The Crane Interest Group through the CPA are members of ESTA, the leading European association for the abnormal road transport and mobile crane rental industry and represents national trade associations whose members are mobile crane and access platform, rental and abnormal road transport companies. ESTA are member of the International Crane Stakeholders Assembly [ICSA] from across many countries including Australia, Japan, North America and Canada.

ETSA is further represented on various crane and heavy transport working groups inc. FEM and CEN e.g. EN13000. ESTA also has a library of publications and can be accessed at:

More information on ESTA can be found at

ESTA has also introduced a European Crane Operator Licence (ECOL) which had much input from CPA Technical Staff. It was introduced in 2019 to overcome the issue of each European member state having its own rules for the professional competence and certification of crane operators. These rules ranged from compulsory to optional and even to no rules at all. The differences can lead to confusion, have a negative impact on safety and also prevent the mobility of crane operators throughout Europe. For this reason, ESTA developed the ECOL programme of training, assessment and certification system for the optimum distribution of safe and qualified mobile crane operators within Europe.

More information on ECOL can be found at: