Material Handling Equipment, Service & Repairs, Uncategorized

CMAA 78 Certified Crane Technicians: It’s not just a title—it’s a requirement!

With nearly 50 years in the industry, MHS Crane has made it a priority to keep our technicians knowledgeable and up to date with industry standards.

We have had each of our inspectors and technicians certified under CMAA 78 (Crane Manufacturers Association of America) specifications. While specification 78 is new to the industry, written in 2002 and revised in 2015, it guarantees that the individuals working on your crane know their stuff– and know it well.

      Cranes are useful equipment that facilitate operations and help minimize workplace accidents; that’s if they are properly maintained, which includes repairs and inspections conducted by certified professionals.


For a crane repairman to be CMAA 78 certified, they need to have completed 2,000 hours of relevant work experience. Crane technicians that undergo the certification must prove that they can identify and repair deficiencies on a crane, whether it is mechanical, structural or electrical in nature. Each technician must go through formal training in basic trade skills, demonstrating a solid grasp of electrical & wiring skills, mechanical knowledge, machinery alignment, along with job safety best practices and appropriate job site behavior.  Technicians must also employ proper use of tools and equipment required to fix cranes and corresponding equipment.


      Professionals that seek to become inspectors are required to have a solid understanding of industry codes and standards, keeping up with changing regulations. To ensure that their knowledge is not outdated, inspectors must receive inspection training every two years, documented by an official agency.

    Once inspectors and technicians have completed the required coursework and corresponding training hours, they must pass a practical exam to ensure they meet all training requirements before they can go out into the field.

It might seem tempting to cut costs by using someone in-house that has maintenance knowledge—but it doesn’t guarantee safety requirements are met, especially if you’re due for inspection.

Certain repairs are best left to certified professionals that work within industry standards.