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  • Signalperson, Rigger Level I & Refresher Practical Examiner Accreditation Workshops Scheduled
    NCCCO is pleased to announce the following Practical Examiner Accreditation Workshops to be held in Odessa, TX:
       • Signalperson to be held February 6, 2018
       • Rigger Level I to be held February 7&ndash8, 2018
       • Rigger Refresher to be held February 5, 2018
       • Signalperson Refresher to be held February 6, 2018
  • It’s Not Worth the Wait
    The latest delay in OSHA's crane rule is no excuse to postpone certification. Here are five reasons why waiting for the rule to take effect is not a good idea.
  • Rigger Level I, Rigger Level II, Signalperson & Refresher Practical Examiner Accreditation Workshops Scheduled
    NCCCO is pleased to announce the following Practical Examiner Accreditation Workshops to be held in Phoenix, AZ:
       • Signalperson to be held January 29, 2018
       • Rigger Level I to be held January 30–31, 2018
       • Rigger Level II to be held February 1–2, 2018
       • Signalperson Refresher to be held January 29, 2018
       • Rigger Refresher to be held January 28, 2018
  • NCCCO Elects New Commissioners
    NCCCO elected two new Commissioners and re-elected three others to its Commission at its 43rd Biannual Meeting in Bellingham, WA in October.
  • NCCCO Provides Certification Perspective at IAF Meeting
    NCCCO participated in the annual meeting of the International Accreditation Forum (IAF) held in Vancouver, British Columbia, in October.
  • Singapore Ministry of Manpower Hosts NCCCO Visit
    Crane safety and operator qualifications were high on the agenda at a meeting of senior personnel from NCCCO and Singapore’s Ministry of Manpower (MoM) in November.
  • NCCCO Participates in World Standards Week
    NCCCO CEO Graham Brent addressed delegates at two conferences in October in conjunction with World Standards Week 2017. Held two weeks apart in Washington DC and in Singapore, the conferences were designed to highlight the manner in which properly developed standards could reduce risk in the workplace while at the same time promoting innovation.
  • Liebherr Continues Calculator Sponsorship
    For the second year running, Liebherr USA has agreed to sponsor the calculators used on CCO certification exams.
  • International Event Focuses on Workforce Development
    NCCCO participated in the sixth World Crane and Transport Summit (WCTS) in Amsterdam in November. The two-day Summit attracted more than 250 high quality industry professionals from around the world.
  • Credential Engine Promotes Credential Transparency
    A new nationwide initiative, Credential Engine, unveiled tools and services recently that it is hoped will pave the way to a new level of transparency for educators, employers, students, and workers looking to navigate the postsecondary credentialing system.
  • OSHA Excludes Monorail Hoists
    OSHA has issued special guidance regarding monorail hoists and the applicability of the crane standards found in 1926 Subpart CC.
  • New York City Recognizes CCO Lift Director Certification
    New York City is in the process of enacting new qualification requirements for lift directors during lifting operations and other crane-related activities. Lift directors must be either certified by an accredited certification program, such as NCCCO’s Lift Director certification, or meet other specific experience or licensure requirements.
  • VA Re-Approves CCO Certification
    The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has again approved NCCCO’s certification exams as eligible for reimbursement through the VA for those who qualify. All 37 CCO exam options have been approved.
  • OSHA Extends Operator Certification Deadline to 2018
    Reaffirms plans to remove capacity from requirement
    On November 9 OSHA published a Final Rule delaying its deadline for crane operators to be certified by one year until November 10, 2018. OSHA is also extending its employer duty to ensure that crane operators are competent to operate a crane safely for the same one-year period. The Rule takes effect immediately.
  • Talking About the Certification Delay
    Since November 2017 was supposed to be the month the industry celebrated the milestone of mandatory crane operator certification, American Cranes & Transport checked in with NCCCO CEO Graham Brent to parse the delay and get his take on the future of the rule, if it will happen in 2018, and other issues pertinent to crane operator certification.
  • NCCCO Promotes Lift Safety at ICUEE
    As a leading advocate of jobsite safety and source of information for the industry, NCCCO was again highly visible at this year’s International Construction and Utility Equipment Exposition (ICUEE). The biennial ICUEE, also known as “The Demo Expo,” is the leading event for utility professionals and construction contractors seeking comprehensive insights into the latest industry technologies, innovations, and trends.
  • NCCCO Expands Its Western Regional Office
    Reflecting the increasing demand for CCO certifications nationwide, NCCCO recently consolidated its two Salt Lake City UT offices into a single, larger new office in the suburb of Murray UT. The new office significantly expands the total footprint of NCCCO’s Western Regional Office to more than 7,000 square feet.
  • Audits Key to CCO Practical Exam Integrity
    To maintain the strength, fairness, and ongoing validity of CCO certification, NCCCO audits all aspects of its programs regularly—from the exams themselves to those administering the tests, and even the program and test auditors themselves. ANSI assessors have singled out for praise the high inter-rater reliability NCCCO has achieved among practical examiners on its practical exams, which they have called “exemplary of the best practices in performance testing.”
  • Building Antlers Bridge
    CCO-certified operators bring their expertise to bear on I-5 bridge construction.
  • NCCCO Offers SC&R Foundation Certification Scholarships
    As part of its continuing outreach to youth, highlighting the opportunities offered by the crane and rigging industry, NCCCO has entered into a partnership with the SC&R Foundation to provide successful grant applicants with CCO certification testing, free-of-fees.
  • Crane Operators Speak Out on the Value of Certification
    If the crane operators who visited CONEXPO earlier this year are representative of the crane community as a whole, certification is all but universally considered not just a good thing to have, it’s essential to safe operations on construction sites around the country. Of the more than 100 responses received to a survey conducted among crane operators by NCCCO at the event, fully 94 percent stated that certification was “very important” for cranes to be operated safely.
  • CCO TLL Certification Now Offers Boom Truck Option
    NCCCO has added a third load chart option, a boom truck, to its CCO Telescopic Boom—Swing Cab (TLL) Mobile Crane Operator Specialty Exams. The new load chart is based on a 50-ton National swing-cab boom truck.
  • Second Industry Forum Draws Hawaii Crane Community; Hawaii Hoisting Machine Operators Advisory Board Hosts NCCCO Commission
    Crane operators, contractors, and others whose working lives bring them into contact with lifting equipment beat a path to the NCCCO Industry Forum on Personnel Qualifications last month in Honolulu. The Forum followed a week-long series of CCO exam management committee meetings capped by an all-day meeting of the NCCCO Commission.
  • Understanding OSHA: Construction May Be More Common Than You Think!
    Some activities that may seem at first to be “maintenance” are frequently considered by OSHA to be “construction.”
  • NCCCO and ADSC to Develop Foundation Drill Rig Operator Certification
    NCCCO and ADSC – The International Association of Foundation Drilling have announced plans to jointly develop a certification program for operators of foundation drill rigs.
  • Certification for Dedicated Pile Driver Operators Introduced
    NCCCO and the Pile Driving Contractors Association (PDCA) have jointly announced the introduction of a certification program for operators of dedicated pile driving equipment.
  • NCCCO Clarifies Physical Requirements
    NCCCO has discontinued use of its Physical Examination Form and Physician’s Instructions. ASME medical requirements continue to govern and each certificant must satisfy the ASME standard.
  • NCCCO Administers One Millionth CCO Exam
    A remarkable milestone was reached in April with the administration of the 1,000,000th CCO certification examination by the National Commission for the Certification of Crane Operators (NCCCO).
  • Industry Professionals Applauded for Contributions to Crane Safety
    NCCCO's "Difference Makers" Take a Bow
    Crane industry experts from across the country were recognized for their contributions to crane safety last month at the NCCCO 20th Anniversary Recognition Gala hosted by the National Commission for the Certification of Crane Operators.
  • NCCCO Marks 20 Years of Providing Crane Operator Certification Services to Industry
    Two Decades On, Crane-Related Death and Serious Injury Significantly Reduced
    The National Commission for the Certification of Crane Operators (NCCCO) today announced the 20th anniversary of its professionally developed and nationally accredited personnel certification programs.
  • What Does It Mean to be CCO-certified?
    A certified crane operator is not necessarily CCO-certified. Only NCCCO can provide the widely adopted and recognized CCO certification. While there are other companies that seek to certify crane operators, only one organization—the National Commission for the Certification of Crane Operators (NCCCO)—provides CCO certification. For nearly twenty years, successful completion of the CCO certification requirements has informed the world that a crane operator is certified to NCCCO's high standards. Both "NCCCO" and "CCO" are federally registered trademarks owned by NCCCO and used in connection with education testing and certification. Learn more about CCO certification.



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