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CERTIFICATION PROGRAMS

Crane Inspector

Recertification

The following information applies specifically to the CCO Crane Inspector certifications.

CCO certification is valid for five years. Candidates must complete all of their recertification requirements during the 12 months prior to their certification’s expiration date. This includes:

Candidates who can attest to at least 1,000 hours crane inspection–related experience during their period of certification are eligible to recertify by taking the corresponding Crane Inspector recertification exams; if they cannot attest to at least 1,000 hours of crane inspection–related experience, they must instead re-take the initial Crane Inspector exams to recertify. Crane inspection–related experience is defined as: crane inspection, crane inspection management/supervision, assembly/disassembly activities, and inspection training.

As with initial certification, there is no requirement for a Practical Examination for recertification. To recertify, CCO-certified Mobile and Tower crane inspectors must complete the Core Recertification Exam as well as the recertification exam for the specialty(ies) they are currently certified as (Mobile Crane Inspector and/or Tower Crane Inspector). CCO-certified Overhead Crane Inspectors must only complete the Overhead Crane Comprehensive Recertification Exam.

Recertification candidates take recertification examinations that correspond to the exams they took to earn their initial Crane Inspector certification (see table):

  • The Crane Inspector Core Recertification Examination has 25 multiple-choice questions with a time limit of 30 minutes.
  • The Crane Inspector Mobile Crane Specialty Recertification Examination has 25 multiple-choice questions with a time limit of 45 minutes.
  • The Crane Inspector Tower Crane Specialty Recertification Examination has 20 multiple-choice questions with a time limit of 30 minutes.
  • The Crane Inspector Overhead Crane Comprehensive Recertification Examination has 35 multiple-choice questions with a time limit of 45 minutes.

Currently CCO-certified operators are not required to take the corresponding operator exam(s), as long as they maintain their certification status in good standing. Otherwise, corresponding written operator exams are required for either recertification or for adding additional Crane Inspector specialties.

Recertification candidates are allowed two attempts to pass the Recertification Written Exam before their certification expires. Candidates who are unsuccessful after two attempts must take and pass the regular exams.

Recertification candidates may take their Recertification Written Examination up to one year prior to their certification’s expiration date. 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.

Note: Candidates who recertify more than 12 months prior to their expiration date will have their new certification period begin immediately, not from the end of their current certification period.

Recertification Exams are available at regularly scheduled paper/pencil test administrations as well as via computer-based testing. Candidates wishing to recertify should contact the Test Site Coordinator who set up their initial certification. Candidates whose employment circumstances have changed should ask their new employer to schedule a test administration. Candidates may also locate open paper/pencil Written Exam Test Sites or apply online for computer-based testing.

For Recertification Exam fees, visit the Crane Inspector Exam Fees page.

Get complete instructions on How to Recertify