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Lift Director

How Do I Test?


Lift Director written exams and recertification exams may be taken in a traditional pencil-and-paper format at an approved NCCCO written exam test site.

Candidates desiring to sit for a pencil-and-paper written exam(s) should visit to see a schedule of upcoming Test Dates and Locations and then submit a completed Candidate Application form with the appropriate documentation to NCCCO’s testing partner IAI. Applications are due two weeks prior to the scheduled examination date. Application deadline examples are shown below. Information about the specific locations of the Test Sites will be available approximately four weeks prior to the examination. Candidates eligible to sit for the examination will receive an admission letter approximately one week before the scheduled test administration date.

Candidates Requesting Testing Accommodations

Arrangements for persons with disabilities will be provided upon request, in conformance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

Professional documentation in support of a request for accommodation must be submitted to NCCCO no later than four weeks prior to the scheduled test date. For further information about testing accommodations, see the complete NCCCO Testing Accommodations Policy.


To apply for pencil-and-paper exams, use the Candidate Application form. The Candidate Application with the appropriate fees, as well as any correspondence and requests for information concerning the administration of NCCCO examinations, should be sent to:

International Assessment Institute
Attention: NCCCO Testing
1960 Bayshore Blvd.
Dunedin, FL 34698

Check the application to ensure that all information provided is accurate and complete. In addition to the completed application, make sure that the appropriate fees are enclosed.

Candidates may also register for paper-and-pencil exams and pay online at:

Follow the directions carefully when filling in the required information. Incomplete applications, incorrect payment, and/or inaccurate documentation will delay the processing and incur additional fees. This could result in NOT being able to sit for the examination(s).


Please note that all deadlines are UPON RECEIPT deadlines. Candidates and Test Site Coordinators are solely responsible for making sure that completed and accurate applications reach International Assessment Institute by the stated deadlines.


The appropriate Written Exam fees must be enclosed with the Candidate Application. Checks and money orders payable to International Assessment Institute are preferred, but credit cards (VISA, MasterCard, or American Express) may also be used. Do not send cash. Please do not staple the check or money order to the application form, but do include payment in the envelope with all the other application materials.

All returned checks are subject to a $30 fee.

Written Exam Fees:
Lift Director Core Exam $150
Lift Director Mobile Crane Specialty Exam $150
Lift Director Tower Crane Specialty Exam $150
Mobile Operator Core Exam plus one Specialty or Mobile Core Exam only (Specialty passed)
Mobile Operator Core Exam plus two Specialty Exams
One Mobile Specialty Exam only (Core passed)
Two Mobile Specialty Exams (Core passed)
Tower Crane Operator Exam $165
Tower Crane Operator Exam (if currently
CCO-certified Mobile Crane Operator or
taking Mobile Crane Operator Core Exam
at the same time)
Rigger Level II Exam $95
Rigger Level II Exam (if currently CCO-certified card holder)

Other Fees:

An additional $50 late fee will be charged if the application is late.

An additional $25 will be charged if a candidate:

  • Wishes to reschedule without a valid reason (see Emergency Cancellations or Withdrawals)
  • Needs a duplicate/replacement certification card or score report

An additional $30 fee will be charged if:

  • An application form is incomplete
  • Full payment is not received or a check is returned
  • A credit card cannot be processed for any reason
  • A candidate wants to add to (or change) the exams he/she plans to take after scheduling has been completed (in addition to the exam fee)

All application materials must be received at International Assessment Institute’s office according to application deadlines.

Applications received after the main application deadline—but at least four business days prior to the exam administration date—can be accepted for an additional $50 late fee. For example, for a test administration on a Saturday, late applications that arrive at IAI’s testing office by 5 p.m. (ET) on the Monday evening prior to the test will be accepted.

Candidate applications that arrive after that time cannot be accepted. Walk-in candidates cannot be accepted under any circumstances.


Should a candidate be unable to sit for the examination, International Assessment Institute must receive notification in writing no later than seven business days prior to the examination date. Candidate fees will be held up to one year. When the candidate reschedules, he/she will need to pay an additional $25 rescheduling fee.

Candidates who wish to reschedule their NCCCO Written Examination(s) must notify International Assessment Institute and submit the necessary documentation and fees to International Assessment Institute by the deadline for the rescheduled test date.

Candidates withdrawing or canceling after the deadline or not sitting for the examination will forfeit all application fees and will NOT receive a refund.

Emergency Cancellations or Withdrawals

Only the following situations will be accepted as grounds for emergency cancellations or withdrawals:

  • Called to work—supporting documentation required: letter from employer
  • Candidate illness—supporting documentation required: doctor’s note
  • Family death—supporting documentation required: death certificate or obituary notice

Requests for medical and personal emergency withdrawals are handled by International Assessment Institute upon submission of a letter describing the situation. Full name, address, and social security number must be included along with the scheduled test date, site number, and supporting documentation indicated above.

International Assessment Institute MUST receive written notification within seven business days after the scheduled examination date or all application fees will be forfeited. Candidates will, however, be allowed to reschedule for a future examination administration.

Candidates will NOT receive a refund if they decide they no longer wish to take the test.


NCCCO Written Examinations are available for administration on demand with at least four weeks’ notice.


Tests can be applied for at any time as long as the application deadlines are adhered to. Sample deadlines shown below are for a test date of January 29.


For pencil-and-paper exams, approximately one week before the scheduled test date, registered and eligible candidates approved to take NCCCO Written Examinations will receive an admission letter by mail. The admission letter contains information regarding the test center address, the reporting time, the examination(s) the candidate is registered for, and the materials the candidate needs to bring on the day of the test administration. This admission letter must be presented at the Test Site to gain admittance to the examination(s).

No candidate will be allowed to sit for the examination unless he/she submits an admission letter valid for the specific test date.


Identification at the Test Site

In addition to an admission letter valid for the specific test date, candidates must bring valid photo identification to the test site on the day of the test administration. Candidates will be required to sign the test site roster upon entry to the testing area.

Acceptable forms of photo identification are:

  • Passport
  • Government–issued driver’s license
  • Military identification
  • U.S. government-issued alien registration card
  • Work identification

NOTE: Candidates without appropriate identification documents will NOT be admitted to take the NCCCO Written Examination(s) and all fees will be forfeited.

Materials to Bring to the Test Site

Each candidate must bring the following items to the test site:
  • Valid photo identification
  • Admission letter for the specific test date (recommended)
  • Two sharpened #2 pencils (to complete the examination answer sheet)
  • A good eraser

NOTE: No books, scratch paper, calculators, beepers, cellular phones, or other materials will be allowed in the examination room. A basic four-function calculator—which candidates will be allowed to keep—will be provided for use on the Lift Director—Mobile Cranes and Lift Director—Tower Cranes exams only.

Test Security

For the purpose of test security, candidates who sit for NCCCO examination(s) acknowledge that they understand the following:

  • This examination is the exclusive property of NCCCO.
  • This examination and the questions contained therein are protected by federal copyright law.
  • No part of the examination(s) may be copied or reproduced in part or whole by any means whatsoever, including memorization.
  • Theft or attempted theft of an examination booklet or any of its pages is punishable as a felony.
  • Candidate participation in any irregularity occurring during the examination, such as giving or obtaining unauthorized information or aid, as evidenced by observation or subsequent statistical analysis, may be sufficient cause to terminate participation, invalidate the results of the examination, or other appropriate remedy.
  • Candidates verify that they have successfully met the physical/medical requirements and are eligible to take this examination. If at any time it is confirmed that a candidate has not met all the requirements, the candidate will no longer be eligible for certification.
  • A candidate’s signature on the answer sheet for the administration of the examination confirms that the candidate has read and understands the above statements.

Candidate Question Comment Forms

Candidates can comment on the examination(s) as a whole or on specific items within an examination by writing their comments on the Candidate Question Comment Form. These comments should be accompanied by the candidate’s name (which is optional), the specific examination and question referred to, the site code, and the test date. Examination comments are reviewed by NCCCO content experts on a regular basis.

NOTE: Only comments completed on the Candidate Question Comment Form at the test site will be considered for review.


Test Scoring

NCCCO Written Examinations are criterion-referenced examinations; i.e., the passing score is set beforehand, and candidate performance on the examination is not compared to the performance of others taking the examination. In a criterion-referenced examination, a candidate must obtain a score equal to or higher than a predetermined passing score to pass the test. The passing scores represent absolute standards and are determined by panels of NCCCO content experts using a psychometrically accepted standard-setting methodology.

Score Reporting

NCCCO Written Examinations are electronically scored by International Assessment Institute. For this reason, it is important to complete the answer sheet according to the instructions provided by the Chief Examiner on the day of the exam. Candidates will receive credit only for answers recorded on the scannable answer sheet. Answers marked in the test booklet(s) will NOT be counted toward a candidate’s score.

All candidates will receive a score report of their performance. Examination results are mailed to candidates approximately 12 business days after the examination administration.

In reporting the examination results to candidates, statistical procedures are used to convert raw scores (i.e., the number of test questions answered correctly) to scaled scores, which are equivalent for all administrations of the examination(s). The scaled score is not a number-answered-correctly score.

Candidate results are reported as a scaled score, with a score of 70 representing the minimum passing score for this test. Written exam score reports include a strength and weakness report by content domain.

Candidate scores cannot be given over the telephone.

Hand Score Requests

Candidates not passing the examination(s) may request from International Assessment Institute a hand scoring of their answer sheets, provided the request is made in writing within three months of the test date. Requests must be accompanied by a processing fee of $25 for one failed test score or $50 for two or more failed test scores per test administration.

Requests should be mailed to:

International Assessment Institute
Attention: NCCCO Testing
1960 Bayshore Boulevard
Dunedin, FL 34698
Phone: 727-449-8525
Fax: 727-461-2746

In the event that the hand scoring of a failing candidate’s answer sheet results in a passing score, the hand-scoring fee(s) will be refunded in full.

Retaking the Examination(s)

Candidates who fail an examination(s) may retake the examination(s). Candidates will need to reapply and pay all corresponding retest fees.

Information Release Policy

NCCCO releases information pertaining to individuals who have successfully passed one or more NCCCO examinations according to its Information Release Policy.