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


Lift Director


The following information applies specifically to the CCO Lift Director certifications.

CCO certification is valid for five years. Recertification candidates must complete all recertification requirements during the 12 months prior to their certification’s expiration date. There is no grace period after their certification expires. Candidates whose certification has lapsed must take the same examinations as required for initial certification to be certified again.

Recertification requirements include:

  • Passing the applicable Recertification Written Examination(s)
    • Lift Director—Mobile Crane Recertification Exam and Mobile Crane Operator Core Recertification Exam
    • Lift Director—Tower Crane Recertification Exam and Tower Crane Operator Recertification Exam
  • Continuing to meet medical requirements
  • Compliance with NCCCO’s Substance Abuse Policy
  • Compliance with the Code of Ethics

The Lift Director Recertification Written Examinations have 26 multiple-choice questions with a time limit of two hours. These exams consist of 10 rigging questions, 10 Lift Director Core questions, three single crane lift plan questions, and three two-crane lift plan questions.

Lift Director Recertification Requirements
If you are seeking recertification for:
Take the corresponding Recertification Exams:
Recertification received
Lift Director Exams
Operator Exams*
Lift Director—Mobile Cranes (MLD)
Lift Director—Mobile Crane Recertification
Mobile Crane Operator Recertification Core**
Lift Director—Tower Cranes (TLD)
Lift Director—Tower Crane Recertification
Tower Crane Operator Recertification**
*Currently CCO-certified mobile crane operators are not required to retake the Mobile Crane Operator Recertification Core Exam. Currently CCO-certified tower crane operators are not required to retake the Tower Crane Operator Recertification Exam for recertification. Lift Director cardholders are not required to retake the Rigger Level II exam for recertification.
 **Lift Director recertificants are eligible to take the operator RECERTIFICATION exams, if not currently operator certified.

Currently CCO-certified operators (TLL, TSS, LBC, LBT, BTF, or TWR) are not required to take the corresponding operator recertification exam(s) as long as they maintain their certification status in good standing. Lift Director recertification candidates who are not currently CCO-certified in the corresponding operator category(ies) are required to take and pass the corresponding operator recertification exam(s) at recertification.

To add an additional Lift Director specialty, complete the Candidate Application used for initial (non-recertification) exams. See the table on the Certification Overview page for which operator exams are required to add a Lift Director specialty (e.g., if adding Lift Director Mobile Crane specialty to Lift Director Tower Crane certification, candidates must take and pass the Mobile Crane Operator Core Exam and two Specialty Exams, TLL or TSS and LBC or LBT). The Rigger Level II written exam is not required for either recertification or adding a Lift Director specialty.

All candidates are allowed two attempts to pass their Lift Director and Operator Recertification Exams before their certification expires. Candidates who are unsuccessful after two attempts must take the same examinations as required for initial certification.

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.

Get complete instructions on How to Recertify