ERGON Centre invites you to a course in operating construction cranes (lifts), which will provide you with the necessary qualifications. It seems that this type of equipment is easy to use and you may wonder why anyone needs a licence to operate it. Admittedly, an ordinary passenger lift in an apartment block does not require special training from the operator, but other, more complicated types of lifts definitely do.


Construction cranes - what are they?

Building cranes are nothing more than lifts. They are not only used to transport people, they are also found in places other than apartment blocks, hotels or shopping malls. There are different types of lifts whose task is to transport loads. Construction cranes have a cabin or platform in which goods are transported. They move along guides inclined at an angle of more than 15 degrees to the horizontal, between certain levels, usually to a great height. Construction cranes are subject to Technical Inspection, and therefore require a licence to operate.

Construction cranes can be classified by a number of features, such as:

  • crane drive type,
  • shaft construction,
  • control method,
  • the construction of the drive mechanism,
  • crane construction,
  • purpose.

You will get to know this detailed classification when you sign up for training at ERGON. Now, however, we will introduce you to the main criterion for the division by application of cranes.

Passenger crane - is responsible for transporting people only. It takes place vertically between the floors of buildings. The control panel is located inside the cabin and is accessible to everyone. It is the most ordinary lift found in buildings visited every day.

Freight crane - this type does not have a control panel inside the lift shaft as it is designed to carry only loads between floors of buildings. They are characterized by a self-supporting structure and semi-automatic operation. The operator of this type of lift has the task of loading the goods, closing the shaft and selecting the transport level. They are used in buildings where there are warehouses or production halls, and on construction sites as a temporary structure.

A goods-passenger crane - it has a similar application to a goods crane, but in this case people can stay in the lift shaft along with the goods. The control takes place from inside the cabin.

Hospital crane - as the name suggests, these lifts can be found in hospitals. It is used to transport people, hospital beds and medical equipment. It has functions designed for emergency driving.

The goods hoist - it is a different type of construction crane than the others. Its construction consists of a platform moved on a mast, which is attached to a mobile chassis and lowered in an inclined manner to the roof of the building. It is used to transport loads.


Who is the course for and how do I sign up for it?

The construction crane operator course is for anyone who meets the following requirements:

  • reaching the age of eighteen,
  • have a minimum of elementary education,
  • no health contraindications to exercising the profession.

This is all we are interested in, nothing more. Other information, such as your professional qualifications or what you have done so far, are only a guide for us to assign you to the right training group. We try to bring people with the same level of knowledge together in one team.

We also organise training for organised groups. So if you are a company owner and want to train your employees, you can do it together with ERGON.

In both cases the enrolment takes place by phone or e-mail. During the conversation an interview is conducted on the basis of which we agree the date and place of training. Price and other key information is provided upon enrolment.

Training programme

The aim of the training is to provide trainees with comprehensive knowledge in the operation and maintenance of construction cranes. The training programme is divided into theoretical and practical classes.

Theoretical classes include:Practical activities include:
  • knowledge of technical supervision
  • general concepts for transport and freight
  • subdivision and main parameters of lifts
  • construction of cranes
  • electrotechnology in crane construction
  • basic principles of equipment maintenance
  • discussion of health and safety issues relating to cranes
  • learning to operate cranes
  • activities before, during and after work
  • operation of machines by means of which the load is placed in the cab



Benefits the ERGON Centre gives you

In addition to a guaranteed amount of theoretical and practical instruction, ERGON has also prepared teaching materials for you, available on an online platform. There you will find instructional videos and sample theoretical tests. We believe that learning only in class is not always enough. By studying at home, you increase your chances of passing the exam. During the classes we provide you with the necessary equipment and constant supervision of the instructor. You can also count on a small snack. After the course, we help students to register for the final exam.


Where do we organise training?

ODK ERGON operates in four cities: Warsaw, Katowice, Bielsko-Biała and Krakow. We have a range of training courses available there. However, if you are interested in training for your employees and you are able to gather a specific group, we can come to you. This is not a problem for us, we try to reach all interested parties in the whole country. We agree the details during the enrolment process.


Wondering what the exam is like?

It consists, as well as the training, of two parts and takes place in front of a designated unit of the Office of Technical Inspection. During the theory you will be asked a set of 15 closed questions. Correctly answering 11 of them guarantees that you will pass the exam. If you pass this part, you can move on to practice, which is nothing more than a test of your knowledge of how to operate the equipment. It is important to note that the examiner may ask you follow-up questions to test your knowledge before proceeding with the assigned task. If you do not pass the practical tasks, you will unfortunately have to take the theoretical part again. Once you have passed this test, you can then work as a construction crane operator with the Office of Technical Inspection.

UDT authorisations for building cranes

Once qualified, the operator is able to work with cranes in two categories:

  • D I for building lifts (operation of goods and passenger building lifts and goods hoists)
  • D II licence to operate internal control and hospital lifts.

It is important to know that the authorisations of the UDT are not granted in perpetuity. They expire 10 years after being issued. When the period of validity expires, you should submit a request for the renewal of your licence. It is important to submit the application to the OTI unit no later than 3 months before the expiry date. The application can be submitted electronically or in hard copy. A prerequisite for renewal is that you have worked as an operator of the equipment for at least 3 years within the last 5 years.


Gain qualifications with ERGON!

The training we organise is conducted to the highest standards. We give you everything you need to pass your exam with flying colours. With us learning becomes easy, and this can be confirmed by 98% of our students, who recommend ERGON to their families. Our instructors have a wealth of experience and knowledge which they will pass on to you with passion and commitment. So we are waiting for you.