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Overhead Crane Operator

How Do I Test? Practical Exam



The CCO Overhead Crane practical exam can be taken on any of the following types of crane:

  • Cab Operated
  • Pendant/Remote Control

The practical examination is comprised of fourmain tasks that increase progressively in the skill level tested. Skills tested are: trolley travel, hoisting, bridge travel and combination (multifunction) operations. Crane operation with load and without load is required.

CCO provides a test site layout for each type of Overhead Crane for the practical examination to ensure the examination remains standardized for all candidates wherever and whenever they may test.


A candidate for the practical examination should contact the Test Site Coordinator who organized the written examination to determine the date of the next scheduled practical exam. Alternatively, the candidate may contact CCO for this information.

You must bring your completed Practical Exam Candidate Application form with you to your scheduled examination, along with any required supporting materials.


Candidates must report to the test site at the scheduled time. Candidates are required to bring personal protective equipment to wear during the test, including as a minimum: hard hat, work boots, and suitable work clothing.


Candidate performance on the Practical Examination is recorded by Practical Examiners accredited by CCO.

Examiner requirements include meeting CCO requirements for 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 twelve (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 may mean candidates 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 CCO’s pilot testing program and verified by International Assessment Institute. The score of 74 represents the “minimum passing” score for the Overhead Crane practical examination.


The appropriate fee must be submitted with your application through your test site coordinator.  The same fee applies for retest candidates.

  • Practical Examination Candidate Fee    $60
  • Candidates who have previously registered or are registering for the Mobile Crane Examinations at the same time   $50


Candidates not passing the practical examination may request from International Assessment Institute a hand scoring of the answer sheet, provided the request in made in writing within three months of the test date and the request is accompanied by a processing fee of $25 for each hand score requested.  Request should be mailed to:

International Assessment Institute

600 Cleveland Dt., Suite 900

Clear Water, FL 33755

Phone: (727) 449-8525 - Fax: (727) 461-2746

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