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Heavy Machinery License

In order to obtain a heavy machinery license, a theoretical course for the machine in question must be completed. This is followed by practical training. Finally, a practical test is taken managed by the Administration of Occupational Safety and Health.

General

Everyone who intends to operate heavy machinery in Iceland must have the required certifications. In order to obtain a heavy machinery license, a theoretical course on the heavy machinery category in question must be completed. After that, practical training is carried out under the guidance of a supervisor, and finally a practical examination is taken at the AOSH.

  • The AOSH holds primary courses and construction crane courses that end with a theoretical exam and gives the right to start practical training under the supervision of an accredited supervisor.
  • Driving schools and others that have been certified by the AOSH hold so-called basic courses. Basic courses cover all heavy machinery categories. They end with a theoretical exam that gives the right to start practical training under the supervision of an accredited supervisor.
  • The person who provides practical training in the workplace must have teaching certifications on heavy machinery. To facilitate practical training, the AOSH has issued a checklist for practical training on heavy machinery.
  • At the end of practical training in the workplace, a practical test is carried out at the workplace. You need to contact the AOSH and book an examiner.
  • The AOSH also has facilities for practical training and taking practical exams in special simulators. You need to contact the AOSH to make an appointment for a simulator.
  • At the end of the practical test, a heavy machinery license is applied for, which gives the right to operate a specified machine. An application for a heavy machinery license must be accompanied by a copy of a driving license. In addition to the traditional version of heavy machinery certificates, it is also possible to get issued a digital machine certificate.
  • When applying for a crane license, for categories A, B, C, D and P, a medical certificate must be presented.

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Issued Heavy Machinery Licenses From Another EEA Member State

If a foreign employee has been issued a heavy machinery license from another EEA member state and they intend to operate heavy machinery in Iceland, the employee must have their rights recognized by the AOSH in accordance with the Act on the Recognition of Professional Education and Qualifications for Work in Iceland.

The following documents must accompany the application for a license to use foreign heavy machinery certifications:

  • The rights which are to be recognized must be filled out (see page 2 of the application for a license to use a foreign
    heavy machinery license for cranes, forklifts and/or mobile machinery below).
  • Copy of driving license
  • Copy of a foreign heavy machinery license
  • Documents showing the number of hours in theoretical and practical teaching due to foreign certifications.
  • All documents must be translated into Icelandic or English for all languages except Danish, Norwegian or Swedish.
  • When applying for a crane license, for categories A, B, C, D and P, a medical certificate must be presented.

Medical Certificate With Application for Crane License

The certificate must confirm the following:

  • Vision: ≥ 0.8 in the better eye and ≥0.1 in the worse eye
  • Visual field normal
  • Hearing normal
  • Physical bearing normal and unobstructed
  • The applicant is otherwise healthy and has no illness, nor is taking medication or other substances that interfere with judgment or may cause sudden loss of consciousness. Certificates must be less than six months old.

Instead of a medical certificate, a certificate of a commercial driving license that is younger than 6 months can be presented.

Categorization of Heavy Machinery Certifications

The first letter in the number of the heavy machinery category is called the main category and is also a connection to the certification license of the operator of the machine. Thus, the holder of a certificate can see from the registration number of a machine whether they have certifications for the machine in question.

A – Tower cranes and construction cranes
B – Mobile cranes larger than 18 tonnes
D – Cranes 18 ton meters or smaller
E – Excavators larger than 4 tons
F – Wheel loaders
G – Bulldozers
H – Graders
I – Tractors and smaller mobile machines
J – Forklifts with a capacity of 10 tonnes or less
K – Forklifts with a capacity of more than 10 tonnes
L – Rollers
M – Asphalt-laying machines
P- Loading cranes with a capacity of 18 tonnes or less

Frequently Asked Questions

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