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Training Program: NCCCO Signal Person

Signal person 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 giving crane signals and understanding crane operations and limitations. Qualification is the minimum requirement that OSHA has mandated for anyone who will be giving signals to a crane operator. 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 certify your employees?

Rent-A-Crane, Inc. is now offering an NCCCO Signal Person training course to prepare your employees for the NCCCO exams. In this 8-hour course, we will cover the basics of crane communication to include the following:

  • Rules for giving crane signals
  • Standard method hand signals
  • Voice signals
  • Crane Operations and Limitations
  • Damage Prevention
  • Situational awareness and how to correct specific rigging problems
  • Safe practices for hoisting personnel
  • How to give crane signals

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. After the written exam, there will be a practice session to make the applicants familiar with the types of scenarios they will see in the practical exams. The NCCCO Signal Person Preparation Course will be held on a Monday, and the written and practical exams will be given on a Wednesday.

What are the exams like?

NCCCO exams are designed to evaluate the knowledge and skills of people who are already trained as signal people and who already work with cranes. Applicants must pass both the written and practical portions of testing to receive the certification status and an NCCCO certification card. The Signal Person 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 content of the written exam, visit the NCCCO web site. The practical exam is not timed, but typically takes 15 to 20 minutes. The applicant will stand in front of a large screen, and react or start signaling based on which of the 20 scenarios that you are faced with. 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. Applicants will also receive a signal person training guide and a pocket-sized hand signal card. Course prices also include all of the NCCCO test fees.

How long is the certification good for?

NCCCO Signal Person 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 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.