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

Hosting Written Exams

Criteria for Test Sites

To be an approved test site, facilities must meet all CCO criteria for hosting a written exam. If the facility meets the stated criteria, CCO will provide all necessary information to allow tests to be scheduled.

The examination room must provide adequate separation of candidates, as well as sufficient space for taking the examination. In addition, administration sites must meet the following requirements:

  • There should be only one point of entry and exit—candidates must enter and exit through the same door.
  • The testing room must be an indoor facility suitable for the exam candidates, to include:
    • Quiet, well-lit, properly ventilated with a comfortable temperature and free from distractions to candidates
    • Accessible to candidates with special needs
    • A head table or podium at the front of the room
    • A registration table
    • Easy access to unlocked rest rooms stocked with sufficient supplies
    • Easy access to water fountain
    • Large signs prominently posted making candidates aware of the location of the test
    • A clock visible to all candidates, preferably at the front of the room so that candidates can see it without turning their heads.
  • The examination room should be set up in classroom style. There must be sufficient tables and space for the number of candidates registered (with the ability for candidates and the proctor to move around the tables and chairs). Make certain that the number of candidates can be seated according to the following requirements:
    • 6-foot tables: No more than two candidates per table
    • 8-foot tables: No more than three candidates per table
    • Round tables: No more than one candidate per table (These may be used, but are inefficient due to the requirement of only one candidate per table.)
    • Desks: No more than one candidate per desk. Desks may be used only if their surface area is large enough to hold both the test booklet and answer sheet. They should accommodate both left-handed and right-handed candidates with equal comfort.
    • Conference tables: No more than one candidate per 3 feet and all must face the same direction (without using the ends and opposite side of table)
  • The tables must have smooth writing surfaces and adequate space to accommodate examination booklets and answer sheets without crowding.
  • The testing room must be free of all training aids and training/reference materials, including without limitation posters, writing on boards, and handouts.
  • Candidates must only bring valid photo identification, pencils and a good eraser. NOTE: No books, scratch paper, calculators, reference materials, beepers, cellular phones, or other personal items will be allowed in the examination room. A basic four-function calculator will be provided for use only on exams that permit a calculator.
  • There must be an adequate supply of sharpened #2 pencils for candidates to use on test day.
  • The chairs should be comfortable, with an appropriate height in relation to the tables used. Chairs with backs are preferable to stools or benches without backs.
  • Restrooms should be located near examination rooms, clean, and easy to find. Post directional signs if necessary.
  • Room acoustics must be good. If the room is large, make sure that a microphone is available and that it works well. Candidates in the back of the room must be able to hear verbal instructions clearly.
  • There must be adequate space for proctors to observe candidates easily and move around the room if necessary.
  • Parking should be sufficient to accommodate the number of vehicles expected.