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CERTIFICATION PROGRAMS

Crane Inspector

Tower Crane Inspector Exam Outline

The Tower Crane Specialty examination portion of the NCCCO Crane Inspector Written Examination tests the following knowledge areas relating to tower cranes:

Domain 1: Pre-Inspection Survey
Approximately 10% of test

Domain 2: Records Review
Approximately 10% of test

Domain 3: Visual Inspection
Approximately 50% of test

Domain 4: Operational Testing
Approximately 20% of test

Domain 5: Load Testing
Approximately 10% of test

DOMAIN 1: PRE-INSPECTION SURVEY

  • Knowledge of the standards and regulations applicable to crane inspection, including, but not limited, to ASME B30 and OSHA
  • Have specific knowledge of cranes, including:
    • Configuration/types
    • Terminology
    • Applications
    • Components

DOMAIN 2: RECORDS REVIEW

  • Know what engineering documentation must be provided for:
    • Foundation/base engineering
    • Tie-in to host structure engineering
    • Manufacturer specific

DOMAIN 3: VISUAL INSPECTION

  • Know and understand systems, including, but not limited to:
    • Pneumatic
    • Hydraulic
    • Mechanical
    • Electrical
    • Structural
  • Know the requirements for access and egress
  • Knowledge in proper operation of:
    • Safety devices
    • Operational aids
  • General knowledge of wire rope, including
    • Rejection criteria
    • Reeving specifications
    • Termination hardware
  • General knowledge of the manufacturer’s limitations, including, but not limited to, signage

DOMAIN 4: OPERATIONAL TESTING

  • Knowledge of crane signals
    • Hand signals
    • Voice signals
  • Knowledge necessary to verify the accuracy of operational aids
  • Knowledge of control characteristics/functions

DOMAIN 5: LOAD TESTING

  • Knowledge and understanding of differences between types of load tests, including:
    • Proof
    • Stability
    • Structural
    • Line pull
    • Devices