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CERTIFICATION PROGRAMS

Crane Inspector

Certification Overview

Welcome to the CCO Crane Inspector certification program. The NCCCO Crane Inspector Task Force that developed this certification program was made up of experts from all aspects of the crane industry—crane inspectors, crane users, trainers, safety supervisors, manufacturers—who together represent many thousands of hours of crane-related experience. These volunteers gave freely of their time and expertise with the primary goal of improving the quality of crane inspections and promote additional training among crane inspection personnel.

ELIGIBILITY

Requirements for certification include the following:

EXPERIENCE

All applicants must demonstrate at least five years of crane-related experience. The five years shall include duties such as:

  • Crane inspector
  • Crane operator
  • Crane mechanic/technician
  • Crane shop foreman

Related education may be substituted for related experience at a ratio of two years of education for one year of experience up to three years. Related education includes courses in:

  • Engineering 
  • Physics 
  • Applied mathematics 
  • Applied science courses in non-destructive testing 
  • Construction technology 

Technical courses in: 

  • Heavy equipment mechanic/technician 
  • Welding technology 
  • Experience Form Submission 

EXPERIENCE FORM SUBMISSION

At least two weeks before submitting their exam candidate applications, all crane inspector candidates must demonstrate their qualifications by filling out a form detailing their pertinent experience, education, training, and references. This experience form must be completed and reviewed by NCCCO prior to submitting applications for testing. NCCCO will process candidates’ completed forms within two weeks of submittal; after being reviewed, candidates are notified by email whether they are eligible to register for the written exams or if more information is required.

A $50 Experience Form Processing Fee must be paid when the experience form is submitted. To avoid any delays, candidates are encouraged to be as detailed as possible when completing. Candidates must submit proof of experience (documentation, letters of recommendation, transcripts, résumé, etc.) along with their completed Experience Form submission.

All Crane Inspector candidates must submit this form and relevant documentation for review at least two weeks prior to submitting their exam Candidate Applications. Candidates must make their best attempt to complete all sections of the form. Applications that are deemed incomplete or inadequate will be rejected and additional information may be required. The form is available via the NCCCO Handbooks and Forms page. 

MEDICAL REQUIREMENTS

Certified crane inspectors must be in good physical health, as verified by a medical professional, sufficient enough to handle the physical demands that crane inspections require.

CCO WRITTEN EXAMINATIONS

The Crane Inspector Written Examination consists of a Core Examination, specialty examinations for the Mobile Crane Inspector and Tower Crane Inspector certifications, and a single comprehensive exam for the Overhead Crane Inspector certification. Each candidate must also successfully pass the respective operator exam(s); however, currently CCO-certified operators are not required to take the corresponding operator exam as long as they maintain their certification status in good standing.

The tables below detail the exams necessary to be certified for each crane type and the contents of those exams.

CCO PRACTICAL EXAMINATIONS

There is no formal practical examination for the Crane Inspector program. Images of real life situations are used in the Written Exam to test crane inspectors’ abilities to identify deficiencies and hazards.

CCO CERTIFICATION TIME FRAMES

Certification is valid for five years. Candidates must pass Written Exam(s) in the category(s) for which they seek certification. Candidates may take their Written Exams in any order. 

Candidates have 12 months after they pass their first exam to pass the corresponding exam(s). For example, a candidate passing the Crane Inspector Core Exam in January 2012 has until the end of January 2013 to pass the Mobile Crane Inspector Exam. The following table details the exams necessary for each crane inspector certification:

The following table shows each crane inspector exam’s contents and duration:

CERTIFICATION POLICIES

The following policies apply to all CCO certification programs:

These policies are also covered in the Candidate Handbooks for each program.

CERTIFICATION CARDS

Certified operators receive a laminated photo ID card at no cost when they certify for the first time and when they complete the requirements for recertification.

Replacement cards, cards showing certification in an additional designation, or updated cards for candidates who retake and pass a designation they previously failed may be obtained from International Assessment Institute at a cost of $25. Cards may be ordered online or by contacting Jennifer at jennifer@iaiexam.com or 727-449-8525.

RECERTIFICATION REQUIREMENTS

NCCCO certification is valid for five years. Recertification candidates must complete all recertification requirements during the 12 months prior to their expiration date.