August 2010 – The National Commission for the Certification of Crane Operators (NCCCO) graduated several more practical examiners from its rigger and signalperson Practical Examiner Accreditation program at a combined workshop hosted recently by A. J. "Bud" Wilson of The Crane School in Orange City, FL.
Seven Practical Examiners from five states earned accreditation at the event, authorizing them to administer the practical test portion of the CCO Signalperson certification exam. Four of them stayed on for two more days and also earned their accreditation as Rigger Level I Practical Examiners.
NCCCO workshops train examiners to administer practical tests leading to certification for riggers and signalpersons, therby improving overall job site safety.
NCCCO’s Manager of Program Development Phillip Kinser led the Examiner training on the Rigger Level I program, including both classroom and hands-on learning. All prospective Examiners were also required to have passed the applicable written and practical exams for the accreditations they were seeking.
As probationary examiners, they now must have an NCCCO representative present at the first test they administer to ensure that all proper procedures are followed and that all certification candidates have an equal, fair chance to pass the certification exams.
Since NCCCO’s Signalperson certification was introduced in 2008, over 200 examiners have been accredited to administer the Signalperson Practical Exam. The Rigger certification program was introduced in April 2009, and more than 150 examiners have already been accredited.