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  • OSHA Proposes Further Delay to Crane Rule
    OSHA’s proposal for a further one-year extension (to November 2018) of its crane operator certification requirement presented to the Advisory Committee on Construction Safety and Health (ACCSH) on Tuesday, June 20, was supported unanimously by ACCSH. OSHA is now expected to issue a proposed rule followed by a final rule sometime this summer which will formally extend the enforcement date for operator certification by one year to November 2018. The Federal Register notice can be found here. Read NCCCO’s submission to ACCSH here.
  • Join NCCCO at ICUEE 2017—The Demo Expo!
    NCCCO will once again be hosting a range of activities at the International Construction and Utility Equipment Exposition (ICUEE), also known as The Demo Expo, which this year takes place October 3–5 in Louisville, KY.
  • NCCCO Elects Commissioners
    NCCCO elected two new Commissioners and re-elected two others to its Commission at its 42nd Biannual Meeting in Honolulu, HI, in May.
  • 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.
  • NCCCO to Conduct OSHA Certification Webinar
    Crane Operator Certification will be back in the spotlight July 19 at 2:00 pm ET when SC&RA hosts a webinar entitled OSHA Update: Employer Qualification and Crane Operator Certification: Are You Ready?
  • Crane Experts Educate at CONEXPO
    By all accounts the Crane and Rigging education track at the recent CONEXPO exhibition and conference was a rousing success. More than 450 participants attended 11 seminars over the course of four days to hear from crane industry experts about a host of topics essential to safe crane operation.
  • New Candidate Processing System Comes Online
    NCCCO brought a new candidate processing system online earlier this year. The need was urgent because, while the existing system had worked well in the past, it had struggled in recent years to keep up with NCCCO’s rapid growth. More importantly, the software it relied on was no longer supported by the manufacturer and so its days were clearly numbered.
  • Australian Review Group Meets
    NCCCO took advantage of the recent CONEXPO to convene an in-person meeting of its Australian Crane Operator Assessment Review Group. The Group has been working with the Crane Industry Council of Australia (CICA) for several months reviewing proposals being laid by CICA on behalf of the Australian crane industry.
  • Articulating Boom Loader and Practical Examiner Accreditation Refresher—Operator Programs Workshops Scheduled
    NCCCO is pleased to announce the following Practical Examiner Accreditation Workshops to be held in Windham, ME:
       • Articulating Boom Loader Operator to be held August 16–17, 2017
       • Practical Examiner Accreditation Refresher—Operator Programs to be held
         August 15, 2017
  • Mobile Crane Operator and Practical Examiner Accreditation Refresher—Operator Programs Workshops Scheduled
    NCCCO is pleased to announce the following Practical Examiner Accreditation Workshops to be held in Conyers, GA:
       • Mobile Crane Operator to be held August 22–24, 2017
       • Practical Examiner Accreditation Refresher—Operator Programs to be held
         August 21, 2017
  • Mobile Crane Operator and Practical Examiner Accreditation Refresher—Operator Programs Workshops Scheduled
    NCCCO is pleased to announce the following Practical Examiner Accreditation Workshops to be held in Woodland, WA:
       • Mobile Crane Operator to be held August 8–10, 2017
       • Practical Examiner Accreditation Refresher—Operator Programs to be held
         August 7, 2017
  • Rigger Level II & Rigger Refresher Practical Examiner Accreditation Workshops Scheduled
    NCCCO is pleased to announce the following Practical Examiner Accreditation Workshops to be held in Salem, OR:
       • Rigger Level II to be held August 3–4, 2017
       • Rigger Refresher to be held August 5, 2017
  • Tower Crane Operator & Practical Examiner Accreditation Refresher—Operator Programs Workshops Scheduled
    NCCCO is pleased to announce the following Practical Examiner Accreditation Program workshops to be held in Salem, OR:
       • Tower Crane Operator to be held August 1–2, 2017
       • Practical Examiner Accreditation Refresher—Operator Programs to be held
         July 31, 2017
  • 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.”
  • Are You Ready for November?
    Certification will be mandatory for most crane operators from November 10, 2017.
  • 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.
     
    An opportunity exists for qualified individuals to participate in these development activities as a member of the Foundation Drill Rig Operator Task Force that will guide the development of this certification program. Download an application form here.
  • 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.
  • Liebherr USA, Co. Sponsors Calculators for Use on CCO Exams
    Liebherr Mobile and Crawler Cranes, a division of Liebherr USA, Co., has agreed to sponsor calculators for CCO testing through 2017.
  • Pennsylvania Clarifies That Practical Exams Must be Taken on “ASME B30.5 Cranes”
    The Pennsylvania State Board of Crane Operators (the “Board”) has announced that certificants applying for a license in Pennsylvania to operate telescopic boom mobile cranes with fixed or rotating controls must take them on “an ASME B30.5 crane.” The ruling applies to applicants taking their practical exams on or after January 1, 2017.
  • 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 Hits Practical Examiner, Workshop Milestones
    NCCCO reached two significant milestones recently when it accredited its 2,000th Practical Examiner and held its 400th Practical Examiner Accreditation Program (PEAP) workshop.
  • Sample Lift Plans and Questions for Lift Director Program Released
    To assist candidates preparing the CCO Lift Director specialty written exams, NCCCO has published sets of lift plans for each of the different scenarios candidates will encounter on the tests.
  • 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).
  • Auditing Program Remains Central to NCCCO Test Integrity
    NCCCO reports that it conducted some 300 audits of its practical exam sites and practical examiners last year, underlining the critical role they continue to play in NCCCO’s test integrity program.
  • 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.
  • Industry Forum Focuses on Personnel Qualifications
    Operators, Lift Directors, Inspectors all need to be Qualified, Experts Say
    The first NCCCO Industry Forum on Personnel Qualifications was an unqualified success according to those who attended the event in October. The Forum was the first of its kind in the industry to focus entirely on the qualification of personnel working in construction.
  • 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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