ECOL concludes landmark British Columbia deal

Crane operators holding a European Crane Operators Licence (ECOL) will be able to work in British Columbia, Canada – and vice versa – without undertaking additional training following the conclusion of a ground-breaking agreement last week.

ESTA’s ECOL scheme has signed a Mutual Recognition Agreement (MRA) with the British Columbia Association for Crane Safety (BCACS).  The move followed a meeting of the ECOL Expert Committee in May. The meeting – held electronically due to COVID-19 – agreed to an alignment of standards between ECOL and the BCACS. The two sides then signed a formal MRA, a process that was completed on July 8. For the full story, go to the ECOL website at