following is an outline of the practical
testing procedure, as provided to
candidates at the time of testing.
INFORMATION AND INSTRUCTIONS
The following sections describe the specific tasks that you will be performing when taking the Practical Examination. It is important that you understand these instructions. If there is anything you do not understand, please request clarification from the Examiner.
The Three Tasks are:
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There is also a Pre-Test Briefing, a Pre-Test Familiarization Period, and a Pre-Task Familiarization Period (prior to the Load Circle task) with a load. You will be required to complete all phases of the test in sequence.
The Test Site Coordinator is responsible for setting the testing schedule. If you are familiar with the operation of the test crane, you may elect to test first to allow other candidates time to review the operator’s manuals and load charts. Otherwise, selection shall be by random drawing or by assignment of the Test Site Coordinator.
During the Practical Examination, you are under the direction of the Examiner and must follow the Examiner’s directions at all times.
Once you have completed all of the tests you are taking, you must leave the testing area. Only personnel involved in the administration of the test are allowed in the test area.
An optimum time limit has been set for all tasks and is stated as part of the task descriptions. If the task is completed within this time period, you receive no time penalty.
Once you exceed this time limit, you will lose points on a gradual basis. If you take one and a half times as long as the optimum time, you will have lost all the points allotted to that particular task. At two times the optimum time the Examiner may end the task and move on to the next task.
While you are waiting to take your test, you will have sufficient time to read this description of the tasks to be performed and review the operator’s manual and load chart for the crane you will operate. In addition, you will be informed of the make and model of the crane, the load hook height, jib length, and the weight of the test load. You will also watch a short video showing all the tasks you will be required to perform during the examination.
- The crane's LMI
system (if the crane is so equipped)
has been correctly programmed and
will not interfere with the proper
operation of the crane.
- The crane has
been set up and leveled.
- None of the target
points have been placed at a radius
that exceeds the crane's rated capacity.
CIRCUMVENTING THE COURSE
Circumventing the course on the NCCCO Tower Crane Operator Practical Exam is defined as when the load:
- Leaves the Zigzag Corridor and passes more than one pole without touching them before re-entering the corridor
- Leapfrogs from one leg of the Zigzag Corridor to another with the chain off the ground
- Passes more than four poles consecutively with the chain off the ground, inside or outside of the corridor
All points for a task are lost if a circumvention occurs. The Examiner has the authority to stop the task at any time if he/she feels that the candidate is attempting to circumvent any task.
If, at any time during the Pre-Test Familiarization Period or during the test, you commit an unsafe act, you will be disqualified from continuing with the test. Unsafe acts include but are not limited to the following:
the load hook or Test Weight (on
or reckless operation
to respond to a stop signal
- Contacting an obstruction with the crane or Test Weight
- Load touching any part of the candidate’s body
- Touching the crane with load hook or load
- Any action
that in the judgment of the Examiner
could endanger personnel or equipment
at the Test Site.
The Examiner has the authority to stop the test at any time for reasons of safety. Please ask the Examiner if you have questions.
If you are disqualified due to an unsafe act, your case will be reviewed by IAI and NCCCO, and you will be notified as to your eligibility for rescheduling your Practical Exam.
ID AND SIGNATURE
Prior to beginning the examination, the Examiner will ask you for a photo identification, such as a driver’s license.
The Examiner will ask if you have read the Candidate Information and Instructions and will answer any questions you may have. He/she will review with you the weather conditions and ask you to sign indicating that you understand the instructions for the test and that you agree with the Examiner’s assessment of the weather conditions.
Examiner will use an anemometer to
check the wind speed and record weather
conditions on your score sheet.
Examiner has the responsibility to
determine if weather conditions/equipment
problems are such that a test needs
to be suspended. If the test is interrupted
due to equipment problems, the procedure
for restarting will be as follows:
- You will resume the test at the beginning of the task you were performing at the time of the interruption, except for Task 3, when you will go back to the beginning of either Task 3a or 3b, as appropriate.
- You will be entitled to a Pre-Test or Pre-Task Familiarization Period before resuming the test.
- If you resume the test on a different machine, you will have the option of starting the entire test over from the beginning.
- If the testing is delayed to a different day, the test must be restarted from the beginning.
- You will be allowed 15 minutes to familiarize yourself with the crane and to examine anything on the crane that you feel is necessary to operate it comfortably.
- You will be allowed to get the feel of the controls and run the crane through its functions. The jib length has been preset. The brakes and other devices have been set according to the crane manufacturer’s recommendations.
- You may not interfere with the test course, lift the Test Weight, or shadow the Zigzag Corridor and Load Circle.
- You must finish the Pre-test Familiarization Period with the load hook under control in the Start Circle within the 15-minute period.
- The Examiner will notify you when there are ten, five, and one minute(s) remaining.
- If you are ready in less than 15 minutes, you may indicate this to the Examiner.
- If, at the end of the Pre-Test Familiarization Period, you feel you are not ready to take the examination, you should notify the Examiner. You will have, in effect, disqualified yourself from taking the examination at this time, and you will be required to sign to that effect on the Candidate Score Sheet.
1: PLACE LOAD HOOK AND CHAIN IN STOP
Optimum Time — 1 1/2 minutes
- At the Examiner's
indication to start at which point
time will begin,raise the load hook
and chain at least 10 ft. off the
ground to clear all obstacles and
- Bring it
from its starting position in the
Start Circle to the Stop Circle.
- Once the load
hook and chain reach the Stop Circle
place it there such that the chain
suspended from the hook makes contact
with the ground inside the circle
and remains there.
- Once the chain makes contact with the ground inside the circle, you are not permitted to lift the chain off the ground.
- The Examiner
will give you a stop signal
once the load hook and chain are
- Points will
be deducted for the following:
or contact of chain outside
of the circle.
hook touching ground either
inside or outside of the circle.
hook or chain contacting any
part of the course (e.g., poles).
-Lifting the chain off the ground after it has made contact with the ground inside the circle.
FAMILIARIZATION PERIOD (WITH TEST
part of the Examination is not scored.
- At the Examiner's
indication, bring the load hook
over the Test Weight located in
the test Weight Circle.
- The load will
be attached to the crane's load
hook by the Examiner or Proctor.
- You are allowed
to bring the Test weight to the
designated are where you can get
the feel of the load, test the break,
etc. before beginning the Load Circle
- You may not swing
the load outside of the designated
area or shadow the zigzag course.
- You will be allowed
a maximum of five (5) minutes for
this Pre-Task Familiarization, by
the end of which period, you must
have placed the Test weight on the
ground in the Test Weight Circle
with the rigging taut.
- The Examiner will
notify you when there is one (1)
2: PLACE TEST WEIGHT IN LOAD CIRCLE
Optimum Time --- Four minutes
- At the
Examiner’s indication to start
at which point timing will begin,
bring the Test Weight from the Start
Circle to the Load Circle.
- Swing, trolley
or hoist as necessary to place the
est Weight on the ground completely
within the Load Circle.
- The Examiner will
then five the hoist and swing signal
and this will indicate that you
should then hoist and swing to place
the Test Weight on the ground in
the Start Circle.
- Do not let
any part of the Test Weight make
contact with the PVC barriers that
surround the Load and Star Circles.
- Timing will
end when you have placed the Test
Weight on the ground in the Start
circle. Task is not complete
until the load is placed completely
within the outside perimeter of
the circle ad the Examiner has given
you a stop signal. If the
Examiner has not given you a stop
signal, this will indicate that
the weight is not within the circle
and the task continues to be timed.
- Points will
be deducted for the following:
ball off pole.
the optimum time.
any part of the course.
3: NEGOTIATE ZIGZAG CORRIDOR WITH
Optimum Time - Three minutes each
task is divided into two tasks 3A
and 3B. 3A requires you to go
through the corridor in a forward
direction. 3B requires you to
go though the corridor in a reverse
- At the Examiner’s
direction to start at which point
timing will begin, lift the Test
Weight into the and swing, trolley
or hoist up or down as you judge
necessary to guide the load through
the Zigzag corridor without touching
the ground with the Test Weight,
or raising the Test Weight so high
that the chains leave the ground,
or knocking over any part of the
PVC barrier. Points will be
deducted for the following:
ball off pole
pole base off line
-Exceeding the optimum time
- Timing stops when you have placed the Test Weight on the ground in the Stop Circle and the Examiner has given you a stop signal. The task is not complete until the load is placed completely within the outside perimeter of the circle and the Examiner has given you a stop signal. If the Examiner does not give you a stop signal, this indicates the weight is not within the circle, and the task continues to be timed.
- The Proctor will then detach the Test Weight from the load hook.
- At the Examiner’s direction, swing the load hook to the Start Circle and allow the Examiner to attach the chain in readiness for the next candidate. Remain in the cab or at the operator’s station until the Examiner gives you a clear indication that you may leave. Set the swing brake and lock before leaving.
POST TEST PROCEDURES
Once you have
completed the practical examination:
- The Examiner will record your performance.
- The Examiner is not permitted to review your score sheet or discuss your performance on the test
- Exam results will be mailed to you within approximately twelve working days of International Assessment Institute’s receipt of the score sheet.
- If you have made formal application to test on other cranes, return to the candidate briefing area.
- If you have completed all of your tests, you must leave the Test Site.