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CERTIFICATION PROGRAMS

Lift Director

Written Exam - Core Exam Outline

The Core portion of the NCCCO Lift Director Written Examination tests the following knowledge areas relating to mobile and tower cranes:

Domain 1: Site
Approximately 20% of test

Domain 2: Roles, Responsibilities, and Qualifications
Approximately 17.5% of test

Domain 3: Lifting Operations
Approximately 20% of test

Domain 4: Lift Plans
Approximately 5% of test

Domain 5: Rigging
Approximately 25% of test

Domain 6: Signals
Approximately 12.5% of test 

DOMAIN 1: SITE

  • Know how to identify and address hazards related to ground/surface conditions during lifting operations, such as:
  1. Subsurface (voids, tanks, utilities)
  2. Ground conditions (slopes, drainage, soil type)
  3. Traffic control
  • Know how to identify and address hazards related to site access/transportation, such as:
  1. Clearance/obstructions
  2. Slopes
  3. Compaction
  4. Ground bearing
  5. Traffic control
  • Know how to determine appropriate matting/cribbing. Elements of concern include, but are not limited to:
  1. Types
  2. Materials
  3. Sizing (PSI vs. PSF, mat size adjustment for ground condition)
  • Know how to identify and address hazards associated with power lines or transmitter/communication towers, such as:
  1. Defined lift zone vs. non-defined lift zone
  2. During operations (>350kV, <350kV, working closer than Table A)
  3. During travel
  4. Emergency procedures
  • Know how to identify and address environmental conditions that adversely affect lifting operations, such as:
  1. Weather (wind, lightning, snow/ice/frost, rain, fog, extreme temperatures)
  2. Lighting conditions (artificial or natural)
  3. Know how to identify and address hazards associated with lifting operations, such as:
  4. Taglines
  5. Non-standard rigging (specialty lifting devices)

DOMAIN 2: ROLES, RESPONSIBILITIES, AND QUALIFICATIONS

  • Know the roles, responsibilities, and qualifications of personnel involved in the lifting operations, such as:
    1. Lift director
    2. Site supervisor
    3. Crane operator (mobile, tower)
    4. Crane owner
    5. Crane user
    6. Signalperson
    7. Rigger
    8. Controlling entity
    9. Dedicated spotter

DOMAIN 3: LIFTING OPERATIONS

  • Know how to identify and address hazards associated with special lifting operations, such as:
  1. Critical lifts
  2. Personnel lifting
  3. Multi-crane lifts
  4. Multiple load line lifts
  5. Pick and carry
  6. Assembly/disassembly
  7. Lifting on, from or to water (e.g., barges, trestles, docks, launching)
  8. Duty cycle operations
  9. Demolition
  • Know and understand the requirements for communications during lifting operations

DOMAIN 4: LIFT PLANS

  • Know when and how to conduct pre-lift meetings

  • Know how to read, interpret, and communicate lift plans
  • Know how to recognize and address deviations from the lift plan prior to or during a lift, including items such as:

  1. Site / environmental (tail swing, clearance to structures)
  2. Crane configuration/location
  3. Personnel
  4. Load
  5. Rigging
  • Know how to plan for contingencies (i.e., emergency lay down, shutdown, securing, personnel rescue)

DOMAIN 5: RIGGING

  • Understand inspection standards and regulations

  • Understand non-inspection standards and regulations

  • Know the proper application of rigging

  • Know how to select the proper rigging equipment

DOMAIN 6: SIGNALS

  • Know standard method signals for:
  1. Hand signals
  2. Voice signals
  3. New signals
  • Understand crane dynamic principles and limitations
  • Know signaling regulations and requirements

  • Know how to determine safe load paths and movements