Crane Safety Training & Certification Program

National Commission Certification of Crane OperatorsThe Delaware Valley Safety Council, in association with the National Commission for the Certification of Crane Operators (NCCCO) and our training and testing partner, ETS, is offering a comprehensive crane safety training & testing program. The program is designed to prepare the student to be able to successfully complete the NCCCO written and practical tests for Signalperson and/or Rigger Level I. Fees are all-inclusive for training, written exams and practical testing.

In addition, DVSC has open enrollment for testing only.


Crane Safety Training Schedule

To be determined 

Day 1:
Signalperson Class


Day 2:
Rigger Class


Day 3:
Signalperson & Rigger Written Exam
Signalperson Practical Test
Rigger Practical Test (depending on class size)
Day 4:
Rigger Practical Test (depending on class size)
Day 5:
Rigger Practical Test (depending on class size)
Crane Safety Program Costs

Signal/Rigger I Training, (Includes Written Tests & Practical Tests) – $1,625

Crane Operator Recertification, (Includes Written Tests) – $1,875

How to Register

(1)  Complete the NCCCO Candidate Application. You will NOT have to supply a photo, as we will take your photo when you check in. You will NOT need to fill out the Method Of Payment section of the application, as payment is done through the registration form. Be sure to sign and date page two of the NCCCO form.

Download NCCCO Candidate Application

(2)  Complete the Registration Form.

Download Registration Form

(3)  E-mail BOTH completed forms to

Note: Students must complete and submit the NCCCO Candidate Application to avoid the $50 late fee. All incomplete forms will incur a $30 fee, per application.

Introducing NCCCO

NCCCO was formed in January 1995 as a non-profit organization with its mission to develop effective performance standards for safe crane operation to assist all segments of general industry and construction.By providing a thorough, independent assessment of knowledge and skills, NCCCO aims to enhance lifting equipment safety, reduce workplace risk, improve performance records, stimulate training, and give due recognition to the professionals who work in, with and around cranesThe establishment of NCCCO was the culmination of almost 10 years continuous work by representatives of all industries that use cranes. In essence, the NCCCO program was developed by industry for industry, and continues to be supported by it.This diversity continues to be reflected through NCCCO’s Commissioners and Board of Directors who represent such groups as: contractors, labor unions, rental firms, owners, government, regulatory and standards-setting agencies, steel erectors, manufacturers, equipment distributors, construction firms, training consultants, and insurance companies.The wealth of crane knowledge these experts have brought to this effort has been coupled with the psychometric expertise of one of the nation’s most prestigious credentialing organizations, International Assessment Institute (IAI). IAI played a crucial role in the development of the NCCCO program and continues to assist in the administration and further development of NCCCO written and practical examinations.This combination of crane-related experience and exam development knowledge has been supplemented with input from the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) as well as the ANSI/ASME committees that developed and revise the B30 crane standard. The result is a sound, valid and effective test of an operator’s proficiency.Clearly, everyone-employers, operators, and the general public-has much to gain from ensuring only qualified people operate in and around cranes. You’ll find much more information about the NCCCO program on this web site, but if you have any other questions at any time, do not hesitate to contact us.

NCCCO Program Key Facts
  • The National Commission for the Certification of Crane Operators (NCCCO) is an independent, not-for-profit organization incorporated in January 1995 to establish and administer a nationwide program for the certification of crane operators
  • NCCCO has administered over 615,000 written and practical examinations to more than 135,000 operators in all 50 states, ensuring that a significant portion of crane operators throughout the nation are informed, trained, and qualified. Testing Data is available here.
  • NCCCO programs meet federal OSHA regulations and American National Standard ASME B30.
  • The NCCCO national crane operator certification program is recognized by the federal Occupational Safety & Health Administration as meeting OSHA’s requirements for crane operator competency. This formal agreement between OSHA and NCCCO provides significant benefits for employers who adopt the CCO-certification program.
  • The goals of NCCCO’s nationwide certification programs include reduced risk of loss, fewer accidents, more consistent training, and expanded job opportunities for those who work in and around cranes.
  • CCO certification is designed to assure both industry and the general public that employees working with cranes are skilled and knowledgeable.
  • An NCCCO certification card is issued to those who meet eligibility requirement and pass written and practical exams demonstrating fundamental knowledge of and skill in safe operations.
  • NCCCO has the support of a diverse group of crane-using industries, including construction, utilities, energy, steel erection, crane rental, automotive, petrochemicals, and pulp/paper.
  • NCCCO activities center on these three specific areas:
    • Validating knowledge and proficiency
    • Developing and administering examinations to test that knowledge and proficiency
    • Issuing certification to those who meet the criteria appropriate criteria
  • NCCCO programs are :
    • National in scope
    • Operated by the private sector (non-profit)
    • Independent of labor relations policies
    • Tailored to different types of crane-related activities
    • Require recertification every five years
    • Require both written and practical tests
    • Accredited by nationally recognized professional credentialing authorities (ANSI and NCCA)
    • Officially recognized by Federal OSHA
  • Examinations are administered on demand at sites across the US. Tests are available in traditional paper-and-pencil format and through Computer-Based Testing (CBT) nationwide.
  • In addition to the Occupational Safety & Health Administration, NCCCO also works closely with other U.S. federal agencies including the Department of Defense, the Department of Education, the Department of Energy, Department of the Navy, the U.S. Corps of Engineers, and the Department of Veterans Affairs.
  • NCCCO coordinates its testing services through all major industry groups, and is formally recognized by many including:
    • American Society of Civil engineers (ASCE)
    • American Subcontractors Association (ASA)
    • Articulating Crane Council of North America (ACCNA)
    • Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM)
    • Associated General Contractors of America (AGC)
    • Crane Manufacturers Association of America (CMAA)
    • Specialized Carriers & Rigging Association (SC&RA)
    • Construction Institute (CI)
    • Crane Certification Association of America (CCAA)
    • International Sign Association (ISA)
    • International Union of Operating Engineers (IUOE)
    • Steel Erectors Association of America (SEAA)
    • The Association of Union Constructors (TAUC)
    • United Association (UA)
About ETS

ets-logo-revisedAfter years serving as consultants and expert witnesses in the construction industry, we have seen first hand the damage that can be caused by unsafe work practices.  At ETS our goal is simple, to provide members of the construction industry with the proper training to ensure a safe and productive work environment.

Equipment Training Solutions is a full service training company. In addition to our state of the art digital training aids, our instructors will come to your facility and train your personnel on a variety of safety topics.   Our staff has over 35 years field experience in the construction industry, as well as, the development and implementation of training materials.

Our staff is composed of some of the nation’s top instructors on the forefront of construction safety and training, as directors and instructors of some of the nation’s premiere training facilities, they have produced thousands of construction industry professionals.  In addition to our hands on training experience in the following areas:

  • OSHA Forklift Certification
  • Mobile Crane Operator Training and NCCCO Certification
  • Tower Crane Operator Training and NCCCO Certification
  • Overhead Crane Operator Training and NCCCO Certification
  • Signal Person Training, Qualification and NCCCO Certification
  • Rigger Training and NCCCO Certification

We also serve on many Associations, Boards and Committees such as:

ncccoNational Commission for the Certification of Crane Operators (NCCCO)

Chairman – Appeals Committee
Alternate Commissioner – Board of Commissioners
Member – Written Examination Management Committee (Mobile Crane)
Member – Practical Examination Management Committee (Mobile Crane)
Member – Written and Practical Examination Management Committee (Tower Crane)
Member – Auditor/Mentor Committee
Member – Written and Practical Examination Management Committee (Signal person)
Accredited – Practical Examiner (Mobile, Tower, Overhead, Articulating Cranes,  Signal person, and Rigger)
Auditor (Mobile, Articulating, Tower Overhead Cranes, Signal Person, and Rigger)
Certified Crane Operator (All Mobile, Articulating, Tower and Overhead)
Certified Signal Person
Certified Rigger

asmeAmerican Society of Mechanical Engineers (A.S.M.E.)

Member – B30 Main Committee
Member – B30.3 Sub-Committee – Tower Cranes
Member – B30.5 Sub-Committee – Mobile Cranes
Member – B30.22 Sub-Committee – Articulating Crane
Member – B30.27 Sub-Committee – Material Placement Systems
Member – B30.29 Sub-Committee – Self-Erect Tower Cranes

njState of New Jersey

New Jersey Licensed Crane Operator
Member – New Jersey Crane Operator License Advisory Board
Former Support Specialist – New Jersey Task Force One – Urban Search and Rescue Unit


paState of Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania Licensed Crane Operator
Member Pennsylvania State Board of Crane Operators

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