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




NCCCO Commissioners Represent Diverse Industry Stakeholders

Fourth in a series profiling NCCCO Test Integrity

December 2010 - One of the keys to the success and rapid acceptance of the various certification programs from the National Commission for the Certification of Crane Operators (NCCCO) is the broad range of industry experts who serve on the Commission. This diversity ensures that all groups with a stake in improving crane safety have a voice during the development of CCO programs and that they continue to help guide modifications to those programs to reflect changes in industry and the regulatory environment.

“Giving everyone concerned an opportunity to represent their sector of the industry encourages consensus-building and is a primary strength of NCCCO’s growing list of certification programs,” explained NCCCO President, John Kennedy.  Kennedy serves as Vice President of Manitowoc Cranes. “This is truly an industry-developed and run organization, which ensures that CCO programs continue to respond to industry’s needs and work for everyone involved with cranes and lifting operations.”


NCCCO Commissioners (pictured with Chairman, Kerry Hulse, Deep South Crane & Rigging, center) gathered in Oklahoma City in October for their fall 2010 meeting hosted by local sponsors Flintco, Inc. and Kirby-Smith Machinery, Inc.  The 47 serving Commissioners and Alternates represent such industries as petrochemical, general construction, crane manufacturing, steel erection, safety consulting, crane rental, equipment distribution, training, rigging, and insurance.

The 30 Commissioners meet twice a year, in spring and fall, to oversee and make policy decisions affecting the work performed by NCCCO staff and the subject matter experts who contribute their time and expertise to the Committees that develop and manage the various CCO certification programs. NCCCO Commissioners each serve for a five-year period, enabling continuity of leadership while still giving a variety of industry representatives an opportunity to serve. As a result, NCCCO remains current on what is happening in industry and it can adjust its certification programs accordingly.

“The countless years of crane experience represented by the Commission ensure that NCCCO remains on the cutting edge of issues concerning crane operations and that affect crane users, owners, and the general public,” observed NCCCO Executive Director Graham Brent.