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


Be a Difference Maker!

Unleash Your Potential by Volunteering for a CCO Committee!

May 6, 2024—Join the ranks of the industry’s finest by serving on a CCO Exam Management Committee (EMC). We’re calling for passionate individuals ready to shape the future of CCO certifications.

As a volunteer, you’ll be at the heart of our success. For 28 years, our volunteers have been the driving force behind our industry-leading certifications. Today we’re backed by nearly 150 volunteers, each bringing decades of invaluable industry experience.

Our CEO, Thom Sicklesteel, says it best: “Our volunteers are the Difference Makers of our industry. By lending their expertise, they enhance safety, reduce risk, improve performance, and recognize professionals in the load handling equipment industry.”

Why Volunteer?

  • Share your knowledge and give back to the community.
  • Boost safety across industries using load-handling equipment.
  • Amplify your voice and become an industry thought-leader.
  • Influence the direction of CCO programs.
  • Network with other industry professionals.

Who Can Apply?

We’re looking for individuals who:

  • Have experience in load handling equipment-related activities.
  • Are skilled in working within a consensus-building environment and a committee structure.
  • Possess strong interpersonal and communication skills.
  • Are committed to the CCO mission.

EMC members are chosen based on their ability to make contributions in the area of expertise they represent. All committee members will uphold the confidentiality, assignment, and conflict of interest requirements. Note, this is a volunteer position. While we can’t offer compensation or travel expense reimbursement, most meetings occur virtually, with occasional in-person gatherings.

Open Positions

We’re currently seeking to fill the following positions for the specified terms:

Position Term
Articulating Crane Operator Exam Management Committee (ACMC)

7/1/2024 – 6/30/2025

Crane Inspector Exam Management Committee (CIMC)

7/1/2024 – 6/30/2025

Digger Derrick Operator Exam Management Committee (DDMC)

7/1/2024 – 6/30/2025

Lift Director Exam Management Committee (LDMC)

7/1/2024 – 6/30/2025

Pile Driver Operator Exam Management Committee (PDMC)

7/1/2023 – 6/30/2024

Signalperson Exam Management Committee (SPMC)

7/1/2024 – 6/30/2025

Tower Crane Operator Exam Management Committee (TCMC)

7/1/2024 – 6/30/2025

Telehandler Operator Exam Management Committee (TOMC)

7/1/2024 – 6/30/2025

About CCO EMCs

Our EMCs are responsible for developing and maintaining CCO examinations, ensuring they are valid and reliable. With 29 certification designations across 14 programs, we offer the industry’s most comprehensive portfolio of personnel certifications.

Ready to Make a Difference?

If you’re interested in serving on an EMC, review the Duties and Responsibilities of CCO Exam Management Committees below and submit your completed application packet to by May 17, 2024. Join us and become a Difference Maker today!


Candidates must submit the following documents by close of business on May 17, 2024:

  • Completed Exam Management Committee Application
  • Current resume
  • A signed copy of the Agreement of Confidentiality, Assignment and Conflicts of Interest (included with application form, above)


  1. Committee members are responsible for:
    1. Monitoring the performance of certification exams
    2. Suggesting revisions to testing procedures
    3. Providing input and insight from the industry to improve and grow the certification program
    4. Overseeing item writing and/or practical exam task design, cut score setting, and publication of exam forms
    5. Overseeing program revisions (e.g., job task analysis revalidation and content outline updates)
    6. For committees that include oversight of a practical exam, monitoring practical test site and practical examiner growth and practical audit reporting
  2. Members of all CCO committees are responsible for participating in the committee meetings to which they are appointed. Failure of committee members to participate in committee meetings may result in removal from service. 
  3. An annual review of committee members will be conducted by the Committee Chair.  The primary purpose of the annual review of EMC members is to identify the committee members that have not participated (i.e. low attendance). This exercise provides the Committee Chairs an opportunity to evaluate committee members’ performance and attendance, and to recommend members for removal and replacement.
  4. Exam Committee Members may nominate individuals to serve as Alternates in their place.Alternate Committee members may attend and represent the EMC member at meetings on their behalf when, for legitimate circumstances as determined by CCO staff and the Committee Chairman, the committee member is unable to participate.Alternate EMC members must complete an Alternate EMC Member Application, complete the Statement of Confidentiality, Assignment, and Conflicts of Interest form, and must be approved by the Board of Directors.
  5. Committee members will conduct their duties in a manner that is trustworthy and reflective of good stewardship. Committee members understand and accept their duties and responsibilities and act in good faith on behalf of CCO.
  6. Committee members shall avoid personal and professional conflicts of interest; if at any point a conflict of interest arises, the committee member shall inform the Chairperson of the committee.
  7. Committee members shall not speak or act for CCO without proper authorization.
  8. Committee members shall act fairly and be impartial in their role on behalf of and in service to CCO, its certification programs, and the public served.
  9. Committee members shall meet their obligations as detailed in the CCO bylaws as amended.