NCCCO Details

The Foundation has a new partnership with NCCCO that enables us to award grant applicants with NCCCO certification programs. Please indicate on your application the certification program you are interested in obtaining. Please note: all NCCCO certifications require a written and practical assessment to complete the certification.

Safety is one of the most important issues facing the crane industry. Accidents on the construction site have many costsdeath or serious injury, property damage, lost time, and litigation. The inherent hazards involved in lifting operations mean that only qualified professionals should operate cranes and digger derricks, rig loads, signal operators, inspect cranes, and plan and direct lifts. Standardized assessment and certification of the skills and knowledge required for safe operation have repeatedly proven to improve safety.

NCCCO offers internationally accredited certifications for the following job functions:

  • Mobile Crane Operatorsfor operators of lattice boom, telescopic boom, service truck, and boom truck cranes
  • Tower Crane Operatorsfor operators of hammerhead, luffing jib, or self-erecting tower cranes
  • Overhead Crane Operatorsfor operators of overhead bridge or gantry cranes
  • Articulating Crane Operatorsfor operators of articulating boom cranes and loaders (also known as “material loaders” or “wallboard cranes”)
  • Digger Derrick Operatorsfor those who operate these unique pieces of equipment, which have their own capabilities and risks
  • Signalpersonsfor those who signal the crane operator during a lift
  • Riggersfor those who prepare loads for safe lifting; Riggers Level I and Rigger Level II certifications available

For a complete description of all NCCCO offerings visit their website.

All CCO certifications are accredited by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) and meet the requirements defined under OSHA’s new rules for cranes and derricks used in construction (29 CFR 1926 Subpart CC). NCCCO representatives regularly liaise with OSHA officials to seek clarifications of the new rules, relay concerns from industry, and ensure that CCO examinations remain in compliance.


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 thorough, independent assessments 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 cranes.