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Training Program: NCCCO Mobile Crane Operator

NCCCO Mobile Crane Operator Certification has been around since 1995, when a group of industry executives decided to make the construction trade safer by finding a fair means of assessing crane operator skills consistently nationwide. This idea was hugely successful, and soon crane operators were being required to certify by their companies or local governments. Now, the federal government has made this industry standard into law, along with stricter guidelines for those who work with cranes, namely the lift directors, riggers and signal people.

Crane operator certification is now a federal OSHA law. Even though certification will not be enforced until November 10, 2014, crane operator certification can be a difficult and time consuming process that should not be put off to the last minute.

How will you certify your employees?

Rent-A-Crane, Inc. is now offering an NCCCO Mobile Crane Operator training course to prepare your employees for the NCCCO exams. In this 3-day course, we will cover basic safe lifting practices to include the following:

  • Pre-use inspections
  • Proper crane setup and site conditions
  • Safe operating practices
  • Damage prevention
  • Manufacturer’s load charts

What is a typical class like?

Certification classes are based on three 8-hour days. Classes start promptly at 7:00 am, and instruction, exercises and examples are given throughout the day. Applicants will take practice written exams to prepare them for the types of questions they will see in their test. At that time questions about the written exam material will be covered. Typically, the NCCCO Mobile Crane Preparation Course will be held on a Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, with the written exams given on a Friday. If there is time, mobile crane practice may be scheduled for Friday afternoons, and the practical exams will be held on a Saturday.

What are the exams like?

NCCCO certification exams are designed for operators who are trained and who currently work in crane operation. NCCCO exams are designed to evaluate the knowledge and skills of people who are already trained as crane operators. The written certification portion consists of a Core Exam and up to four crane Specialty Exams. To achieve certification in any one specialty, Lattice Boom Crawler, Lattice Boom Truck, or Fixed or Swing Cab Telescopic Boom cranes, the candidate must pass the core exam, and both the specialty written exam and practical exam for the same type of crane. Applicants must pass both the written and practical portions of testing to receive the certification status and an NCCCO certification card. The Mobile Crane Core written exam consists of 90 multiple-choice questions that must be answered in 90 minutes. Each specialty exam consists of 26 multiple-choice questions that must be answered in 60 minutes. All written exams must be passed with a score of 70% or greater. For more information about the written exam content, visit the NCCCO web site. The practical exam consists of four tasks. Some of these tasks are timed and some are not. For more information about the practical exam, or to watch a video demonstrating the exam structure, visit the NCCCO web site.

What will I receive?

In addition to the valuable skills you receive, successful participants will obtain a photo certification card from NCCCO at their home within three weeks. Applicants will also receive a Mobile Crane training manual. Course prices also include all of the NCCCO test fees.

How long is the certification good for?

NCCCO Rigger Level I certification is good for five years. After this initial time period, applicants may choose to recertify for a further five years. Reminders will be sent to candidates one year before their expiration date.

How do I register?

To register: 1) Call (703) 372-2444, 2) Fax the registration forms (written and practical) to (703) 372-2995, or 3) email the registration form (written and practical) to After your form is received, you will be contacted with a confirmation and more detailed information about training.