Crane & Rigging Training & Certification

   FIRST® Sling Technology is a member of the
   Industrial Training  International
   Advanced Rigging Network - a training partnership
   providing world class crane and rigging training to customers like you.


 ACRA Enterprises, Inc.

        On-Site Training  

Jerry Klinke founded ACRA in 1995.  After serving in the US Marine Corps as an engineer, Jerry began his industrial career in 1976 working in the Nuclear Power Industry.  Ultimately, his diverse background and skills made him the ideal choice to manage the training programs for Skilled Trades at the Nuclear Training Center for American Electric Power.

Jerry is a contributor for industry publications and has written numerous articles on cranes, rigging and technical training issues.  He has been a frequent speaker on behalf of safety in the construction industry, promoting standardized testing and qualification of crane operators, riggers, and signalmen.  He is an Officer and Board Member for the Association of Crane & Rigging Professionals (ACRP) and is the Continuing Education Program Director for the training sessions offered by the organization.

Becket Training & Consulting

         On-Site Training

Dave Decker, President of Becket Training & Consulting has made a life time commitment to improving crane & rigging safety.  He has over 35 years' experience in every facet of crane & rigging including operations, maintenance, inspection, management, training and testing.  He remains actively involved in writing standards that guide crane users and regulatory bodies by serving on key committees and subcommittees of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME).

Dave started his career at the Philadelphia Shipyard as a crane mechanic.  Later, he went to the Navy Crane Center where he developed and managed the U.S. Navy's first comprehensive crane & rigging training program, serving 250 Navy bases around the world.  For these efforts he was awarded the Meritorious Civil Service Award, the highest honor given to a civilian.

ITI - Industrial Training International

         Woodlands, WA - Memphis, TN and On-Site Training

Starting in 1979, Mike Parnell enjoyed time with Wire Rope Corporation of America and River Rigging before he started Wire Rope & Rigging Consultants in 1986.  The Company was renamed Industrial Training International in 1995 due to the large amount of overseas work.  By listening to clients and seeing voids in the marketplace, Mike and the ITI crew developed a world-class set of programs often imitated by others around the world.

Mike is a member of ASME (American Society of Mechanical Engineers) serving on several Subcommittees and currently chairs both the B30.9 (Slings) and the P30 Main Committee (Lift Planning) and a Vice Chair of B30 Main Committee (Crane & Rigging).  He is the founder of ACRP (Association of Crane & Rigging Professionals), and has earned many industry certifications from organizations such as NCCCO (National Commission for the Certification of Crane Operators), CIC (Crane Institute Certification) and NCCER.  Parnell has testified in numerous cases as an expert witness for both depositions and courtroom testimonies.

In his home of Washington State, he is a member of the Washington State Rigging Regulations Task Force and still finds time to serve as an Eagle Scout.