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CERTIFICATION PROGRAMS

Tower Crane Operator

Certification Overview

 
HOW TO BECOME CCO CERTIFIED

Visit How to Test for instructions on applying for and taking CCO Written and Practical Exams; visit How to Recertify for instructions on recertification.

Complete instructions, exam contents, and candidate 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 physical requirements
  • Comply with CCO's Substance Abuse Policy
  • Pass Written Examination
  • Pass Practical Examination (Candidates must pass the Written and corresponding Practical examinations within a 12-month timeframe.)
  • Comply with the Code of Ethics 

EXPERIENCE

CCO certification examinations are designed for operators who are trained and who currently work in crane operation.

Crane-related experience is defined as: operation, maintenance, inspection, or training.

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS

Certified crane operators must continue to meet ASME B30.3 physical requirements throughout their certification period and attest to their agreement to those requirement in their application.

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

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

CCO WRITTEN EXAMINATIONS

The Tower Crane written exam consists of a single examination in Tower Crane operation. This examination has 55 multiple-choice questions, six of which are load chart questions. Candidates are allowed 60 minutes to complete the exam. Candidates meeting eligibility requirements may take the written and practical examinations in either order.

CCO PRACTICAL EXAMINATIONS

The CCO Tower Crane Practical Examination demonstrating crane operator proficiency may be taken on the following crane types:

  • Hammerhead
  • Luffer
  • Self-Erecting

CCO CERTIFICATION TIME FRAMES

Candidates must pass both Written and Practical Examinations to be certified for a five-year period. The Written and Practical Exams may be taken in either order. Candidates have 12 months from the time they pass their first Written or Practical Exam for each crane type in which to pass the corresponding (Written or Practical) Exam.

Any tests passed within a 12-month period count towards certification. For example, a candidate who fails the Tower Crane Operator Written Exam in January 2011 but passes the Tower Crane Operator Practical Exam in June 2011 has until May 2012 to retake and pass the Tower Crane Operator Written Exam.

RECERTIFICATION

CCO certification is valid for five years. Candidates must complete all of their recertification requirements during the 12 months prior to their expiration date.

Review recertification requirements for Tower Crane Operators.

Get complete instructions on How to Recertify.

PROGRAM SPONSORS

The National Commission for the Certification of Crane Operators gratefully recognizes the sponsors for the Tower Crane Operator Certification Program:

Liebherr Tower Cranes

Manitowoc Crane Group

Morrow Equipment Company

Terex Cranes