supervision or the Transport Technical Supervision. The document issued by the entity depends on the location of the particular piece of equipment on which the practical exam will take place.

Examination bodies

WDT - entitlements issue if the crane is located on the premises of military units or at an armaments plant that falls under the Ministry of Defence; 

UDT - issue a certificate if the equipment is located in an area that does not involve TDT or WDT activities; 

TDT - issue a document if the equipment performs work in waterborne or rail transport. 

What does the examination look like?

The exam takes place at a UDT, TDT or WDT point and is structured in two stages. The first stage is a written theoretical exam to test our knowledge of stationary cranes. The first stage consists of a written test in which you have to demonstrate the knowledge you have acquired during your training. The second stage is based on practice, here we will have to demonstrate our acquired skills. If we manage to pass both stages of the examination, we will receive a document with the acquired qualifications.  

What are the requirements to start the course? 

The requirements to join the training are: 

  • at least 18 years of age, 
  • having an education of at least primary level, 
  • lack of medical contraindications to perform this work. 

If you meet these three requirements you can take a course to gain a professional qualification as a stationary crane operator or maintainer. 

Construction of a stationary crane 

stationary crane moves load

These devices, commonly known as workshop machines, are cranes, i.e. devices that are used to move loads of great weight over a small area. Their construction consists of a jib that is mounted to a wall or pole. The jib works with a range of movement of 360° or less. Along the boom or arm is a hoist, this is the mechanism that is responsible for lifting the load in the vertical axis. Loads can be carried in 3 ranges of movement, viz: 

  • in the vertical axis, 
  • along the arm, 
  • in terms of circular movement. 

Our other training courses 

We also provide training on: 

  • HDS cranes, 
  • forklifts, 
  • mobile platforms, 
  • telescopic handlers, 
  • cranes. 

If you are interested in any of the training courses listed, please feel free to contact us and we will explain what the learning is based on, what the curriculum looks like and what you can expect from the training.

Questions and answers

Who issues stationary crane licences?

A licence for a stationary crane can be issued by the UDT, TDT or WDT, it all depends on the area where the equipment on which the exam will take place is located. 

What equipment do you still run a course on?

We train operators and maintainers on equipment such as overhead cranes, mobile platforms (including aerial work platforms and scissor lifts), forklifts, telehandlers and HDS cranes.