CICB’s Crane Inspectors Achieve National Certification and Customer Seal of Approval

gI_61801_Qatar InspectorCrane Owners know that a third-party crane inspection performed by an experienced and certified inspector can decrease the crane’s maintenance cost and downtime along with detecting emerging problems with the equipment before it becomes an issue and affects job performance. Crane Inspection & Certification Bureau (CICB) is one of the few in the industry that require their mobile, overhead or tower crane inspectors to be certified by the NCCCO (National Commission for the Certification of Crane Operators). An NCCCO certification is a nationally recognized means of ensuring crane inspectors are qualified to do the jobs they are assigned. Continue reading

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NCCCO Launches Boom Truck Operator Certification Program

The National Commission for the Certification of Crane Operators (NCCCO) today made available the first phase of a new CCO certification program specifically designed for boom truck operators.

The new CCO Boom Truck—Fixed Cab (BTF) operator certification is a subcategory of the CCO Telescopic Boom—Fixed Cab (TSS) certification and was developed specifically for the industries that use these machines such as building supplies, HVAC, sign installation, and tree maintenance. Continue reading

CCO Certified: 100,000 and Counting

image001CCO certification reached a historic milestone last month when the 100,000thperson to be certified through the nationally accredited program since its launch in April 1996 received his certification card.

Because operators often hold certifications for various types of cranes, as well as related programs such as rigger, signal person and crane inspector, the actual number of certifications issued is much higher. In fact, the 75,000 individuals who are currently certified hold more than 240,000 certifications between them. And this equates to more than 850,000 written and practical exams administered over the 18 years NCCCO has been offering its CCO certifications. Continue reading

NCCCO to Offer Certification, Safety Demos, Examiner Workshops at CONEXPO 2014

Also sponsoring the Lift Safety Zone and new Crane & Rigging Education Track

image002Live equipment demonstrations, nationally accredited certification examinations, education sessions, and practical examiner training will all go to make for the largest ever participation at any construction event in almost two decades by the National Commission for the Certification of Crane Operators(NCCCO) at the forthcoming CONEXPO/CON-AGG, the Virginia-based non-profit organization has announced.

New candidates and existing certificants alike will be given an opportunity to take a wide variety of ANSI-accredited and OSHA-compliant CCO written, practical, and recertification exams atCONEXPO/CON-AGG, to be held March 4–8, 2014, in Las Vegas, NV. And thanks to NCCCO’s “Visit CONEXPO—Leave Certified” program featuring onsite scoring and immediate test results, successful candidates will be able to walk away from the event certified. Additionally, practical examiner workshops for most CCO programs will be conducted onsite before and after the exposition. Continue reading

NCCCO Introduces CCO Lift Director Certification Program

NCOOThe National Commission for the Certification of Crane Operators (NCCCO) today made available a national CCO certification program for Lift Directors.

Developed over the past year-and-a-half by an 18-member Lift Director Task Force made up of industry veterans and subject-matter experts, as well as psychometricians from International Assessment Institute (IAI), this new multidisciplinary certification has been created in response to requests from industry stakeholders, including crane users, manufacturers, labor, and insurance companies.
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NCCCO Issues “Top Ten” FAQs on OSHA’s Rule Reopening Plans

NCCCOFollowing the decision by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to extend the effective date of its crane operator certification rule to allow it time to address industry concerns over issues such as “certifying by capacity,” the National Commission for the Certification of Crane Operators (NCCCO) has issued a “Top Ten” list of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) and answers.

“NCCCO is pleased to provide this guidance as a public service,” said NCCCO Executive Director, Graham Brent. “Based on the questions we have received already, it’s clear there is substantial confusion as to why OSHA is extending the deadline, and to what purpose.”

Publication of the Top Ten list was an attempt to “calm fears, ease frustration, and contribute to a better understanding of OSHA’s motives,” Brent said.

The Top Ten FAQs can be accessed at NCCCO’s Rule Reopening Resource Center.

OSHA Urged to Act Swiftly on Crane Rule Reopening “Certifying by Capacity” Requirement Likely to Disappear

In the wake of the announcement by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to extend the compliance date for its crane operator certification requirements, the National Commission for the Certification of Crane Operators (NCCCO) has urged OSHA to pursue the necessary rulemaking without further delay. Continue reading

NCCCO Launches Service Truck Crane Operator Certification Program

NCCCOThe National Commission for the Certification of Crane Operators (NCCCO) today made available a new CCO certification program for service truck crane operators. Service truck cranes are widely used for propane delivery, mining, and heavy equipment assembly, repair, and service, as well as by local municipalities’ service workers. Although relatively small, these cranes are still engaged in lifting operations covered by OSHA 1926 Subpart CC, which requires operators to be certified or qualified if they are involved with material delivery at construction sites. Continue reading

NCCCO Launches Online Certification Verification System

NCCCOThe National Commission for the Certification of Crane Operators (NCCCO) recently launched an online system that allows the credentials of CCO-certified individuals to be instantly verified via the Internet.

Access to the new system, known as Verify CCO Online or “VCO,” is through the NCCCO website www.nccco.org or via a special address, www.verifycco.org. After registering and logging in, users simply enter a certification number and the system provides a listing of all associated certifications, together with their expiration dates. VCO can be accessed at any time from nearly every device with an Internet connection, including computers, smartphones, and tablets. Continue reading

NCCCO Articulating Crane Operator and Rigger Level II Certifications Earn ANSI Accreditation

The National Commission for the Certification of Crane Operators (NCCCO) announced that it has been awarded accreditation by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) for two of its newest certification programs. The CCO Rigger Level II and Articulating Crane Operator certifications are now accredited by ANSI to the ISO/IEC 17024 International Standard for organizations that certify personnel. Continue reading