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Policy Statements

Training Policy

Because of its third-party status as an independent provider of certification, the National Commission for the Certification of Crane Operators (NCCCO) does not offer training. Third-party providers of services are generally prohibited from offering any related service because of a potential conflict of interest in the outcome of the certification process.

Nevertheless, NCCCO considers training to be vital to the certification process. Indeed, one of its principal aims has been to stimulate the recognition for the need for professional instruction in the knowledge and skills that define crane operator competency.

NCCCO recommends that any candidate or instructor desiring to prepare for CCO certification exams utilize the study materials listed in the appropriate Candidate Handbook and carefully review the Knowledge Areas (Written Exam Outlines) listed there. NCCCO strongly urges employers or candidates seeking training to submit the appropriate NCCCO Knowledge Areas to any training firm they are considering to be sure that the curriculum matches the knowledge tested on the CCO exams.

Training Companies

While NCCCO is unable to recommend or endorse any particular training company, a listing of training companies that have indicated they offer preparatory training for the CCO certification exams is maintained on the NCCCO website. Such companies are permitted to use the CCO logo and/or acronym with permission in accordance with CCO’s stated policy (see Use of CCO Logo). As more fully explained on the Training Providers page, no endorsement of the programs offered is implied. Furthermore, this list does not necessarily include all training companies offering preparatory training.

Training companies are permitted to host written CCO exam administrations; however, no training may be conducted at any CCO test site within one hour of a scheduled written examination. This requirement, which applies to all CCO written test sites nationwide, is designed to reaffirm the separation between the training and testing processes; it also prevents interaction on test day between training and testing personnel.

Further guidance on identifying appropriate sources of training is available on the NCCCO webpage “Why Training Is Key.”

Click here to see a list of training companies listed by state.