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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Qualification vs. Certification

NCCCO Prerequisites

NCCCO Certification

NCCCO Recertification

NCCCO Signal Person Certification

NCCCO Rigger I Certification

NCCCO Rigger II Certification

NCCCO Mobile Crane Operator Certification

Red Cross CPR Certification

OSHA Outreach Classes

Payment Terms

Links

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Qualification vs. Certification

Who governs the personnel requirements for material handling?

The new federal OSHA crane rule, 29 CFR Subpart CC, regulates the use of cranes in construction. OSHA used much of the information from the ASME B30.5 crane standard to create this new crane law. ASME, or the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, is a non-profit organization that publishes standard work practices for many industries.

Are signal people required to be qualified or certified?

According to the OSHA crane law, signal people are required to be qualified. This can be done through an employer's qualified evaluator or through a third party qualified evaluator. Signal people must demonstrate their knowledge and skills through an oral or written exam and a practical evaluation. We are offering two options to satisfy this requirement: qualification and NCCCO certification. See the OSHA Factsheet for more information about signal person qualification.

Are riggers required to be qualified or certified?

According to the OSHA crane law, riggers are required to be qualified. This can be done through an employer's qualified evaluator or through a third party qualified evaluator. Riggers must be able to demonstrate the ability to solve problems related to rigging loads. We are offering two options to satisfy this requirement: qualification and NCCCO certification. See the OSHA Factsheet for more information about rigger qualification.

When do rigger and signal person qualifications come into effect?

Rigger and signal person qualification requirements took effect November 8, 2010, just 90 days after the new rule was made final.

Are crane operators required to be qualified or certified?

According to the new federal OSHA crane law, crane operators of most cranes above 2,000 lb capacity must be certified by an accredited crane operator testing organization, such as NCCCO, or qualified through an audited employer program. Operators may also be licensed by a state that has a crane law that is at least as strict as the federal rule, or they may be qualified through the US Military. Rent-A-Crane, Inc. fully endorses the national certification program offered by the National Commission for the Certification of Crane Operators (NCCCO). See the OSHA fact sheet or 1926.1427 for more information about crane operator certification requirements, or the NCCCO web site for more information about the NCCCO certification process.

When do crane operator certification requirements come into effect?

Crane operators have to be certified by November 10, 2014.

I'm training to become an operator. How can I learn to operate a crane without a certification?

Crane operators who are not certified will be considered an "operator-in-training," and may only operate a crane under the direct supervision of a trainer. Operators in training may not hoist personnel, be involved with multiple crane lifts, make lifts over a shaft in a tank farm, or operate within 20 feet of a power line up to 350 kV or within 50 feet of a power line over 350 kV. See 1926.1427 for more information about crane operator certification.

Should my employees be qualified or certified?

Qualification vs. certification is a company specific decision that depends on the type of jobs you work on and the locations that you work in. The federal OSHA law only requires that signal people and riggers be qualified, but crane operators must be certified. Certain jobs or locations may demand more stringent methods of training. Some contractors, for instance, may require certified riggers on their jobs. Likewise, different states and localities may choose to require stricter employee training procedures. OSHA gave each state six months to either adopt the federal law or create their own plan that was at least as strict as the federal law. Within the Washington Metropolitan area, Virginia, Maryland and DC differ regarding their requirements. Virginia and DC have adopted the federal law regarding riggers and signal people. Virginia requires crane operators to be certified, and accepts certification by any nationally accredited certifying agency. DC, however, requires crane operators to be licensed, in addition to being certified by a nationally accredited certifying agency. For more information on DC crane operator licensure, visit their website and click on the link on the left hand side that says "Steam and Other Operating Engineers". Maryland passed their own crane law, which went into effect October 1, 2009, before the federal law was passed. The Maryland OSHA, or MOSH, law has more specific requirements for riggers. MOSH, requires that riggers be qualified in degrees according to their experience, training and decision-making abilities.

  • A Level I Rigger works under the direct supervision of a Level II Rigger or Master Rigger, and has the ability to perform rigging work engaged in lifting loads, other than special lifts, such as multiple crane picks, erection and dismantling, jumping or reconfiguring of cranes.
  • A Level II Rigger is an individual who has accumulated two or more years of experience working as a Level I Rigger, and who performs rigging work engaged in lifting loads for special lifts, such as multiple crane picks, erection and dismantling, jumping or reconfiguring of cranes.
  • A Master/Lead Rigger is an individual who has accumulated five or more years of experience rigging loads and is authorized by the employer to take prompt corrective action to eliminate hazards.

MOSH also accepts certification from any nationally recognized program accredited by the NCCA or ANSI that demonstrates that the rigger has acquired and maintains the experience, knowledge, skills and abilities required by the regulation. To satisfy the requirements set forth by MOSH, we are offering a Qualified Rigger Course for Level I Riggers and the NCCCO Rigger I program to satisfy the Level II Riggers. Employers should be able to document and validate that their employees meet the abovementioned requirements for the different rigging levels based on the type of rigging your company does to satisfy this requirement.

How long are qualifications and certifications good for?

All qualification programs and NCCCO certifications are good for five years. After the initial qualification period, applicants may choose to renew their qualification for a further five years, or continue on to the NCCCO certification programs. NCCCO certification reminders will be sent to candidates one year before their certification expiration date. For more information about the recertification process, visit the NCCCO web site.

NCCCO Prerequisites

What are the prerequisites to apply for the NCCCO programs?

To be certified by NCCCO, candidates must be at least 18 years of age and demonstrate skills and knowledge that subject matter experts have deemed necessary for safe performance. Certifications are achieved through a written examination, a practical exam, and by attesting to abide by NCCCO's Code of Ethics, Substance Abuse Policy and ASME B30 physical requirements. Most certification programs can be completed independently of each other, except for the Rigger Level II Program. You must have Rigger Level I Certification before you can apply to take part in the Rigger Level II program.

NCCCO Certification

How do I apply for NCCCO programs?

Find the dates for an upcoming preparation course and test on our training calendar. Complete all applicable NCCCO application forms for the programs that you wish to take part in, and return them via mail, fax or email to Heather at Rent-A-Crane, Inc. If you have an account in good standing with Rent-A-Crane, Inc., we will bill you for the classes when the applications are submitted. If you do not have an account with Rent-A-Crane, Inc., payment is due upon submittal of the application. Since space is limited, your spot with not be reserved unless payment arrangements have been made. All applications are due to NCCCO at least two weeks before testing. After that time, a late fee of $50 per application will apply. Applications cannot be accepted after 5 days before testing.

Where can I get information about each of the certification programs?

Candidate handbooks for each program can be found on the NCCCO Handbooks and Forms web page. You will also be given a copy of these documents if you are attending the preparation course.

Do the written and practical exams need to be taken in a certain order?

Exams for each program can be taken in any order, as long as all exams required for certification are passed within one year from the date that you first passed an exam for that program. For example, if you take and pass the written signal person exam, you have one year from the date you passed the written exam to pass the practical. This means that if you do not pass the first time, you can retake the practical exam, as long as it is within that year timeframe, and the written exam will still count toward your certification.

NCCCO Recertification

How do I recertify?

The initial certification period is five years, after which an operator, rigger or signal person is required to recertify. You will receive a recertification package in the mail from NCCCO one year prior to your certification expiration. Only written recertification exams are required for Mobile Crane Operators and Riggers as long as you are able to pass the recertification exam within two tries and before the end of your certification period. If a certified Mobile Crane Operator cannot document 1000 hours of crane-related experience, that person will have to take the practical exam again to get recertified. You must pass the Signal Person practical exam to recertify as a signal person. Once your certification has expired, you will have to retest like new for all of your certifications. You can only have one certification period for all of your NCCCO certifications. If you add more certifications, they will adopt the same certification period and have the same expiration date. If, however, you take on additional certifications within the last two years of your certification period, you will not have to recertify for the newly added certifications at the end of your certification period. They will be renewed automatically once you recertify for your other certifications appropriately. For more information, see the NCCCO web site.

NCCCO Signal Person Certification

What kind of experience do I need to become a certified signal person?

NCCCO certification exams are designed for signal people who are trained and who will use hand and voice signals in crane operations. For more information about the written test, visit the NCCCO web site.

What do the written exams involve?

Candidates must be able to demonstrate their knowledge by effectively passing a written exam with a score of 70% or better. The signal person written exam consists of 60 multiple-choice questions that must be completed in 60 minutes. For more information about the written test, visit the NCCCO web site.

What does the practical exam involve?

Candidates must be able to demonstrate their skills by effectively completing 20 computer generated scenarios. There is no time limit for this exam, but it typically takes about 15 minutes to complete. For more information about the exam, or to watch a demonstration video, visit the NCCCO web site.

NCCCO Rigger I Certification

What kind of experience do I need to become a certified Rigger I?

A certified rigger is a person who has been trained and certified to handle and move load. The level of certification depends upon the individual's training, knowledge, skill base and ability to perform functions related to the selection, inspection and proper use of rigging equipment. NCCCO has identified the following job duties for Rigger Level I certification. A Certified Rigger Level I can perform simple, repetitive rigging tasks when the load weight, center of gravity, the rigging and rigging configuration are provided or known by the rigger through experience or on-the-job training prior to rigging activities. For more information about the written test, visit the NCCCO web site.

What do the written exams involve?

Candidates must be able to demonstrate their knowledge by effectively passing a written exam with a score of 70% or better. The Rigger I written exam consists of 60 multiple-choice questions that must be completed in 60 minutes. For more information about the written test, visit the NCCCO web site.

What does the practical exam involve?

Candidates must be able to demonstrate their skills by effectively completing four rigging tasks. These tasks are not timed, but this exam typically takes 45 minutes to an hour to complete. For more information about the tasks visit the NCCCO web site.

NCCCO Rigger II Certification

What kind of experience do I need to become a certified Rigger II?

A certified rigger is a person who has been trained and certified to handle and move loads. The level of certification depends upon the individual's training, knowledge, skill base and ability to perform functions related to the selection, inspection and proper use of rigging equipment. In addition to knowing and demonstrating Rigger Level I knowledge and skills, a Certified Rigger Level II should be able to select rigging components and procedures based on rigging capacity. A Certified Rigger II should be able to estimate load weight and center of gravity and identify correct lifting points. For more information about the written test, visit the NCCCO web site.

What do the written exams involve?

Candidates must be able to demonstrate their knowledge by effectively passing a written exam with a score of 70% or better. The Rigger II written exam consists of 40 multiple-choice questions that must be completed in 60 minutes. For more information about the written test, visit the NCCCO web site.

What does the practical exam involve?

Candidates must be able to demonstrate their skills by effectively completing two timed tasks. The Level Lift task must be completed in 15 minutes, and the Rigging Frame Rotation task must be completed in 30 minutes. For more information about the tasks visit the NCCCO web site.

NCCCO Mobile Crane Operator Certification

What kind of experience do I need to become a certified mobile crane operator?

NCCCO certification exams are designed for operators who are trained and who currently work in crane operation. This program is not intended for someone who has never worked with cranes before. In addition, to participate in the NCCCO Mobile Crane program, you must have a current DOT medical examination physical card. If you do not have a current medical card, we can provide you with an NCCCO medical form to take to your doctor. The completed form must be received by us before we can process your application. For more information about the written test, visit the NCCCO web site.

What do the written exams involve?

Candidates must be able to demonstrate their knowledge by effectively passing a written core exam and at least one specialty exam with a score of 70% or better. The core exam consists of 90 multiple-choice questions that must be completed in 90 minutes, and each core exam consists of 26 multiple-choice questions that must be complete in 60 minutes. Specialty exams are available for lattice boom cranes, fixed cab and swing cab telescopic boom cranes. For more information about the written test, visit the NCCCO web site.

What does the practical exam involve?

Candidates must be able to demonstrate their skills by effectively completing four timed tasks. At this time, we only offer fixed cab telescopic boom practical exams. To certify for a specialty, you must pass both the written and practical for that specialty. For more information about the tasks, or to watch a demonstration video, visit the NCCCO web site.

Can I use a calculator on the test?

Basic math calculators are allowed to be used during the NCCCO Mobile Crane Operator exams. You will be provided with a calculator to use during your test.

Do I have to be tested in English?

OSHA permits tests to be administered in any language the operator understands, but there are conditions. The certification card must note the language used on the test, and all the materials that are required to be on the crane (e.g., operations manual) must be in the same language as the test [ 1926.1427(h)(2)]. Due to the stipulation about operation manuals, all NCCCO written exams are now given in English.

Red Cross CPR Certification

What CPR certification courses do you teach?

We offer First Aid, CPR and AED training courses for adults and children. At this time we are not offering infant First Aid and CPR classes. These classes follow the guidelines set forth by the American Red Cross.

Does this CPR course comply with OSHA guidelines?

Yes. All American Red Cross First Aid, CPR and AED classes that we teach are sufficient to comply with OSHA guidelines. OSHA requires that "a person or persons shall be adequately trained to render first aid in the absence of an infirmary, clinic or hospital in close proximity to the workplace." This means that you need to have at least one person trained at every job location. In reality, you should train a few key people to avoid an incident where your trained employee is absent the day of an emergency. For more information about OSHA first aid, CPR and AED requirements, visit their web site.

What is a typical Red Cross class like?

All Red Cross training programs combine lecture, interactive video demonstrations and hands-on training to teach participants lifesaving skills.

What topics are covered in the First Aid class?

Participants will learn to recognize and care for a variety of first aid emergencies, such as burns, cuts, scrapes, sudden illnesses, head, neck and back injuries and heat and cold emergencies.

What topics are covered in the Adult CPR class?

Participants will learn how to perform CPR and care for breathing and cardiac emergencies.

What topics are covered in the Child CPR class?

Participants will learn how to prevent, recognize and respond to cardiac and breathing emergencies in children under 12.

What topics are covered in the AED class?

Participants will learn how to use an automatic external defibrillator.

How long do Red Cross classes last?

The length of classes will vary depending upon the selection of topics being covered.

How long is CPR certification good for?

All First Aid, CPR and AED training classes give the successful participant a 2-year certification.

OSHA Outreach Classes

Are OSHA Outreach classes required by OSHA?

No. This is a voluntary training program that OSHA has created to make workers aware of safety hazards. OSHA recommends outreach courses as an orientation to occupational safety and health for workers. However, some states have enacted laws mandating the training. Also, some employers, unions, organizations or other jurisdictions may require this training.

Does outreach training meet any OSHA requirements?

No. Employers are responsible for training their workers on specific hazards of their job, as noted in many OSHA standards. A list of standards requiring training is found in OSHA Publication 2254 entitled "Training Requirements in OSHA Standards and Training Guidelines."

What are the prerequisites to take an OSHA outreach class?

None. The OSHA 10-hour class is intended for entry level workers, and the OSHA 30-hour class is intended for supervisors or workers with some safety responsibility. Some construction experience will make this a more meaningful experience, but no previous experience is required.

Do student course completion cards expire?

No. The student course completion cards for construction do not have an expiration date. The Outreach Training Program is intended as an orientation to Occupational Safety and Health. Workers must receive additional training on specific hazards of their job. Even though course completion cards do not expire, some employers, unions, organizations or other jurisdictions may require employees to have completed an OSHA Outreach class within a certain time period.

Payment Terms

When is payment due for qualification classes?

Companies that have an existing account with Rent-A-Crane, Inc. will be billed for all qualification classes on the last day of classes with the same billing terms. Any company or individual who does not have an account with Rent-A-Crane, Inc. will need to pay for classes at the time of registration. Your place in classes will not be confirmed until payment arrangements have been made and all applications have been received.

When is payment due for NCCCO certification classes?

Companies that have an existing account with Rent-A-Crane, Inc. will be billed for all NCCCO certification classes when their applications are submitted to NCCCO, with the same billing terms. Likewise, any company or individual who does not have an account with Rent-A-Crane, Inc. will need to pay for classes at the time of registration. All candidate applications will be submitted to the NCCCO 16 calendar days prior to the written exam date. Your place in classes will not be confirmed until payment arrangements have been made, and all applications have been received. Applications must be received by NCCCO no later than two weeks prior to the test date. Any applications received after that time will be charged a $50 late fee. Applications cannot be accepted after four days prior to the exam date. Walk-ins are not allowed. Space in these classes is limited, so early registration is advised.

When is payment due for Red Cross classes?

Companies that have an existing account with Rent-A-Crane, Inc. will be billed for all CPR certification classes on the day of class with the same billing terms. Any company or individual who does not have an account with Rent-A-Crane, Inc. will need to pay for classes at the time of registration. Your place in class will not be confirmed until payment arrangements have been made, and all applications have been received.

What is your cancellation policy for qualification classes?

We appreciate 7 days notice for cancellations. To avoid a late cancellation penalty of 10%, all cancellations should be made at least 2 business days before the start of class. There will be a $50 processing fee for "no-shows."

What is your cancellation policy for NCCCO classes?

Pre-registration is required for all NCCCO programs. All candidate applications will be submitted to the NCCCO 16 calendar days prior to the written exam date. Any applicant canceling after the applications are sent to NCCCO will be required to reschedule, without a refund. Cancellations after this time will only be permitted if the candidate has a work related emergency, family death or candidate illness. If proof of any one of these reasons is given, candidate fees will be suspended, and the candidate can reschedule to take the exams during any regularly scheduled class that has an opening available within one year from the original exam date. After this time period, all fees will be forfeited and no rescheduling will be permitted. See the NCCCO Candidate Qualifications and Cancellation Policy for more information.

What is your cancellation policy for Red Cross classes?

We appreciate 7 days notice for cancellations. To avoid a late cancellation penalty of 10%, all cancellations should be made at least 2 business days before the start of class. There will be a $50 processing fee for "no-shows."

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