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Frequently Asked Questions

Requirements & Procedures

What is required for CCO certification?

To be certified by NCCCO, candidates must 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.

Do operators of service trucks need to be certified?

The issue of whether certification is required is a question for the employer. Note, however, that the B30.5 mobile crane standard covers all mobile telescopic cranes above one ton capacity. Further, OSHA requires all operators of equipment be trained in their safe use. CCO certification can serve as an effective, legally-defensible verification of that training.

What are the requirements for a professional to be “grandfathered”?

NCCCO examinations are tests of knowledge and skills, not experience. Experience can be good or bad, relevant or irrelevant, general or specific, and so therefore should not be used by itself as an indication of proficiency. Therefore, NCCCO does not “grandfather” any candidates.

What are the physical requirements for crane operators?

Candidates must meet ASME B30 physical requirements throughout their certification period and attest to their agreement to this requirement in their applications. In appropriate circumstances, means of compliance with ASME physical requirements may include, but are not limited to, a current Department of Transportation (DOT) Medical Examiner’s Certificate.

How long is the certification period?

CCO certification is issued for five-year periods. As a reminder of the need to recertify, candidates are sent a packet approximately one year prior to their certification’s expiration date. If additional certifications are obtained during the five-year period, they will share the same certification cycle and expiration date.

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