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The Mobile Crane Certification Process

  1. Compliance with ASME B30.5 Physical Requirements
  2. Determine the Cranes on Which You Want to be Certified
  3. Prepare for the Written Exam
  4. Register for the Written and Hands On Test with NCCCO
  5. Dates for Pencil-and-Paper Tests and Application
  6. Dates for LaserGrade Tests and Application
  7. Take the Written Exam
  8. Take the Hands On Practical Exam
  9. Compliance with NCCCO Code of Ethics

Compliance with ASME B30.5 Physical Requirements

You must be at least 18 years of age

You must provide a completed http://nccco.org/general/documents/Physical_Form0507.pdf (valid for three years); or provide a current DOT (Department of Transportation) Medical Examiner’s Certificate (valid for two years)

Determine the Cranes on Which You Want to be Certified

Lattice Boom Crawler Cranes (LBC)
Lattice Boom Truck Cranes (LBT)
Telescopic Boom Cranes—Swing Cab (TLL)
Telescopic Boom Cranes—Fixed Cab (TSS)

Experience

NCCCO Certification Exams are designed for Crane Operators who are TRAINED and who currently work in crane operations.

Prepare for the Written Exam

Complete the CraneTestPrep Online Training at www.cranetestprep.com and review the questions and Load Chart sections for your crane type.You have 60 days during the subscription period to review this information.CraneTestPrep provides over 900 multiple choice questions and numerous Load Chart questions typically found on the CCO exam.CraneTestPrep is convenient and economical, saving your company money by allowing students to study from home without taking time off from the work day.

Register for the Written and Hands On Test with NCCCO

(see http://www.nccco.org/certification/testing.html )

Candidates must register for the Core and at least one of the Specialty Examinations.

Mobile Crane Operator written exams and recertification exams may be taken either in a traditional pencil-and-paper format at an approved NCCCO written exam test site or at a computer-based test at more than 250 PSI/LaserGrade test centers across the country. The content ofboth test formats is identical.

If you desire to take a pencil and paper test, go to:http://www.nccco.org/training/traincompanies.html to find a training provider near you.

If you desire to take a LaserGrade test, go to:http://www.lasergrade.com/locate.shtml, select “National Commission for the Certification of Crane Operators (NCCCO)” as the sponsor.This webpage will tell you the closest testing center.

Dates for Pencil-and-Paper Tests and Application

(see http://www.nccco.org/general/testsites.html )


Dates for LaserGrade Tests and Application

(See http://www.nccco.org/general/cbt.html )

Fees

(See http://iaiexam.com/cbtfees.htm )

Take the Written Exam

Whether pencil-and-paper or computer based exam, the Mobile Crane Operator Written Examination consists of a Core Examination on Crane Operation and up to four Crane Specialty Examinations. Certification requires competency in BOTH the Core and one or more Specialty category(s). The Core Examination has 90 multiple-choice questions. Candidates are allowed 90 minutes to complete the Core Examination. Each Specialty Examinations consists of 26 multiple-choice questions. Candidates are allowed 60 minutes to complete each Specialty Examination.

ALL candidates are required to take the Core Examination, regardless of the Specialty(s) in which they wish to be certified.

The NCCCO Written Specialty Examinations are:

Lattice Boom Crawler Cranes (LBC)
Lattice Boom Truck Cranes (LBT)
Telescopic Boom Cranes—Swing Cab (TLL)
Telescopic Boom Cranes—Fixed Cab (TSS)

Candidates meeting the eligibility requirements may take the Written and Practical Examinations in any order.

Candidates have 12 months after they pass their first exam (Written or Practical) to pass the other corresponding Written or Practical Exam(s) in the same category(s).

Take the Hands On Practical Exam

The Mobile Crane Operator Practical Examination demonstrates crane operation proficiency and is available in three crane types:

Lattice Boom Cranes (covering both LBC and LBT)
Telescopic Boom Cranes—Swing Cab (TLL)
Telescopic Boom Cranes—Fixed Cab (TSS)

A candidate must pass the Written Core and at least one Specialty Examination as well as the corresponding Practical Exam(s) to be Certified for a five-year period.

Go to http://www.nccco.org/training/traincompanies.html to find a training provider near you.

Call them to find out when they test and arrange for payment with them.

Compliance with NCCCO Code of Ethics

Comply with NCCCO’s Substance Abuse Policy
Comply with the NCCCO Code of Ethics