What does it mean to have a CCO Certification?

Holding a CCO certification tells employers, fellow colleagues and the general public that the individual with this certification possesses both the knowledge and practical skills needed to safely operate mobile cranes.

The NCCCO (National Commission for the Certification of Crane Operators) sets the standards for safe crane operation in both construction and general industry. Nationwide Crane Training fully endorses the NCCCO crane certification programs and prepares every one of our students to pass the NCCCO exams that will result in CCO certifications.

What makes the NCCCO a credible organization?

  • The NCCCO is an independent, non-profit organization.
  • OSHA not only recognizes the CCO certification as an approved credential, but now mandates that crane certifications come from approved partners, like the NCCCO.
  • The NCCCO focuses on reducing accidents, offering quality training and helping expand job opportunities.

What does it take to get your CCO certification?

To be crane operator certified, students must pass both a written and practical exam. Nationwide Crane Training offers NCCCO training that thoroughly prepares students for both. You can choose between On Site Private Classes, Open Enrollment Certification Training at a location near you, or attend our crane school in California or Iowa that only lasts 5 days! In order to pass the written exam, the candidate must:

  • Pay application fees.
  • Pass the written core exam and any and all specialty exams with a 70% or better.

The crane operator practical exam consists of various tasks that the candidate must pass in order to obtain CCO certification.

The exams are valid for a time period of one year. In other words, the written exam must be completed within one year of the practical exam and vice-versa for the exams to remain valid. After both exams have been completed, the candidate will receive complete CCO certification.

Can a candidate test without attending a prep class?

Any candidate can opt to take the written exams without attending the crane operator prep class. If a candidate opts to do so, our guarantee will no longer apply.  However, it is recommended that candidates attend the prep class to ensure that they pass. If a candidate opts not to attend the prep class and fails the exams, then the candidate needs to pay for sitting fees for the exam. Our prep class prepares the student to pass the exam and it is also recommended that the candidate take the exam on the third day (right after the prep class to retain all the information taught in the classroom).

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What does the crane operator training consist of?

Day one of the prep class consists of:

  • Crane inspection and safety
  • Crane set-up
  • Site safety
  • Wire rope and rigging
  • Practicals

Day two consists of familiarization of load charts and finding:

  • Gross capacity
  • Deductions
  • Net capacity
  • Load radius
  • Boom tip height
  • Practicals

Day three and four – written prep class

The third and fourth day written prep class is similar to the two-day prep class with the extra days having more emphasis on taking simulated tests. This also allows students to clarify any questions they may have missed or have of the material covered.

Day five and six – exam days