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Training Program: NCCCO Rigger I & II

Rigger qualification is now a federal OSHA law. A qualified person is one who by their training, knowledge and experience can successfully demonstrate the ability to resolve problems in regards to using basic rigging techniques to rig objects whose weight is known and rigging methods have been established. In some jurisdictions, a qualified rigger can only make these rigging decisions when supervised by a more experienced and knowledgeable rigger. Qualification is the minimum requirement that OSHA has mandated for anyone who will be rigging loads to be lifted. Some jobs or locations may require certification instead of qualification. For more information about the differences between qualification and certification, see our Frequently Asked Questions. If you find that certification is the best option for your employees, or just a few of your employees, keep reading for more information.

How will you qualify your employees?

Rent-A-Crane, Inc. is now offering an NCCCO Rigger I training course to prepare your employees for the NCCCO exams. In this 8-hour course, we will cover basic rigging practices to include the following:

  • Pre-use rigging inspection
  • Requirements and responsibilities of a qualified rigger
  • Inspection and identification of wire rope slings, chain slings, web slings, continuous slings, shackles, hooks, eye bolts, hoist rings, lifting beams and more.
  • Safe rigging practices and proper load security
  • Correct technique for applying sling hitches
  • Proper method to interpret rigging capacity charts for load planning
  • Procedures for working safely around power lines

What is a typical class like?

Certification classes are based on an 8-hour day. Classes start promptly at 7:00 am, and instruction, hands-on training and examples are given throughout the morning. When we return from lunch, applicants will take a practice written exam. At that time questions about the written exam material will be covered. The NCCCO Rigger I Preparation Course will be held on a Tuesday, and the written and practical exams will be given on a Wednesday. Due to class size, Rigger I practical exams may run into Thursday, at which point, the person with the longest drive will be able to test first.

What are the exams like?

NCCCO exams are designed to evaluate the knowledge and skills of people who are already trained as riggers within their field. Applicants must pass both the written and practical portions of testing to receive the certification status and an NCCCO certification card. The Rigger I written exam consists of 60 multiple-choice questions that must be answered in 60 minutes. This exam 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 is not timed, but typically takes 45 minutes to an hour to complete. There are four separate tasks that will test you in your knowledge of pre-use rigging inspection, rigging hitches, proper use of rigging hardware and slings, and knot tying. For more information, 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 Rigger Level I training manual and a pocket-sized rigger capacity card. Course prices also include all of the NCCCO test fees.

How do I apply for the Rigger II program?

It is now possible to take both the Rigger I and II programs at the same time. The Rigger II certification program consists of a written exam and a practical exam, both of which must be passed to become certified as a Level II Rigger. The written exam consists of 40 multiple-choice questions that must be answered in 60 minutes. A calculator will be provided for you to use in this exam. You must get a score of 70% or greater to pass. For more information about the written exam content, visit the NCCCO web site. The practical exam consists of two tasks, and these tasks are timed. The first task is a level lift task that you have 15 minutes to complete. The second task is a frame rotation task that you have 30 minutes to complete. For more information, visit the NCCCO web site.

How long is the certification good for?

NCCCO Rigger Level I & II certifications are 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 form to (703) 372-2995, or 3) email the registration form to After your form is received, you will be contacted with a confirmation and more detailed information about training.