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Crane Institute of America will host the Midwest Regional crane operator skills qualifier on Monday, Sept. 28, 2015, in Louisville, Ky.

It will be the last chance for crane operators to qualify for the 2014-2015 Crane Operator & Rigger Championship, which will be held the next day, also in Louisville, during the International Construction and Utility Equipment Exposition (ICUEE).

The best two operators from the Midwest Regional skills competition on Monday, Sept. 28, will advance to the Championship the next day at ICUEE, where finalists from around the country will compete for the $10,000 grand prize.

Operators will compete on an Altec AC45-127 boom truck, sponsored by Altec, Inc. The crane will be setup on SafetyTech DR42-2 outrigger pads supplied by DICA.

Competition standards and scoring are designed by Crane Institute Certification and administered by CIC practical examiners. The competition includes three crane operation challenges to assess load-handling skills. An additional 20% of the overall score assesses the operator’s knowledge of basic rigging principles, including inspection and selection of appropriate rigging, with challenges designed by Columbus McKinnon Corp.

Crane Institute of America will award cash prizes of $300, $200, and $100 to the top three, and admission to ICUEE to the top two regional finishers. Space is limited. Priority given to pre-registered operators. There is a $50 registration fee per operator.

Date: Sept. 28, 2015

Location: Papa John's Cardinal Center

Green Lot C, S. Floyd Street, Louisville, Ky.

Enter parking lot from Floyd St., South of Central Ave.

Register at www.cicert.com/news/regional-events/

Photo Caption: The slalom challenge requires weaving the barrel through a course. This operator is shown competing at Crane Institute’s 2013 Skills Competition held near Orlando, Florida.