March 2007 - The Board of Directors of the National Commission for the Certification of Crane Operators (NCCCO) has announced the Directors and Officers who will serve NCCCO during 2007.
Elected to the office of President for a third, one-year term is John Kennedy, Manitowoc Crane Group. Prior to being elected President in 2005, Kennedy served two terms as Secretary/Treasurer.
Ronald Schad, Essex Crane Rental, Buffalo Grove, IL, continues as Immediate Past President. Schad served the Board as President from 2002-2004.
J. Chris Ryan, Boh Bros. Construction, Baton Rouge, LA has been elected to the position of Secretary/Treasurer. Ryan has been a member of the Board since 2003. This is his third term as Secretary/Treasurer.
Elected to a one-year term as Vice President is Garry M. Higdem, CH2M Hill, Englewood, CO. Higdem has been a member of the Board since 1999 and has served as Vice President since 2002.
Kerry Hulse, Deep South Crane & Rigging, Houston, TX continues to serve the Board in the capacity of Chairman, Commissioners.
Other members of the Board are: Stephen Brown, International Union of Operating Engineers; Dale Daul, Travelers; Robert Steiner, Kelley Equipment Co. of Florida; and Gene Owens, Granite Construction, Watsonville, CA.
The National Commission for the Certification of Crane Operators (NCCCO) is a non-profit industry organization formed in January 1995 to develop effective performance standards for safe crane operation to assist all segments of construction and general industry. Since NCCCO began testing in April 1996, more than 250,000 written and practical exams have been administered to over 50,000 crane operators in all 50 states. Two-thirds of the states that have requirements for crane operators, require or recognize CCO certification.
CCO certification has been nationally accredited by the National commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA) since 1998. The NCCCO crane operator certification program is also the only program to be recognized by federal OSHA as meeting OSHA and ASME (ANSI) requirements for crane operator competency. The program is unique in that it is: third-party; independent of training; developed and supported by industry; a joint labor/management initiative; psychometrically sound; validated through peer review; and administered on a standardized, secure, nationwide basis.