As per MV Act Heavy Motor Vehicle License is issued to drive heavy vehicles like trucks, buses, tourist coaches, cranes, goods carriages, etc.
Note that the above license is for motor vehicles which include mobile cranes. Not for tower cranes which is a fixed one.
Your tower crane operator requires training and competency test certification from the crane manufacturer or supplier and not a license from MV Department. For tower crane which fixed at one place of construction operator don’t need a license.
If you are using mobile cranes and it moves on public places/roads the operator of those mobile cranes require licenses. Though the mobiles cranes are used only in private places it is recommended to have licensed operators from safety point of view and not on the basis of statutes.
13th July 2010 From India, Kollam
Crane operators run heavy equipment machinery at construction sites to transport materials, remove earth or knock down walls. These operators sit in the cabs of machines and control the speed and movement of cranes using levers, pedals, switches and dials. Types of cranes include tower cranes, overhead cranes and mobile cranes.
• Crane operators must complete an apprentice program that combines academic coursework with on-the-job training. Apprentices must complete 144 hours of classroom work that focuses on the theory behind how cranes work, communication with workers using hand signals and radios, safety procedures and operating guidelines.
• Applicants to apprentice programs must be at least 18 years of age and have a high school diploma or GED. Individuals are also required to pass a drug test. In addition to being in good physical condition and having 20/20 corrected vision, prospective crane operators must have good manual dexterity and be able to judge spaces accordingly.
• Because cranes and other heavy equipment have sophisticated computer and electrical systems, it's important for crane operators to be technologically proficient and understand hydraulics and computerized controls.
• Prospective operators must have a commercial driver's license, which allows them to haul their equipment to and from locations. Licensing credentials are issued by the state and require applicants to complete a written and practical exam demonstrating their ability to operate a crane safely. Certification is available through the National Commission for the Certification of Crane Operators. While not required, certification does show potential employers the skills and abilities of a crane operator.
14th July 2010 From India, Ahmadabad