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Call for Volunteers: Crane Inspector Task Force Members Needed to Develop New Certification Program

June 2010  – The National Commission for the Certification of Crane Operators (NCCCO) has announced plans to develop a new certification program for crane inspectors, also known as “crane certifiers” or “crane surveyors.” These crane experts ensure that cranes are installed and maintained correctly and remain fit for duty throughout their service life. Volunteers for the Task Force that will develop the new program are currently being sought, so that program development can begin this summer.

Subject matter experts who would like to participate on the Task Force are encouraged to download an application form here.

The Crane Certification Association of America (CCAA) will jointly develop with NCCCO the new national certification program for crane inspectors. CCAA’s membership of crane safety and inspection experts will team with the NCCCO community on a Task Force that will provide valuable resources throughout the program development process. “We are delighted to be joining NCCCO in creating a certification program for crane inspectors based on professionally developed assessment tools that will effectively test the knowledge required to certify cranes as meeting prevailing national standards,” said CCAA President Ed Shapiro.

Experts in their respective fields will staff the Task Force and will be guided by psychometric consultants from International Assessment Institute (IAI), the testing services company that has provided exam development and administration services to NCCCO since 1999. Other experts will serve as item writers to develop the actual exam questions. As with the current programs, a professional job task analysis will be conducted to serve as the foundation for exam development activities.

NCCCO Program Manager Joel Oliva stated that development would begin in the third quarter of 2010 and continue throughout the year. “We have developed an aggressive schedule, with five subject matter expert meetings anticipated this year alone, beginning this summer,” he said. “Thanks to the work already done on the Washington State Crane Inspector program, which NCCCO developed in conjunction with Washington’s Depart of Labor and Industry, development of the Crane Inspector Program could be largely complete by the second quarter of 2011.”

“The success of NCCCO’s certification programs for crane operators and other personnel has led to industry requests for another critical piece of the lifting industry, crane inspectors,” said NCCCO President, John M. Kennedy, Manitowoc Crane Group, Manitowoc, WI. “Given the widespread adoption of its crane programs and the endorsements they have garnered, the industry clearly believes that NCCCO is the appropriate entity to develop and administer this new program.”

NCCCO Commission Chairman, Kerry Hulse, Operations Manager of Deep South Crane & Rigging, Houston, TX, said that the new program would draw on three major resources: industry support, subject matter expertise, and psychometric guidance. “All elements of the new programs will be developed according to the strict psychometric standards that have been a hallmark of NCCCO’s certification programs since their inception,” he said. “The resulting certification process will be valid, reliable, and legally defensible.”

Hulse noted that NCCCO would be seeking accreditation for the new program once completed, such as it has achieved for its other certifications. “Accreditation from a national personnel certification accreditation body such as ANSI is an indicator of a level of quality that is simply not available from every testing program that aspires to ‘certify’ individuals.”

As with existing NCCCO programs, Hulse added, the new crane inspector certifications would meet all prevailing ANSI and OSHA standards. “We’ll have the revised federal rule that OSHA is preparing very much in mind,” said Hulse, “Employers and crane owners can be confident that CCO certification will comply with all current and future state and federal requirements.”

NCCCO Executive Director, Graham Brent, said, “Employers and candidates have a right to expect that the exams they or their employees are taking are fair and accurate, and that they have been developed to the very highest professional standards of test construction and administration.”

NCCCO will model the development of the new programs on its existing certification programs, Brent added. “Our certification models have been very successful in the eyes of the industry, and NCCCO will continue to use those principles to build the crane inspector certification program.”

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 500,000 written and practical exams have been administered to over 72,000 crane operators in all 50 states. Over two-thirds of the states that have requirements for crane operators require or recognize CCO certification.