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CERTIFICATION PROGRAMS

Mobile Crane Operator

Certification Overview


HOW TO BECOME CCO CERTIFIED

Visit How to Test for instructions on applying for and taking CCO Written and Practical Exams; visit How to Recertify for instructions on recertification. Complete instructions and exam applications are also contained in the Candidate Handbook for each program.

ELIGIBILITY

Requirements for CCO Mobile Crane Operator certification include the following:

  • Be at least 18 years of age 
  • Meet Medical Requirements 
  • Comply with NCCCO’s Substance Abuse Policy 
  • Pass Written Examinations (Core and at least one Specialty) 
  • Pass Practical Examination(s) - Candidates must pass the Practical exam within twelve months of passing the written examination 
  • Comply with the NCCCO Code of Ethics

EXPERIENCE

CCO certification exams are designed for operators who are trained and who currently work in crane operation.

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS

Certified crane operators must continue to meet ASME B30 physical requirements throughout their certification period and attest to their agreement to this requirement in their applications.

Means of compliance with ASME physical requirements include but are not limited to the following:

  • NCCCO Physical Examination Form (valid for three years)
  • A current DOT (Department of Transportation) Medical Examiner's Certificate (valid for two years)

CCO MOBILE CRANE OPERATOR WRITTEN EXAMINATIONS

The Mobile Crane Operator Written Examinations consist of a Core Examination in crane operation and up to four crane Specialty Examinations. Certification requires competency in both the Core and one or more Specialty designation(s).

The Core Examination has 90 multiple-choice questions. Candidates are allowed 90 minutes to complete the Core Examination. Each Specialty Examinations consists of 26 multiple-choice questions. Candidates are allowed 60 minutes to complete each Specialty Examination.

All candidates are required to take the Core Examination, regardless of the Specialty(s) in which they wish to be certified.

Written exams may be taken as either paper/pencil tests (PPT) or computer-based tests (CBT), as described under How to Test.

The NCCCO Written Specialty Examinations are:

  • Lattice Boom Crawler Cranes (LBC)
  • Lattice Boom Truck Cranes (LBT)
  • Telescopic Boom Cranes—Swing Cab (TLL)
  • Telescopic Boom Cranes—Fixed Cab (TSS)

Candidates must register for the Core and at least one of the Specialty Examinations. Candidates meeting the eligibility requirements may take the Written and Practical Examinations in any order.

CCO MOBILE CRANE OPERATOR PRACTICAL EXAMINATIONS

The Mobile Crane Operator Practical Examinations demonstrate crane operation proficiency and are available in three crane types:

  • Lattice Boom Cranes (covering both LBC and LBT)
  • Telescopic Boom Cranes—Swing Cab (TLL)
  • Telescopic Boom Cranes—Fixed Cab (TSS)

A candidate must pass the Written Core and at least one Specialty Examination as well as the corresponding Practical Exam(s) to be certified for a five-year period.

SHORT BOOM RESTRICTION

Candidates passing NCCCO practical exams on cranes not meeting minimum standardized boom configurations will have “Short Boom Restriction” added to their certification card for the crane designations for which they receive certification; for example, “Telescopic Boom Crane—Fixed Cab (Short Boom Restriction).”

CCO CERTIFICATION TIMEFRAMES

Candidates must pass Written Exams (Core + Specialty) and a Practical Exam in the designation(s) for which they seek certification. Candidates may take their Written and Practical Exams in any order.

Candidates have 12 months after they pass their first exam (Written or Practical) to pass the corresponding Written or Practical Exam(s) in the same designation(s). For example, a candidate passing the Written Exams (Core + Specialty) in the Telescopic Boom Cranes-Swing Cab (TLL) designation in January 2011 has until the end of January 2012 to pass the Telescopic Boom Cranes-Swing Cab (TLL) Practical Exam.

Any tests passed within a 12-month period count towards certification. For example, a candidate who passes the Written Core Exam in January 2011 and the Practical Exam in June 2011 but does not pass the corresponding Written Specialty Exam until February 2012 will then be required to retake (and pass) the Written Core Exam. The Practical Exam would count toward certification until the end of June 2012.

If a certified operator subsequently becomes certified in additional operator designations by taking the appropriate written and practical Specialty exams, the five-year certification period for the additional designations begins at the same time as he/she was originally certified (i.e., all operator designations expire on the same date, regardless of when in the five-year certification period the candidate passed them).

CERTIFICATION POLICIES

The following policies apply to all CCO certification programs:

These policies are also covered in the Candidate Handbooks for each program.

RECERTIFICATION REQUIREMENTS

NCCCO certification is valid for five years. Recertification candidates must complete all recertification requirements during the 12 months prior to their certification’s expiration date.

Get complete instructions on How to Recertify.

Candidates who are not certified in all Specialties may add a new Specialty at the same time as they take their Recertification Examinations by taking the full examination in that Specialty.

CCO CERTIFICATION CARDS

Certified 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. 

Please note that all operators with Telescopic Boom—Fixed Cab (TSS) certification also receive the Boom Truck—Fixed Cab (BTF) and Service Truck Crane (STC) certification designations because Boom Trucks and Service Truck Cranes are subcategories of Telescopic Boom—Fixed Cab cranes. Visit the appropriate Frequently Asked Questions page for additional information about the BTF and/or STC designations as they pertain to TSS certification.

Replacement cards, cards showing certification in an additional designation, or updated cards for candidates who retake and pass a designation they previously failed may be obtained from International Assessment Institute at a cost of $25. Cards may be ordered online or by contacting Jennifer at jennifer@iaiexam.com or 727-449-8525.