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Articulating Crane Operator

How Do I Test? Practical Exam


Candidates must pass both a Written Exam and a Practical Exam in the category(ies) they wish to be certified in. Candidates may take their Written and Practical Exams in any order. Candidates have 12 months after they pass their first exam (Written or Practical) in which to take the corresponding Written or Practical Exam in the same category. For example, a candidate passing the Articulating Boom Loader Written Exam has 12 months from his/her exam date to pass the Articulating Boom Loader Practical Exam.


NCCCO Practical Examinations are available on two crane types:

  • Articulating Boom Crane
  • Articulating Boom Loader

Candidates may take the Practical Examination on one or both of the crane types.

The Practical Examinations are comprised of four main tasks that increase progressively in the skill level tested. Skills tested include booming, swinging, articulating, telescoping, and combination (multifunction) operations.

So as to standardize testing conditions for all candidates wherever and whenever they may test, NCCCO has developed a standard Test Site Layout (CAD) for each of the crane types.


Candidates for the Practical Examination should contact their Test Site Coordinator to determine the date of the next scheduled Practical Exam. Alternatively, candidates may contact NCCCO for this information.

Candidates must bring their completed Practical Exam Candidate Application Forms with them to their scheduled examination, along with any other required supporting materials.


Candidates must report to the Test Site at the scheduled time. All candidates shall comply with Test Site requirements concerning personal protective equipment, which at a minimum shall meet OSHA requirements.


Candidate performance on the Practical Examination is recorded by Practical Examiners accredited by NCCCO. Examiner requirements include meeting NCCCO requirements for operator certification, passing the Written and Practical Exams, and successfully completing an accreditation workshop.

The testing procedure has been developed to provide the highest degree of standardization and reliability. The Examiner’s task is primarily to record the performance of the candidate.

A candidate may lose points either through operational errors or exceeding established optimum time limits. The scoring of candidates’ performance is done off-site at the facilities of International Assessment Institute.


All Candidates receive a score report of their performance. Examination results are mailed to candidates approximately 12 business days after the receipt of Practical Examination score sheets by International Assessment Institute.

Please note that while Practical Examiners are encouraged to expedite score sheets after each test administration, they may batch score sheets from several test administrations over a number of days. This means candidates may receive their score reports from IAI more than three weeks after their test administration.

Both the Practical Examination and the scoring system have been validated by NCCCO’s pilot testing program and verified by International Assessment Institute. The score of 70 represents the minimum passing score for the Articulating Crane Operator Practical Examinations.


The examination fee for testing on one crane type is $60. For each additional crane type applied for and taken at the same time, the fee is $10. The appropriate fees must be submitted with your application through your Test Site Coordinator. The same fees apply for retest candidates.

Practical Exam Candidate Fees

  • One crane type:             $60
  • Two crane types:           $70


Candidates not passing the examination(s) may request from International Assessment Institute a hand scoring of the answer sheet, provided the request is made in writing within three months of the test date. Hand scored practical exam reports include details of a candidate’s performance on each task.

Requests must be accompanied by a processing fee of $25 for each test requested.

International Assessment Institute
Attention: NCCCO Testing
1960 Bayshore Blvd.
Dunedin, Florida 34698
Phone: 727-449-8525
Fax: 727-461-2746

In the event that the hand scoring of a failing candidate’s answer sheet results in a passing score, the fee will be refunded in full.