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for certification include the following:
- Be at least 18
years of age
- Meet Physical
- Comply with CCO's
Substance Abuse Policy
- Pass Written Examination
- Pass Practical
Examination - Candidates must pass
the Written and corresponding Practical
examinations within a twelve month
- Comply with the Code of Ethics
examinations are designed for operators
who are trained and who currently
work in crane operation.
experience is defined as: operation,
maintenance, inspection or training.
Certified crane operators must continue to meet ASME B30.3 physical requirements throughout their certification period and attest to their agreement to those requirement in their application.
Means of compliance with ASME physical requirements include, but are not limited to the following:
- CCO Physical Examination Form (valid for three (3) years)
- A current DOT (Department of Transportation) Medical Examiner's Certificate (valid for two (2) years)
Tower Crane written exam consists
of a single examination in Tower Crane operation. This examination has 55 multiple-choice questions, six (6) of which are load chart questions. Candidates are allowed 60 minutes to complete the exam. Candidates meeting eligibility requirements may take the written and practical examinations in any order.
CCO Practical Examination demonstrating
crane operator proficiency may be
taken on the following crane types:
candidate must pass both the Written
and Practical examinations in order
to be certified for a five-year period.
Candidates must pass both Written and Practical Examinations to be certified for a five-year period. The Written and Practical Exams may be taken in either order. Candidates have 12 months from the time they pass their first Written or Practical Exam for each crane type in which to pass the corresponding (Written or Practical) Exam.
Any tests passed within a 12-month period count towards certification. For example, a candidate who fails the Tower Crane Operator Written Exam in January 2011 but passes the Tower Crane Operator Practical Exam in June 2011 has until May 2012 to retake and pass the Tower Crane Operator Written Exam.
certification is valid for five (5)
years. Candidates must complete
all of their recertification requirements
during the 12 months prior to their
expiration date. This includes:
- Passing the Written
- Continuing to
meet Physical Requirements
- Compliance with
CCO's Substance Abuse Policy
- Compliance with the Code of Ethics
who can document at least 1,000 hours
crane-related experience during their
period of certification do not need
to take the practical examination
to recertify. However, candidates
who do need to take the Practical
examination must do
so before their certification expires.
There is no "grace period" after the
date of expiration. Candidates whose
certification has lapsed must take
the full Written and Practical Examinations
over again in order to be recertified.
The Tower Crane Recertification Examination consist of 30 multiple choice questions with a time limit of 45 minutes.
Candidates are allowed two (2) attempts
to pass the Written Recertification
examination before their certification expires. Candidates who are
unsuccessful after two (2) attempts
must take and pass the regular Written
candidates may take their recertification
examination up to one (1) year prior
to their date of expiration.
Regardless of the date of the recertification
examination within that one year period,
the new five-year certification period
begins from the date of expiration
of the candidate's initial certification.
Candidates who recertify more than
12 months prior to their expiration
date will have their new expiration
period begin immediately, not from
the end of their current certification
examinations are available at regularly
scheduled test administrations.
Candidates wishing to recertify should
contact the Test Site Coordinator
who set up the initial certification
administration. Candidates whose
employment circumstances have changed
should ask their new employer to schedule
a test administration.
more information about recertification,
please contact CCO's Recertification
Department at (703) 560-2391 or via
email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
NCCCO’S Ethics and Discipline Committee is responsible for establishing and implementing standards of conduct, such as ethical standards and policies and procedures for disciplinary action. Grounds for revocation of certification status shall include, but not be limited to, the following:
- Period of certification exceeded without renewal
- Evidence of falsification of any information on any documents submitted to NCCCO or its agents
- Evidence of non-compliance with NCCCO’s Substance Abuse Policy
- Evidence of culpability in an accident during certification period
- Evidence of non-compliance with ASME B30 medical requirements
- Evidence of non-compliance with the Code of Ethics
NCCCO has established policies and procedures to address alleged violations of the Code of Ethics fairly and consistently. The complaints procedures have been designed to ensure that only valid and actionable complaints are investigated and considered. These procedures also ensure that all parties involved in the complaint have an opportunity to document circumstances warranting the complaint and to respond to the complaint.
NCCCO has a two-tier process to ensure that issues regarding the practice and conduct of certified crane operators are fairly and reasonably investigated and determined, and that the public is protected against unprofessional and unethical conduct by certificants.
Complaints against certificants are initially investigated by NCCCO’s Manager of Test Integrity, who reports to NCCCO’s Ethics and Discipline Committee. If the complaint is considered actionable, the Ethics and Discipline Committee informs both the certificant and the complainant of the official opening of the investigation. Following the investigation of the complaint, the Ethics and Discipline Committee informs the certificant and the complainant of its decision.
If a sanction is imposed, the certificant may request an appeal of the decision to the NCCCO Board of Directors. Appeals should be addressed to:
National Commission for the Certification of Crane Operators (NCCCO)
2750 Prosperity Avenue, Suite 505
Fairfax, VA 22031
The decision of the NCCCO Board of Directors is final.
is the policy of CCO that crane operators
shall not use a prescribed or over-the-counter
substance which would impair the ability
to operate cranes safely.
includes illegal drugs, controlled
substances (including trace amounts),
look-alike drugs, designer drugs,
or any other substance which may have
an effect on the human body of being
a narcotic, depressant, stimulant
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operator may use such a substance
or drug if it is prescribed by a licensed
medical practitioner who is familiar
with the operator's medical history
and all assigned duties, and who has
advised the operator that the prescribed
substance or drug will not adversely
affect the operator's ability to safely
operate a Tower Crane.
crane operators shall comply with
the substance abuse testing provisions
of ASME B30.3.
is a condition of certification that
crane operators certified by CCO attest
to their compliance with this Substance
Abuse Policy. Non-compliance with
this policy automatically revokes
a candidate's certification status.
operators receive a laminated photo
ID card at no cost when they certify
for the first time and when they complete
the requirements for recertification.
A certified operator may only hold one certification card at a time. If a candidate has previously certified in Mobile and/or Overhead cranes and subsequently becomes certified in Tower Cranes, (s)he may request an updated certification card.
Updated or replacement cards may be obtained
from International Assessment Institute
at a cost of $25.00. To order,
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candidates change their address they
must notify CCO as soon as possible.
Failure to do so may cause candidates
to miss important updates on the CCO
program that could affect their certification.
of address should be sent to International
Assessment Institute (IAI). They must
be in writing, but can be sent via
letter or fax. A form is provided
for this purpose in the Candidate
Handbook. Forms can be faxed
to 727-461-2746 or mailed to:
Cleveland St, Suite 900
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