National Commission for the
Certification of Crane Operators
Committed to Quality, Integrity, and Fairness in Testing since 1995


Paper/Pencil Testing Sunsetting at End of 2023

November 14, 2023—Effective January 1, 2024, paper/pencil testing (PPT) will no longer be a standard option for taking CCO written exams. Starting in January, PPT will be available as a variance only. This means that PPT test administrations may be approved only in very limited circumstances when test site and area restrictions prohibit all other testing modalities. PPT test administration timelines will remain the same. This means that sites will need to plan a month or more ahead of time to arrange for a test administration and get approval from CCO. PPT candidates will still need to be registered at least two weeks prior to the exam date and wait up to three weeks to receive their exam scores. While PPT exam fees had been discounted in the past, as PPT moves to a variance-only modality in 2024, the discounts will no longer apply. For a complete list of CCO exams and their 2024 fees, visit