Naturally you have many questions about crane training and crane operator certification. Will all crane operators need to be certified nationwide? What is the difference between cranes in general industry vs. construction? Below you’ll find the answers to commonly asked questions in this industry.
Q: Will all crane operators need to be certified nationwide?
A: Operators of most cranes above 2,000 lbs capacity when used in construction will need to be either certified by an accredited crane operator testing organization, such as the National Commission for the Certification of Crane Operators (NCCCO), or qualified through an audited employer program [1926.1427(a)].
Q:Where in the rule can I find this information?
A: Section 1926.1427 of the new rule describes crane operator certification/qualification requirements. Option 1, which is anticipated to be the most commonly used, requires operators to be certified by a nationally accredited crane operator testing organization that tests operators through written and practical testing and providing levels of certification based on equipment capacity and type.
Q: How does OSHA define a “crane” in the new rule?
A: The standard defines a crane as “power-operated equipment that, when used in construction, can hoist, lower and horizontally move a suspended load” [1926.1401].
Q: I operate a crane with a maximum lifting capacity of 10 tons, but I never pick up loads larger than 1,500 lbs. Do I need to be certified?
A: The exclusion for cranes of 2,000 lbs. and below refers to the maximum manufacturer-rated capacity. Even if you lift lighter loads, it is the crane’s maximum-rated capacity that must be 2,000 lbs. or less for you to be exempt from the requirements of 1926.1427. Employers are still responsible for training their operators on the safe operation of the type of equipment the operator will be using [1926.1441(e)].
Q: What is the difference between cranes in general industry vs. construction? We are a crane rental company and do jobs in a lot of different environments.
A: If crane work does not fall under one of the special standards, such as Construction or Maritime, then OSHA usually considers it to fall under general industry (29 CFR 1910.180). OSHA generally considers construction to include the building, altering, or repairing of new or existing structures. Maintenance may also be considered construction depending on its complexity and scope. Since similar work can fall into either category depending on the exact nature of the job, the general rule is: Go with the stricter standard.
Q: How long is the certification good for?
A: The certification is good for 5 years. After 5 years you are required to retake the written tests, which is half of the initial tests.
Q: How long does it take to find out if you passed the written exam and the practical exam?
A: Exam scores are received by the candidate approximately 12 business days after the exam administration (written) and 12 business days after exam score sheets are received by IAI (practical).
Q: Where can I take the exam?
A: Depending on home many need to be certified, we can either do it your facility, a local hotel, or another crane company.
Q: Where can I take the practical exam? Your website indicated you will come to us. Does that mean he can take the test in our yard?
A: Yes, we can test on your equipment in your yard. It makes it easier on your operators.
Q: When will I get my CCO certification card?
A: Certified operators receive a plastic photo ID card at no cost when they certify for the first time and when they complete the requirements for re certification. CCO Cards can take up to 30 days.
Q: How can I get a duplicate certification card, replacement card or a card showing additional specialties?
A: Duplicate cards, replacement cards, cards showing certification in an additional specialty, or revision of cards for candidates who retake and pass a specialty they previously failed, may be obtained from International Assessment Institute at a cost of $25.00. To order, contact Jennifer at email@example.com or 727-449-8525.
Q: Whom do I notify of a change in address?
A: If candidates change their address they must notify CCO as soon as possible. Failure to do so may cause candidates to miss important updates on the CCO program that could affect their certification.
Changes of address should be sent to International Assessment Institute (IAI). They must be in writing, but can be sent via letter or fax. Forms can be faxed to 727-461-2746 or mailed to:
600 Cleveland St, Suite 900
Clearwater, FL 33755
Q: What would the cost be for the written and practical exams?
A: This depends on how many people are being tested. Now here is the good news too….if you have other crane companies that you deal with, and they need operators certified, they can come to your class, and you will receive $100 per person reduced from your invoice. We give group rates.