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How to Recertify

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. This includes:

  • Passing the Recertification Examination(s), written or practical depending on the program
  • Continuing to meet medical requirements
  • Compliance with NCCCO’s Substance Abuse Policy
  • Compliance with the Code of Ethics

All candidates are allowed two attempts to pass their Recertification Written Exam(s) before their certification expires. Candidates who are unsuccessful after two attempts must take and pass the regular certification exam(s). 

Operator candidates who can attest to a specific amount of operator-related experience during their period of certification do not need to take the Practical Exam to recertify (each candidate handbook outlines the hour requirement for that program). Operator-related experience is defined as: operating, maintaining, inspecting, or training on the equipment for which the candidate is certified. Rigger Level I and/or Rigger Level II certificants do not need to take a Practical Exam for recertification, nor do they need to attest to having rigging-related experience. Signalperson certificants must take only a Practical Exam to recertify; no written exam or certification-related experience is required. Crane Inspectors must attest to having 1,000 hours of crane inspection-related experience; otherwise they must take initial written rather than recertification exams.

Recertification candidates who need to take the Practical Exam for any reason, however, must do so before their certification expires. There is no grace period after their certification expires. Candidates whose certification has lapsed must take both the regular Written and Practical Examinations again to be certified again.

Recertification candidates may take their Recertification Written Examinations up to one year prior to their certification’s date of expiration. Regardless of the date of the Recertification Examination within that one-year period, the new five-year certification period begins from the date of expiration of the candidate’s initial certification.

NOTE: Candidates who recertify more than 12 months prior to their expiration date will have their new certification period begin immediately, not from the end of their current certification period.

Written Recertification Exams are available at regularly scheduled paper/pencil test administrations as well as via computer-based testing. Candidates wishing to recertify should contact the Test Site Coordinator who set up their initial certification. Candidates whose employment circumstances have changed should ask their new employer to schedule a test administration. Candidates may also locate open CCO Written Exam Test Sites and take their Recertification Exam(s) there. Signalperson Practical Recertification Exams are administered at any combined test site, open practical test site administering listed as administering Signalperson exams, or by hiring an accredited Practical Examiner.

To apply for traditional pencil/paper Recertification Exams, complete the Recertification Exam Candidate Application in appropriate Candidate Handbook or apply online.

To apply for computer-based Recertification Exams, apply online.

Candidates may add a new certification at the same time as they take their Recertification Examinations by taking the full examination for the new certification.