Mobile Crane Operator RSOS - Overview


The Canadian Council of Directors of Apprenticeship (CCDA) recognizes this Red Seal Occupational Standard (RSOS) as the Red Seal standard for the Mobile Crane Operator trade.

RSOS Products for Download

The Mobile Crane Operator Red Seal Occupational Standard (PDF, 5.6 MB) is developed by Canadian trade representatives. It collects information about the trade as it is practiced across Canada.

This RSOS information is combined in several ways to generate several RSOS Products, each of these is based on information contained in the complete RSOS, and is geared to user needs:

RSOS Products for Download
Product Purpose
Red Seal Occupational Standard - Mobile Crane Operator (PDF, 5.6 MB) A complete description of all trade activities, skills and knowledge. The Standard defines the trade by collecting and organizing elements together.
Trade Profile - Mobile Crane Operator (PDF, 694 KB) A quick snapshot of all trade activities in the standard. It can be used to self-assess experience. It can be used to introduce a concise summary of all trade activities to those wanting to learn about the trade. It can also be used for gap analysis.
Red Seal Exam Self-Assessment Guide – Mobile Crane Operator (PDF, 1.2 KB) Use this self-assessment tool to rate your own understanding and experience with the tasks of the trade that are on the Red Seal examination.

General Information


The first National Conference on Apprenticeship in Trades and Industries, held in Ottawa in 1952, recommended that the federal government be requested to cooperate with provincial and territorial apprenticeship committees and officials in preparing analyses of a number of skilled occupations. Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC) sponsors the Red Seal Program, which, under the guidance of the CCDA, develops a national occupational standard for each of the Red Seal trades.

Standards have the following objectives:

  • to describe and group the tasks performed by skilled workers;
  • to identify which tasks are performed in every province and territory;
  • to develop instruments for use in the preparation of Interprovincial Red Seal Examinations and assessment tools for apprenticeship and certification authorities;
  • to develop common tools for apprenticeship on-the-job and technical training in Canada;
  • to facilitate the mobility of apprentices and skilled workers in Canada;
  • to supply employers, employees, associations, industries, training institutions and governments with occupational standards.

Any questions, comments, or suggestions for changes, corrections, or revisions to this standard or any of its related products may be forwarded to:

Trades and Apprenticeship Division
Apprenticeship and Sectoral Initiatives Directorate
Employment and Social Development Canada
140 Promenade du Portage, Phase IV, 6th Floor
Gatineau, Quebec K1A 0J9


The CCDA and ESDC wish to express sincere appreciation for the contribution of the many tradespersons, industrial establishments, professional associations, labour organizations, provincial and territorial government departments and agencies, and all others who contributed to this publication.

Special thanks are offered to the following representatives who contributed greatly to the original draft of the standard and provided expert advice throughout its development:

André Chénier
International Union of Operating Engineers (IUOE)
Devin Closson
Dan Davey
Roger Dixon
Newfoundland and Labrador
Stephen Fryer
Craig Giles
Darren Hann
Newfoundland and Labrador
Jordan James
Joseph MacLellan
Nova Scotia
Todd MacNeil
Nova Scotia
Mark McGregor
British Columbia
Darryl McMillan
Adam Morin
William Smethurst
Stephen Sutherland
New Brunswick
Thane Tapley
New Brunswick
Mike Wiens
British Columbia

This standard was prepared by the Apprenticeship and Sectoral Initiatives Directorate of ESDC. The coordinating, facilitating and processing of this standard were undertaken by employees of the standards development team of the Trades and Apprenticeship Division and of Saskatchewan, the host jurisdiction for this trade.