NCCCO CRANE SAFETY TRAINING & CERTIFICATION

The Delaware Valley Safety Council, in association with the National Commission for the Certification of Crane Operators (NCCCO) and our training and testing partner, US Training Consultants, 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 Signal Person and/or Rigger Level I. Fees are all-inclusive for training, written exams and practical testing.

Program Costs

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Certification Overview

This nationally recognized and internationally accredited certification program is the culmination of many years’ hard work by experts from the varied industries and groups that use cranes, including construction, steel erection, ironworkers, operating engineers, utilities, and crane rental firms. The NCCCO task force that developed this program was made up of experts from all aspects of the crane industry—crane operators, ASME B30 members, signalpersons, training directors, managers, supervisors, insurance representatives—who together represent many thousands of hours of crane operating and signaling experience. These volunteers gave freely of their time and expertise with the goal of improving the safety of all whose work brings them into contact with cranes and lifting equipment.

Eligibility

Requirements for CCO Signalperson certification include the following:

Experience

CCO certification examinations are designed for signalpersons who are trained and who will use hand and voice signals in crane operation.

Written Examination

The CCO Signalperson Written Examination consist of 60 multiple-choice questions. Candidates are allowed 60 minutes to complete the examination.

Practical Examination

The CCO Signalperson Practical Examination requires the candidate to demonstrate proficiency in giving both hand signals and voice commands. The practical exam also assesses the candidate’s understanding of crane dynamics and crane operations per OSHA 29 CFR 1926.1428.

Certification Time Frames

Candidates must pass both Written and Practical Examinations to be certified for a five-year period. The Written and Practical Exams may be taken in either order. Candidates have 12 months from the time they pass their first Written or Practical Exam in which to pass the corresponding (Written or Practical) Exam.

Any tests passed within a 12-month period count towards certification. For example, a candidate who fails the Signalperson Written Exam in January 2015 but passes the Signalperson Practical Exam in June 2015 has until June 2016 to retake (and pass) the Signalperson Written Exam.

If a certified Signalperson subsequently becomes certified as a Rigger Level I and/or Rigger Level II by taking the appropriate written and practical exams, the certification period for the additional designation(s) expires at the same time his/her original certification (i.e., all rigger and signalperson designations expire on the same date, regardless of when in the five-year certification period the candidate passed them). If the new designation(s) is added within the final 24 months of his/her certification period, the certificant is exempt from recertifying for the new designation(s) after five years; after that, however, certificants must recertify for all designations during the 12 months prior to their certifications’ expiration date. This ensures that all of the certificant’s rigger and signalperson designations maintain the same expiration date.

Candidates for certification or recertification may petition for an extension of NCCCO’s standard timeline(s). NCCCO staff shall have the discretion to make the initial determination of whether a requested extension should be granted. Petitions for an extension of time are generally denied absent a showing of extraordinary circumstances. Denials of such petitions may be appealed to the Appeals Committee.

Certification Cards

Certified signalpersons receive a laminated photo ID card at no cost when they certify for the first time and when they complete the requirements for recertification.

A certified signalperson may hold only one certification card at one time. If a candidate has previously certified in any CCO program and subsequently becomes certified as a signalperson, (s)he may request an updated certification card.

Updated or replacement cards may be obtained from NCCCO at a cost of $25. Cards may be ordered online or by contacting Jennifer Warner at jwarner@nccco.org or 727-449-8525.

Certification cards remain the property of NCCCO, are not transferable, and must be returned to NCCCO upon demand.

Recertification

NCCCO certification is valid for five years. Candidates must complete their recertification requirements during the 12 months prior to their expiration date. This includes:

Recertification candidates are allowed two attempts to pass the Signalperson recertification practical exam before their certification expires. Candidates who are unsuccessful after two attempts must take and pass the regular Signalperson written and practical exams.

Certified candidates may take their Practical Recertification Examination up to one year prior to their 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.

[Note: Candidates who recertify more than 12 months prior to their expiration date will have their new certification period begin immediately, not from the end of their current certification period.]

Certification Overview

This nationally recognized and internationally accredited rigger certification program is the culmination of three years’ hard work by experts from the varied industries and groups that use rigging, including construction, steel erection, iron workers, the operating engineers, utilities, petrochemicals, specialty rigging companies, and rigging hardware and sling manufactures. NCCCO task forces were made up of experts from all aspects of the rigging industry—riggers, training directors, managers, supervisors, manufacturers—who together represent many thousands of hours of rigging experience. These volunteers gave freely of their time and expertise with the goal of improving the safety of all whose work brings them into contact with rigging equipment.

Definition of a Rigger

A certified rigger is a person who has been trained and certified to handle and move loads. The level of certification depends upon the individual’s training, knowledge, skill base, and ability to perform functions related to the selection, inspection, and proper use of rigging equipment.

This person may be qualified in a craft or trade and carry an occupational title such as iron worker, electrician, carpenter, millwright, mechanic, laborer, mason, longshoreman, lineman, pipe fitter, boilermaker, and the like. (The persons described in the categories above will be referred to as rigger even though they carry another occupational title.)

Certified Rigger Level I

NCCCO identified the following job duties for Rigger Level I certification. A Certified Rigger Level I can perform simple, repetitive rigging tasks when the load weight, center of gravity, the rigging, and rigging configuration are provided or known by the rigger through experience or on-the-job training prior to the rigging activities. Specifically, Level I Riggers should be able to demonstrate or have knowledge of how to:

  • Inspect rigging before use
  • Identify and attach rigging with basic knowledge of hitch configurations, capacities, and basic knots
  • Recognize associated hazards
  • Signal operations
  • Use various types of rigging equipment and basic hitches and their applications

Eligibility

Requirements for certification include the following:

Experieince

NCCCO certification examinations are designed for persons who have been trained to handle and move loads.

Certified Rigger Level I Exams

Written Examination

The Certified Rigger Level I Written Examination consists of 60 multiple-choice questions. Candidates are allowed 60 minutes to complete the test.

Practical Examination

The successful completion of an NCCCO Certified Rigger Level I Practical Examination demonstrates a candidate’s basic rigging competency.

Certification Time Frames

Candidates must pass both Written and Practical Examinations to be certified for a five-year period. The Written and Practical Exams may be taken in either order. Candidates have 12 months from the time they pass their first Written or Practical Exam for each rigger level in which to pass the corresponding (Written or Practical) Exam.

Any tests passed within a 12-month period count towards certification. For example, a candidate who fails the Rigger Level I Written Exam in January 2015 but passes the Rigger Level I Practical Exam in June 2015 has until the end of June 2016 to retake (and pass) the Rigger Level I Written Exam.

If a certified rigger subsequently becomes certified in an additional rigger or signalperson designation by taking the appropriate written and practical exams, the certification period for the additional designation expires at the same time his/her original certification (i.e., all rigger and signalperson designations expire on the same date, regardless of when in the five-year certification period the candidate passed them). If the new designation is added within the final 24 months of his/her certification period, the certificant is exempt from recertifying for the new designation after five years; after that, however, certificants must recertify for all designations during the 12 months prior to their certifications’ expiration date. This ensures that all of the certificant’s rigger and signalperson designations maintain the same expiration date.

Candidates for certification or recertification may petition for an extension of NCCCO’s standard timeline(s). NCCCO staff shall have the discretion to make the initial determination of whether a requested extension should be granted. Petitions for an extension of time are generally denied absent a showing of extraordinary circumstances. Denials of such petitions may be appealed to the Appeals Committee.

Certification Cards

Certified riggers receive a laminated photo ID card at no cost when they certify for the first time and when they complete the requirements for recertification.

If a candidate has previously certified in another CCO program and subsequently becomes certified as a rigger or holds Rigger Level I certification and adds Level II certification, he/she may request an updated certification card.

Updated or replacement cards may be obtained from NCCCO at a cost of $25. Cards may be ordered online or by contacting Jennifer Warner at jwarner@nccco.org or 727-449-8525.

Certification cards remain the property of NCCCO, are not transferable, and must be returned to NCCCO upon demand.

Recertification

CCO certification is valid for five years. Candidates must complete all of their recertification requirements during the 12 months prior to their certification’s expiration date. This includes:

There is no grace period after certification has expired. Candidates whose certification has lapsed must take the full Written and Practical Examinations to be certified again.

The Certified Rigger Level I Recertification Written Examination consists of 30 multiple-choice questions with a time limit of 30 minutes.

Questions? Please call (856) 558-8797 or email jeri.radio@dvsconline.org

CBT Testing

DVSC is an authorized testing center. CBT written exams are currently available for the Mobile, Tower, Overhead, and Articulating Crane Operator programs as well as Digger Derrick Operator, Rigger, Signalperson, Crane Inspector, and Lift Director programs. Recertification exams for all of these programs except for Signalperson may also be taken on the CBT platform. Testing must be scheduled through the testing provider, PSI.

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