How to Recertify
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. This includes:
All candidates are allowed two attempts to pass their Recertification Written Exam(s) before their certification expires. Candidates who are unsuccessful after two attempts must take and pass the regular certification Written Exam(s).
Operator candidates who can attest to at least 1,000 hours crane-related experience during their period of certification do not need to take the Practical Exam to recertify. Crane-related experience is defined as: operating, maintaining, inspecting, or training on cranes. (Rigger Level I and/or Rigger Level II certificants do not need to take a Practical Examination for recertification, nor do they need to attest to having 1,000 hours of crane-related experience. Signalperson certificants must take only a Practical Exam to recertify; no written exam is required.)
Recertification candidates who need to take the Practical Exam for any reason, however, must do so before their certification expires. There is no grace period after their certification expires. Candidates whose certification has lapsed must take both the regular Written and Practical Examinations again to be certified again.
Recertification candidates may take their Recertification Written Examinations up to one year prior to their certification’s date of expiration. 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 CCO Written Exam Test Sites and take their Recertification Exam(s) there.
To apply for traditional pencil/paper Recertification Exams, complete the Recertification Exam Candidate Application in appropriate Candidate Handbook or apply online. To apply for computer-based Recertification Exams, apply online.
Candidates may add a new certification at the same time as they take their Recertification Examinations by taking the full examination for the new certification.