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

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  • Improving Your Testing Experience
    We have changed the screen layout for the CCO testing platform; users can now independently scroll the exam on the left and any applicable references in a separate window on the right.
  • NCCCO Elects Directors, Officers for 2024/2025
    The CCO Board of Directors has announced the industry leaders who will serve during 2022–2023.
  • Mobile Crane Operator Exams to Include New Pilot Questions
    Beginning July 15, candidates taking the Mobile Crane Operator exams will encounter additional unscored questions, including some fill-in-the-blanks questions on Specialty Exams.
  • CCO to Increase Practical Exam Validity
    As part of our ongoing commitments to improvement as well as to providing fair and valid assessments, Practical Exam Proctors (PEPs) will soon be required to take photos at specified milestones during practical exams.
  • Be a Difference Maker!
    Join the ranks of the industry’s finest by serving on a CCO Exam Management Committee (EMC). We’re calling for passionate individuals ready to shape the future of CCO certifications.
  • CCO Concrete Pump Operator Certification Adds Practical Exam
    Effective July 15, 2024, candidates seeking CCO certification for Concrete Pump Operators will be required to pass a practical examination as well as a written exam.
  • Enhancements Coming to Your Online Proctored Testing Experience
    CCO's Online Proctored Testing (OPT) platform will soon have integrated chat, so no additional software is required to take OPT exams.
  • CCO Recognizes Top Training Providers for Outstanding Commitment to Safety
    CCO is proud to announce the recipients of the 2024 Training Provider Awards, recognizing their exemplary efforts in preparing candidates for CCO exams.
  • 2024 CCO Employer Award Recipients Named
    CCO is excited to announce the winners of the 2024 CCO Employer Awards, celebrating companies committed to workplace safety through CCO certification.
  • Honoring CCO Volunteers
    At the core of CCO lies a network of dedicated volunteers whose tireless efforts shape the very fabric of our organization. National Volunteer Month serves as a reminder to honor the hundreds of contributors who have helped shape CCO’s portfolio.
  • CCO Simplifies Crane Inspector Certification Requirements
    CCO has reduced the number of exams required for earning CCO Crane Inspector certification, making the pathway to certification easier and more affordable without compromising quality.
  • Updates to myCCO Coming Soon!
    CCO is excited to announce changes to the myCCO portal designed to enhance the stakeholder experience and provide even greater convenience when accessing exam-related information.
  • What’s Up with CCO’s “Trick” Questions?
    While there are no questions on CCO exams intended to trick anyone, questions are intended for the candidate to read and understand the question, apply their knowledge, and identify the single correct answer.
  • Maximizing Jobsite Safety
    Until CCO released its new Telehandler Operator certification, there was no standard covering what operators should know to operate safely.
  • Spanish Bilingual Committee Formed
    CCO has recently formed a new Spanish Bilingual Committee to ensure that professional translations of all Spanish language CCO exams have been translated appropriately for Spanish speakers in the U.S.
  • CCO EDU Formed to Focus on Developing, Auditing, and Approving Training Providers
    NCCCO is excited to announce the formation of CCO Education Services LLC (CCO EDU).
  • CCO and the NCCCO Foundation Enter Alliance with OSHA
    CCO and the NCCCO Foundation recently entered into a formal agreement with the federal OSHA through the OSHA Alliance Program to keep the industry informed of OSHA’s applicable safety-related initiatives.
  • Three Ways to take CCO Written Exams
    CCO now has three options for taking written exams: Online Proctored Testing (OPT), Test Center Testing (TCT), and Event Online Testing (EOT).
  • Practical Scoring Speeds Up
    CCO is updating its practical exam administration process leveraging the latest technology.
  • ANAB Reconfirms CCO Accreditation
    The ANSI National Accreditation Board (ANAB) Personnel Certification Accreditation Committee has voted to grant CCO continued accreditation for 2023–2024.
  • myCCO to Include Photos
    CCO is thrilled to add candidate photos to myCCO and the Verify CCO Online (VCO) system. This new feature will allow candidates to manage their own photos and allow employers to have a higher level of certainty when verifying certification.
  • myCCO Mobile App Updated with New Functionality
    CCO is excited to announce a recent update to the myCCO mobile app for iPhones and Android.
  • CCO Streamlines, Simplifies Lift Director Certification
    CCO is reducing the number of exams required for earning CCO Lift Director to make certification more accessible.
  • CCO Testing in 2024
    CCO has announced exam fees for 2024. Fees for practical exams and all written exam modalities except for paper-pencil testing (PPT) will remain the same as 2023.
  • CCO Seeks Injunctive Relief and Damages
    CCO has filed legal action in Texas against three individuals and one company for claims arising from a scheme to fraudulently certify individuals, including claims for fraud, unfair competition, copyright infringement, breach of contract, and conspiracy.
  • CCO’s Transition to Test Center Testing
    CCO is excited to release details on Test Center Testing (TCT), the newest way for candidates to take written exams. TCT exams are delivered via computer at a facility established specifically for administering secure exams.
  • Are You up to Speed with Requirements for Riggers?
    The newest ASME B30.5 standard for mobile cranes went into effect late last year and has new requirements for riggers. The two key differences in the new standard affect when a qualified rigger is required, and what constitutes a “qualified” rigger.
  • Qualification vs Certification: What’s the Difference?
    In many instances, OSHA or standards such as ASME require an individual to be qualified. But what does that mean, how is qualification documented, and what’s the difference between “qualification” and “certification”?
  • Physical Whiteboards Permitted during Event Online Testing and Online Proctored Testing
    In response to feedback received during the initial launch of CCO’s new Online Proctored Testing (OPT) option, CCO is excited to announce a change to materials permitted during the exam.
  • Call for Volunteers: Side Boom Tractor Task Force Members Needed to Develop New Certification Program
    CCO has announced plans to develop a new certification program for operators of side boom tractors. This development is a result of multiple industry requests, a desire to bring safety to operators of this equipment who encounter unique challenges and hazards, and to ensure compliance with ASME B30.14 and OSHA.
  • Evaluators of Crane Operators Task Force Now Set
    CCO is honored to announce that 19 industry experts have been selected to develop a new certification program for evaluators of crane operators.
  • CCO Simplifies Exam Results
    As CCO continues to improve processes and review best practices in the industry, candidates will see changes in their score reports. Moving forward, candidates will receive a pass or fail result only rather than a numerical or percentage score.
  • Unveiling New Testing Options
    Candidates can now opt to take their CCO written exams using the new Online Proctored Testing (OPT) option on their own internet-connected computer from almost anywhere, 24/7/365.
  • Latest CCO Certification Cards Rely on QR Code for Details
    CCO has improved the design of the ID cards issued to CCO certificants by removing all time-sensitive data and relying instead on the real-time data reported via the Verify CCO Online (VCO) system. As a result, those who verify certification will have access to much more accurate and up-to-date data.
  • More Ways to Reach CCO
    There’s exciting news from the CCO Customer Service Department! We’re excited to introduce you to a virtual web chat option, affectionately named "Derrick."
  • New CCO Certification for Telehandler Operators Launches
    CCO is announcing the first telehandler operator certification that meets OSHA 1926 and OSHA 1910 requirements. Candidates will be able to apply for the new exams as early as December 1, the same day that the practical exams will be first available.
  • CCO Announces New myCCO Portal, an Account Portal for All CCO Candidates and Customers
    The updated myCCO portal website is the one-stop shop to create candidate and customer accounts, apply for certification exams, and see exam results and certifications. Sets the stage for launch of new exam modalities.
  • CCO to Develop Credential for Crane Operator Evaluators
    CCO is set to develop a credential for crane operator evaluators that will meet OSHA regulations. By offering this credential, CCO hopes to bring some clarity and uniformity to evaluations, to make evaluations more reliable and defensible, and to establish a “gold standard” for the qualification of crane operator evaluators.
  • Rigger Responsibilities and Qualification Requirements Explained
    Sixth in a series of related articles reviewing the roles that have been identified when working with cranes, explaining Riggers’ responsibilities, defining their training requirements, and outlining their documentation requirements.
  • CCO Announces “CCO Cares” Initiative
    CCO wants candidates and certificants to know that they are more than just a certification number. CCO understands that behind each program participant is a hard-working, safety-minded professional who cares deeply about the work they do.
  • New CCO Certification for Concrete Pump Operators Now Available
    Candidates may now apply and take the exam for the new CCO Concrete Pump Operator certification.
  • Understanding the OSHA Compliance Directive
    The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has released a new compliance directive CPL 02-01-063 for cranes and derricks.
  • CCO Certification Meets All Signal Person Qualification Requirements
    Fifth in a series of related articles reviewing the roles that have been identified when working with cranes, explaining Signalpersons’ responsibilities, defining their training requirements, and outlining their documentation requirements.
  • Crane Operator Responsibilities and Requirements
    Fourth in a series of related articles reviewing the personnel roles that have been identified when working with cranes, explaining Crane Operators' responsibilities, defining their training requirements, and outlining their documentation requirements.
  • CCO Simplifies and Standardizes Mobile Crane CADs
    CCO is adopting standardized test site layouts for the Mobile Crane Operator certification program.
  • Detailing Digger Derrick Operator Certification Requirements
    Because one of its primary activities is lifting and moving loads, a digger derrick may be performing as a crane in construction activities and needs to follow OSHA regulations.
  • Responsibilities of Lift Directors
    Third in a series of related articles reviewing the personnel roles that have been identified when working with cranes, explaining Lift Directors' responsibilities, defining their training requirements, and outlining their documentation requirements.
  • Responsibilities of Supervisors, Users and Owners
    Second in a series of related articles reviewing each of the roles that have been identified when working with cranes, this article explains the responsibilities of Site Supervision/Controlling Entity, Crane Owner, and Crane User.
  • Responsibilities of On-Site Personnel for Cranes
    First in a series of related articles reviewing each of the roles that have been identified when working with cranes, explaining the responsibilities, defining the training requirements, as well as outlining the documentation requirements.
  • Yes, OSHA Requires Dedicated Pile Driver Operators to Be Certified
    Those the pile driving industry may not have realized that they were also impacted by the OSHA crane rule that went into effect in November 2018, including the requirement for operators to be certified.
  • OSHA Reveals Top Crane Violations
    Find out how NCCCO and CCO certification programs can help employers ensure personnel working in and around their equipment have documented qualification through fair, unbiased, defensible certification, thereby avoiding costly OSHA fines.
  • Signalperson and Rigger: Qualification vs. Certification
    Federal OSHA has specific—but different—qualification requirements for signalpersons and riggers. In both cases people often wonder whether “certification” equals “qualification,” and, if not, what the difference is.
  • How Are CCO Exams Developed?
    Written and practical exams are developed after a comprehensive job analysis process.