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CERTIFICATION PROGRAMS

Service Truck Crane Operator

Certification Overview

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

The CCO Service Truck Crane Operator certification (STC) is a subcategory of the CCO Telescopic Boom—Fixed Cab (TSS) certification [similar to the CCO Boom Truck—Fixed Cab (BTF) certification] and was developed specifically for the industries that use these smaller machines.

Service truck cranes are identified by their telescopic boom, where the base and mast structure is not integral to the stabilizer/outrigger system. Lifting is typically accomplished via a winch (electric or hydraulic) and its functions (rotation, elevation, telescoping) are either powered or manual. These machines tend to have relatively shorter boom lengths (10–35 ft) and lower capacities (1–7 Tons) as compared to other Telescopic Boom—Fixed Cab machines (e.g., Boom Trucks, Carry Deck cranes). Additionally, operations are usually conducted by the use of radio remote or pendant control with the operator standing on the ground following the load. The illustration below shows the components and terminology typically associated with service truck cranes (click on image for larger version; download print-quality PDF).

Service Truck Crane components

Please note that the CCO Telescopic Boom—Fixed Cab Operator (TSS) and Boom Truck—Fixed Cab (BTF) certifications cover service truck cranes. Operators of service truck cranes who currently possess a TSS or BTF certification are not required to also posses the Service Truck Crane Operator certification. The reverse is not true, however. STC certification is intended only for operators of service truck cranes and not for those who operate larger Telescopic Boom—Fixed Cab or Boom Truck—Fixed Cab cranes. To be certified to operate all TSS cranes, candidates must achieve the full TSS certification (Core + TSS specialty written + TSS practical). To be certified to operate all BTF cranes, candidates much achieve the full BTF certification (Core + BTF specialty written +TSS practical taken on a boom truck).

HOW TO BECOME CCO CERTIFIED

Visit How to Test for instructions for applying for and taking CCO Written and Practical Exams; visit How to Recertify for instructions on recertification. Complete instructions and exam applications are also contained in the Candidate Handbook for each program.

ELIGIBILITY

Requirements for certification include the following:

  • Be at least 18 years of age
  • Meet medical requirements
  • Comply with NCCCO’s Substance Abuse Policy
  • Pass the STC Written Examination
  • Pass the STC Practical Examination
  • Comply with the NCCCO Code of Ethics

EXPERIENCE

NCCCO certification exams are designed for operators who are trained and who currently work in crane operation.

PHYSICAL EVALUATION

Certified service truck crane operators must continue to meet the same medical requirements as CCO-certified mobile crane operators.

Means of compliance with ASME physical requirements include but are not limited to the following:

  • NCCCO Physical Examination Form (valid for three years)
  • A current DOT (Department of Transportation) Medical Examiner's Certificate (valid for two years)

CERTIFICATION POLICIES

The following policies apply to all CCO certification programs:

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

CCO WRITTEN EXAMINATION

The Service Truck Crane Operator Written Examination consists of a single comprehensive exam with 70 questions. Candidates are allowed 90 minutes to complete the exam. Please note that candidates for the Service Truck Crane Operator program are not required to take the Mobile Crane Operator Core Exam.

CCO PRACTICAL EXAMINATION

The Service Truck Crane Operator Practical Exam demonstrates crane operation proficiency. It consists of five main tasks that increase progressively in the skill level tested. Skills tested are: inspecting the equipment, hoisting, booming, swinging, following hand signals, and combination (multifunction) operations. Crane operation with load and without load is required.

CCO CERTIFICATION TIME FRAMES

Candidates must pass both the STC Written and Practical Exams within twelve months of each other. Candidates may take their Written and Practical Exams in either order.

RECERTIFICATION REQUIREMENTS

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

Get complete instructions on How to Recertify.

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. 

Please note that all TSS-certified operators will also receive the STC certification designation because Service Truck cranes are a subcategory of Telescopic Boom—Fixed Cab cranes. Click here for additional information.

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.