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How Do I Test? Rigger Level I and II Practical Exam


Candidates must pass a Practical Exam to be certified. Candidates may take their Written and Practical Exams in either order. Candidates have 12 months after they pass their first exam (Written or Practical) in which to pass the corresponding Written or Practical Exam.


Certified Rigger Level I Practical Exam

The Practical Examination is comprised of four main tasks that increase progressively in the skill level tested. Candidates’ skills are tested in demonstrating pre-use rigging inspection, rigging hitches, rigging connections, and basic knots. There are no time limits in the Rigger Level I Practical Exam.

Certified Rigger Level II Practical Exam

The Rigger Level II Practical Examination is comprised of two tasks. Candidates’ skills are tested in performing a level lift and rigging frame rotation. Candidates are allowed 15 minutes to complete the level lift task and 30 minutes to complete the frame rotation task.


Candidates for the Practical Examinations should contact their Test Site Coordinator to determine the date of the next scheduled Practical Exam. Alternatively, candidates may contact NCCCO for this information.

Candidates must bring their completed Candidate Application forms with them to their scheduled examination, along with any required supporting materials.


Candidates must report to the Test Site at the scheduled time. All candidates shall comply with Test Site requirements concerning personal protective equipment (PPE), which at a minimum shall meet OSHA requirements.


Candidate performance on the Practical Examination is recorded by Practical Examiners accredited by NCCCO. Examiner requirements include meeting NCCCO requirements for certification, passing the Written and Practical Exams, and successfully completing an accreditation workshop.

The testing procedure has been developed to provide the highest degree of standardization and reliability. The Examiner’s task is primarily to record the performance of the candidate.

Candidates may lose points through operational errors in both the Level I and Level II Practical Exam(s). The scoring of candidates’ performances is done off site at the facilities of International Assessment Institute.


All candidates receive a score report of their performance. Examination results are mailed to candidates approximately 12 business days after the receipt of the Practical Examination score sheets by International Assessment Institute.

Please note that while Practical Examiners are encouraged to expedite the shipping of score sheets after each test administration, they may batch score sheets from several test administrations over a number of days. This means that candidates may receive their score reports from IAI more than three weeks after their test administration.

Both the Practical Examination and the scoring system have been validated by NCCCO’s pilot testing program and verified by International Assessment Institute. Practical Exam results for Rigger Level I and Level II exams are reported to candidates on a scaled score of 70. Candidates must pass each task in the Rigger Level II Practical Exam to achieve an overall passing score.


The Rigger Level I Practical Exam fee for rigger-only candidates is $95 each. The Practical Exam fee for current NCCCO certification card holders is $50 each for either the Rigger Level I or Rigger Level II exam. Retest fees are the same as for first-time exams. The appropriate fees must be submitted with your application through your Test Site Coordinator.


Candidates not passing the examination(s) may request from International Assessment Institute a hand scoring of their answer sheets. Requests must be made in writing within three months of the test date and must be accompanied by a processing fee of $25 for each test requested.

Hand scored practical exam reports include details of a candidate’s performance on each task.

Requests should be mailed to:

International Assessment Institute
Attention: CCO Testing
1960 Bayshore Boulevard
Dunedin, FL 34698
Phone: (727) 449-8525
Fax: (727) 461-2746

In the event that the hand scoring of a failing candidate’s answer sheet results in a passing score, the hand-scoring fee will be refunded in full.