National Commission for the
Certification of Crane Operators
Committed to Quality, Integrity, and Fairness in Testing since 1995


Policy Statements

Suspensions Pending Investigation

When provided with sufficient information to ascertain that further harm may occur during an investigation, a program participant may be temporarily suspended during the pendency of an investigation. As a general matter, any such authority to suspend shall be exercised by the Program Integrity Team or the Ethics & Discipline Committee, as appropriate.

NCCCO Staff shall have the discretion to temporarily suspend a program participant, except for a certificant or candidate for certification,  pending further investigation and/or any final disciplinary action, if NCCCO Staff determines that the incident under review involves (a) an injury resulting in serious bodily harm or fatality, (b) a willful violation of any state or federal safety regulation, (c) a willful violation of NCCCO policies or procedures, or (d) a material risk of harm to the program or third parties if the program participant is not suspended temporarily.

Suspensions of certificants and candidates for certification are imposed by the Ethics & Discipline Committee; provided, however, that NCCCO Staff may place administrative holds on the processing of candidate applications.

If a program participant is suspended, a letter notifying the participant shall be sent within five (5) days after the decision was made to suspend.

Upon suspension of a program participant, the participant’s record(s) will be flagged and/or updated accordingly. As necessary or appropriate, the participant will be removed from the Verify CCO Online (VCO) database.

Unless previously lifted, a suspended program participant’s temporary suspension shall be lifted at the conclusion of an investigation or upon the final determination of any disciplinary action.