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


Concrete Pump Operator

Certification Overview

Welcome to the CCO Concrete Pump Operator certification program. The CCO Concrete Pump Operator Task Force that developed this certification program was made up of experts from all aspects of the concrete pumping industry—management, pump driver and operators, trainers, and safety supervisors—who together represent many thousands of hours of pump-related experience. These volunteers gave freely of their time and expertise with the primary goal of improving the quality of concrete pumping and promote additional training among concrete pump drivers and operators.

Download the CCO Concrete Pump Operator Candidate Handbook.


Visit How to Test for instructions on applying for and taking CCO written exams via computer-based testing (CBT).

Complete instructions are also contained in the Concrete Pump Operator Handbook for each program.


Requirements for certification include the following:


The Concrete Pump Operator Written Examination contains 80 questions that must be completed in 90 minutes.

CCO has three options for taking written exams: Online Proctored Testing (OPT)Test Center Testing (TCT), and Event Online Testing (EOT)Decide which option is best for you.

Candidates are allowed to use a basic calculator during testing, which will be provided within the testing platform.


Certification is valid for five years. Candidates must pass the Concrete Pump Operator written exam to earn certification. Certificants must recertify during the 12 months prior to their certification’s expiration date. Candidates for certification or recertification may petition for an extension of CCO’s standard timeline(s). CCO staff shall have the discretion to make the initial determination of whether a requested extension should be granted. Petitions for an extension of time are generally denied absent a showing of extraordinary circumstances. Denials of such petitions may be appealed to the Appeals Committee.


The following policies apply to all CCO certification programs:

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


Certified concrete pump operators receive a laminated photo ID card at no cost when they certify or recertify.

Replacement cards may be obtained from CCO at a cost of $25 and ordered online.

Certification cards remain the property of CCO, are not transferable, and must be returned to CCO upon demand.


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

Review recertification requirements for CCO-certified Concrete Pump Operators.

Get complete instructions on How to Recertify.