Mobile Crane Operator – Program Outline

CCO certification is valid for five (5) years.
Candidates must complete all of their recertification requirements during the 12 months prior to their expiration date. This includes:

  • Passing the Written Recertification Examinations
  • Continuing to meet ASME physical requirements
  • Compliance with CCO’s Substance Abuse Policy
  • Compliance with the Code of Ethics

Candidates who can document at least 1,000 hours of any crane-related experience during their period of certification, do not need to take the practical exam to recertify.

Crane related experience is defined as: operating, maintenance, inspection or training.

However, candidates who do need to take the Practical exam must do so before their certification expires. There is no “grace period” after the date of expiration. Candidates whose certification has lapsed must take the full written and practical examinations over again in order to be recertified.

The written recertification examination consists of a Core examination in crane operation, as well as four Specialty examinations. The Core examination has 40 multiple-choice questions with a time limit of 40 minutes.

Each Specialty examination consists of 10 multiple choice questions with a time limit of 25 minutes. Four of the questions in each Specialty exam are calculation load chart questions.

All candidates are required to take the Core examination regardless of the Specialty(s) in which they wish to be recertified.

Recertification candidates are allowed two (2) attempts to pass the recertification Core and Specialty exams before their certification expires. Candidates who are unsuccessful after two (2) attempts must take and pass the regular Core and Specialty exams.

Certified candidates may take their written recertification examinations up to one (1) year prior to their date of expiration. Regardless of the date of the recertification examination within that one year period, the new five-year certification period begins from the date of expiration of the candidate’s initial certification.

[Note: Candidates who recertify more than 12 months prior to their expiration date will have their new certification period begin immediately, not from the end of their current certification period.]

Recertification exams are available at regularly scheduled test administrations. Candidates wishing to recertify should contact the Test Site Coordinator who set up the initial certification. Candidates whose employment circumstances have changed should ask their new employer to schedule a test administration.

Candidates who are not certified in all Specialties may add a new Specialty at the same time as they take their recertification examinations by taking the full examination in that Specialty.