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  • Signalperson, Rigger Level I, & Refresher Practical Examiner Accreditation Workshops Scheduled
    NCCCO is pleased to announce the following Practical Examiner Accreditation Workshops to be held in Salt Lake City, UT:
       • Rigger Level I to be held February 27–28, 2019
       • Rigger Refresher to be held February 25, 2019
       • Signalperson to be held February 26, 2019
       • Signalperson Refresher to be held February 26, 2019
  • Brent to Step Down as CEO of NCCCO
    Leaving after 23 years to head up new foundation
    Graham Brent will step down as CEO of the National Commission for the Certification of Crane Operators (NCCCO) effective July 1 to take up leadership of the recently formed NCCCO Foundation.
  • NCCCO By the Numbers
    A statistical review of NCCCO activity in 2018.
  • Digger Derrick Operator and Practical Examiner Accreditation Refresher—Operator Programs Workshops Scheduled
    NCCCO is pleased to announce the following Practical Examiner Accreditation Workshops to be held in Oklahoma City, OK:
       • Digger Derrick Operator to be held February 13–15, 2018
       • Practical Examiner Accreditation Refresher—Operator Programs to be held
         February 12, 2018
  • Certifications for Drill Rig Operators Introduced
    The National Commission for the Certification of Crane Operators (NCCCO) and the International Association for Foundation Drilling (ADSC) have jointly announced the introduction of a certification program for operators of drill rig equipment.
  • OSHA Crane Operator Certification: Five Things You Need to Know
    Eight years after the rule was originally published, and fully 15 years after the Cranes and Derricks Advisory Committee (C-DAC) finished its revision of the crane rule, OSHA’s requirement for construction crane operators to be certified has come into effect. We look at five key elements of the final rule.
  • NCCCO Publishes Employer Guides to the New Crane Rule
    Following the publication last week of OSHA’s Final Rule on crane operator qualifications, and the triggering, on November 10, of the requirement for crane operators to be certified nationwide, NCCCO has published three Employer Guides, one each on the training, certification, and evaluation requirements covered by the Rule.
  • Final Rule on OSHA Crane Operator Certification Published
    Following the publication in the Federal Register of the Final Rule for the qualification of crane operators, OSHA has provided further guidance and clarification on the effective dates of its new qualification requirements for crane operators. The two most important dates to be aware of are: November 10, 2018—Crane operators must be certified, and February 7, 2019—Employers must evaluate their crane operators.
  • Certification Forum Exceeds Expectations
    All the latest news and views on crane operator certification, program integrity, and a host of related matters were the focus of NCCCO’s Third Annual Forum on Personnel Qualifications that took place October 3 in Baltimore, MD.
  • OSHA Recognizes Certification by Type Alone
    OSHA has issued guidance to its compliance officers that will direct them to accept crane operator certifications that are based on type alone, rather than type and capacity. The guidance document published yesterday is intended to be an interim measure until the new final rule is published since this now looks unlikely to be before the language of the existing rule comes into effect on November 10, 2018.
  • Audits Set Record Pace
    NCCCO Auditors have been conducting practical exam audits at a record pace in 2018, with 307 completed during the first three quarters of the year.
  • Auditors Attend Annual Training
    NCCCO Auditors from across the country descended on the certification body’s Western Regional Office in Murray, Utah, in October to undertake their mandatory annual training to ensure they remain current with recent changes to CCO practical exams.
  • Recertification Is the Hot Ticket in 2018!
    NCCCO is rolling out recertification exams for its newest programs. Recertification exams for Service Truck Crane Operators were launched in April, Digger Derrick Operator was released in September, and Lift Director will be available before the end of the year.
  • Texas Leads Signalperson, Rigger Surge
    NCCCO Signalperson and Rigger Level I/Rigger Level II programs are experiencing a surge in activity with year-to-date figures showing up to a doubling of examinations being administered over the same period.
  • International Activity Continues Apace
    NCCCO representatives continue to actively participate in the international certification and accreditation community with recent staff representation at the annual meeting of the International Accreditation Forum (IAF) in Singapore; a special presentation to the Singapore Ministry of Manpower; the annual conference of the Crane Industry Council of Australia (CICA); a workshop for Zambian government officials on regulatory decision making in Lusaka; and a keynote presentation at the 2018 International Vocational Education and Training Association (IVETA)
  • NCCCO Comments on OSHA’s Proposed Crane Rule
    NCCCO has reviewed OSHA’s Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) and has presented its responses, comments, and recommendations in a 13-page letter. Read the complete text of NCCCO’s comments on the Proposed Rule.
  • NCCCO Presents: Third Annual Industry Forum on Personnel Qualifications
    With OSHA’s November crane operator certification deadline looming, there’s never been a better time to discuss the certification, evaluation, and qualification of crane operators. And that’s exactly what we’ll be doing at NCCCO’s Third Annual Industry Forum on Personnel Qualifications.
  • Signs of a Younger Workforce Emerge
    If preliminary CCO certification statistics for the first half of this year are any indication, there may be some reason to believe a new generation of crane operators could be beginning to emerge.
  • International Crane Experts Meet
    The annual meeting of the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) committee that oversees development and ongoing revision of the international crane standard took place in June in Helsinki, Finland.
  • OSHA’s Certification Rule: 5 Things You Need to Know
    After many years of dialogue with industry as to the meaning of certification and how it should be conducted, OSHA published a Proposed Rule towards the end of May that the agency hopes will fix the issues that have stood in the way of mandatory crane operator certification originally provided for in the crane rule published in 2010.
  • NCCCO Establishes New Violation Report Hotline
    Violations of a certification body’s policies, including the code of ethics and substance abuse policy, can threaten the trustworthiness of a certification program and erode its integrity. NCCCO has always taken such matters very seriously and in line with its policy of continuing improvement, has announced two major enhancements to its program integrity tools.
  • ANSI Reaccredits NCCCO
    Third five-year review is testimony to CCO certification integrity
    After a top-to-bottom review of National Commission for the Certification of Crane Operators’ (NCCCO) certification programs and internal procedures, the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) has reaffirmed the accreditation of all 11 CCO certification programs that NCCCO has submitted to ANSI for review.
  • New CCO Foundation Drill Rig Operator Certification
    Work is well underway on the new CCO certification program for Foundation Drill Rig Operators, which NCCCO is developing in conjunction with ADSC — The International Association of Foundation Drilling.
  • NCCCO Introduces "It’s Not Worth the Wait" Program
    Federal OSHA may have delayed its crane operator certification requirement for another year, but that’s no reason not to pursue training and certification.
  • Investigation and Verification
    NCCCO provides employers with key tools to preserve the integrity of the CCO certification process including an online tool to verify CCO cardholders' current certification status.
  • NCCCO Presents Its Official CONEXPO 2017 Video
    View the official NCCCO at CONEXPO 2017 Video highlighting all of NCCCO's activities.
  • NCCCO Marks 20 Years of Providing Crane Operator Certification Services to Industry
    Two Decades On, Crane-Related Death and Serious Injury Significantly Reduced
    The National Commission for the Certification of Crane Operators (NCCCO) today announced the 20th anniversary of its professionally developed and nationally accredited personnel certification programs.
  • What Does It Mean to be CCO-certified?
    A certified crane operator is not necessarily CCO-certified. Only NCCCO can provide the widely adopted and recognized CCO certification. While there are other companies that seek to certify crane operators, only one organization—the National Commission for the Certification of Crane Operators (NCCCO)—provides CCO certification. For nearly twenty years, successful completion of the CCO certification requirements has informed the world that a crane operator is certified to NCCCO's high standards. Both "NCCCO" and "CCO" are federally registered trademarks owned by NCCCO and used in connection with education testing and certification. Learn more about CCO certification.



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