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A crane supervisor is responsible for overseeing the movement of all lifting operations on a construction site to ensure the safety and effectiveness of the team.
35 - 40
There are several routes to becoming a crane supervisor. You could complete a specialist college course or an apprenticeship and gain further qualifications and experience to help you move into the role.
To become a crane supervisor you will usually require experience as a crane operator, and a valid Construction Plant Competence Scheme (CPCS) crane supervisor card which can be gained through studying at a training provider.
Many employers are also interested in people who are enthusiastic, willing to learn and can follow instructions.
You may need a Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS) card to work on a construction site.
You could enrol on a specialist training course to learn how to be a plant operative, such as a Level 2 Certificate in Construction Plant Operations or a Level 3 Diploma in Construction and the Built Environment. With further site experience you could specialise to become a crane supervisor.
2 or more GCSEs at grades 9 to 3 (A* to D), or equivalent (level 2 course)
4 - 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent (level 3 course).
There is not a specific apprenticeship for a crane supervisor, however you could start your career as an apprentice plant operator or take on a role which gives experience on construction sites and specialise in crane operation and supervision later on.
You could complete a Plant Operator or Lifting Technician intermediate apprenticeship or an NVQ/SVQ Level 2 in Plant Operations. An intermediate apprenticeship takes around two years to complete.
You may need GCSEs (including English and maths) or equivalent, to do an apprenticeship, but not all employers ask for formal qualifications.
Apprenticeships are open to anyone over the age of 16. As an apprentice, you’ll be fully employed by your company and expected to work a minimum of 30 hours a week. Your time will be split between on-the-job experience and a college or training provider.
If you have experience as a plant operator or, more specifically, as a crane operator, you could apply directly to a construction company to gain onsite experience as a crane supervisor. Your employer may be able to support you through any required training.
Work experience is essential to gaining employment within the construction industry. You could gain this at school, or by working weekends and holidays with a company or relative who works as a crane supervisor. Potential employers will always be pleased to see work experience listed on your CV.
Additional skills which may benefit anyone considering a job as a crane supervisor include:
As a crane supervisor you will be responsible for the management and safety of those working on site. You will make sure that regulatioons are followed to maintain helath and safety at all time.
The job role of a crane supervisor includes the following duties:
The expected salary for a crane supervisor varies as you become more experienced.
Hours and salary depend on location, employer and any overtime you may do.
* Salaries have been collected from multiple industry sources and have been updated as of 2019
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As a crane supervisor, you could progress your skills to become a site manager. Alternatively, you could transfer your skills to become a banksman/signaller.