To obtain crane operator certification through the NCCCO, each candidate must pass a written core exam and at least one specialty exam. Additionally, candidates must pass a hands-on practical exam within 12 months of passing the written portions.
The written core exam includes 90 multiple choice questions. The Mobile Crane Operator Written Examination consists of a Core Examination in crane operation and up to four crane Specialty Examinations. Certification requires competency in both the Core and one or more Specialty designation(s).
The Core Examination has 90 multiple-choice questions. Candidates are allowed 90 minutes to complete the Core Examination. Each Specialty Examinations consists of 26 multiple-choice questions. Candidates are allowed 60 minutes to complete each Specialty Examination.
All candidates are required to take the Core Examination, regardless of the Specialty(s) in which they wish to be certified. Each of the specialty exams includes 26 questions. All questions on both the core and specialty exams are given in a multiple choice format.
(NCT’s exam preparation is unique and prepares the candidates by giving them multiple practice exams, which are harder than the actual NCCCO exams.)