January 2009 – A combined NCCCO mobile and tower crane Practical Examiner Accreditation Workshop was hosted by IUOE Local 825 this summer, in Dayton, New Jersey. The 22 participants represented nine (9) states, including Alabama, California, Georgia, Maryland, New Jersey, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and Washington. The Mobile and Tower workshops were held over a five-day period at the Local 825 training site, close by the New Jersey Turnpike.
Director of Training, Len Hull, noted that there were now have seven examiners on staff available for CCO Practical testing and that plans were in hand to send five examiners to be trained for the new NCCCO Signalperson certification program. Hull also noted that Local 825 was testing New York City crane operators in response to New York City's new licensing requirements for licensees to be CCO-certified.
Mobile Workshop participants from nine states were trained recently in New Jersey to administer CCO mobile and tower practical examinations.
The NCCCO accreditation workshops provide training for experienced certified operators who wish to administer NCCCO practical exams under strict psychometric guidelines. The workshops lay the foundations for exam administrations and instruct the examiner candidates in the basics of exam validity and reliability as well as critical test design and the avoidance of bias in test design and administration.
The International Union of Operating Engineers (IUOE) Local 825 has nearly 8,000 members in the states of New Jersey and New York. The State of New Jersey requires crane operators who operate cranes with a maximum capacity of 10 tons or more to hold a New Jersey Crane Operators License. In order to apply for the license, crane operators must be certified by the National Commission for the Certification of Crane Operator (NCCCO).
Tower crane examiner candidates learn how to verify all site layout requirements have been met prior to the site being given permission to test.
The training site at Local 825 has many cranes that are used for training, but three specific cranes are generally used for the CCO mobile testing program. The Manitowoc 222 Lattice Boom Crawler can be used for either the Lattice Boom Crawler or Lattice Boom Truck specialty category. A Grove RT 528 C serves as the testing crane for the large telescopic swing cab crane and the JLG 1500 boom truck serves to meet the small fixed cab telescopic crane category. The Local 825 training site also has a Liebherr 132 HC tower crane that is used for training and testing, as well as a Manitowoc 3900 for those candidates that want to take their lattice boom tests on a conventional lattice boom crane.