Welcome to the CCO Overhead Crane Operator certification program. The NCCCO Overhead Crane Task Force that determined the content of these certification exams was made up of experts from all aspects of the crane industry—crane operators, training directors, managers, supervisors, manufacturers—who together represent many thousands of hours of crane-related experience. These volunteers gave freely of their time and expertise with the primary goal of improving the safety of all whose work brings them into contact with cranes and lifting equipment.
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, exam contents, and candidate applications are also contained in the Candidate Handbook for each program.
Requirements for certification include the following:
- Be at least 18 years of age
- Meet Physical Requirements
- Comply with NCCCO's Substance Abuse Policy
- Pass Written Examination
- Pass Practical Examination (Candidates must pass the Written and corresponding Practical examination within a 12-month timeframe.)
- Comply with the Code of Ethics
NCCCO certification exams are designed for operators who are trained and who currently work in crane operation.
Candidates must comply with ASME B30.2 physical requirements throughout their certification period and attest to their agreement to this 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 years)
- A current DOT (department of Transportation) Medical Examiner's Certificate (valid for two years)
CCO WRITTEN EXAMINATIONS
Candidates may take their Written and Practical Exams in either order. Candidates have 12 months from the time they pass the initial Written or Practical Exam they take to pass the corresponding (Written or Practical) exam.
CCO PRACTICAL EXAMINATIONS
The CCO Practical Examination demonstrating crane operator proficiency is available in either of the following Overhead Crane types:
- Cab Operated
- Pendant/Remote Control
A candidate must pass both the Written and Practical examinations to be certified for a five-year period.
CCO CERTIFICATION TIME FRAMES
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 Overhead Crane Operator Written Exam in January 2015 but passes the Overhead Crane Operator Practical Exam in June 2015 has until the end of June 2016 to retake and pass the Overhead Crane Operator Written Exam.
If a certified operator subsequently becomes certified in an additional operator designation by taking the appropriate written and practical exams, the certification period for the additional designation expires at the same time his/her original certification (i.e., all operator designations expire on the same date, regardless of when in the five-year certification period the candidate passed them). If the new designation is added within the final 24 months of his/her certification period, the certificant is exempt from recertifying for the new designation after five years; after that, however, certificants must recertify for all designations during the 12 months prior to their certifications’ expiration date. This ensures that all of the certificant’s operator designations maintain the same expiration date.
The following policies apply to all CCO certification programs:
These policies are also covered in the Candidate Handbooks for each program.
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.
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 NCCCO at a cost of $25. Cards may be ordered online or by contacting Jennifer at email@example.com or 727-449-8525.
CCO certification is valid for five years. Candidates must complete all of their recertification requirements during the 12 months prior to their expiration date.
Review recertification requirements for Overhead Crane Operators.
Get complete instructions on How to Recertify.
The National Commission for the Certification of Crane Operators gratefully recognizes the sponsors of the Overhead Crane Operator Certification Program:
Crane Manufacturers Association of America (CMAA)
American Crane & Equipment Corp.
Demag Cranes & Components
Morris Material Handling
OMI Hoist & Crane
Virginia Crane (Foley Material Handling)
ACE World Companies
Capco Crane & Hoist