Welcome to the CCO Crane Inspector certification program. The NCCCO Crane Inspector Task Force that developed this certification program was made up of experts from all aspects of the crane industry—crane inspectors, crane users, trainers, safety supervisors, manufacturers—who together represent many thousands of hours of crane-related experience. These volunteers gave freely of their time and expertise with the primary goal of improving the quality of crane inspections and promote additional training among crane inspection personnel.
CRANE INSPECTOR DIRECTORY
CCO-certified crane inspectors are eligible have their names, contact details, and certification designations posted in NCCCO’s online Crane Inspector Directory. Use the form in the Crane Inspector Candidate Handbook to apply for your free listing.
HOW TO BECOME CCO-CERTIFIED
Visit How to Test for instructions on applying for and taking CCO Written Exams.
Complete instructions and exam applications are also contained in the Candidate Handbook for each program.
Requirements for certification include the following:
- Be at least 18 years of age
- Meet experience requirements (All Crane Inspector candidates must submit a completed Experience Form and relevant documentation for review at least two weeks prior to submitting their exam Candidate Applications.)
- Pass Written Examinations
- Comply with NCCCO’s Substance Abuse Policy
- Comply with NCCCO’s Code of Ethics
All applicants must demonstrate at least five years of crane-related experience. The five years shall include duties such as:
- Crane inspector
- Crane operator
- Crane mechanic/technician
- Crane shop foreman
Related education may be substituted for related experience at a ratio of two years of education for one year of experience up to three years. Related education includes courses in:
- Applied mathematics
- Applied science courses in non-destructive testing
- Construction technology
Technical courses in:
- Heavy equipment mechanic/technician
- Welding technology
EXPERIENCE FORM SUBMISSION
At least two weeks before submitting their exam candidate applications, all crane inspector candidates must demonstrate their qualifications by filling out a form detailing their pertinent experience, education, training, and references. This experience form must be completed and reviewed by NCCCO prior to submitting applications for testing. NCCCO will process candidates’ completed forms within two weeks of submittal; after being reviewed, candidates are notified by email whether they are eligible to register for the written exams or if more information is required.
A $50 Experience Form Processing Fee must be paid when the experience form is submitted. To avoid any delays, candidates are encouraged to be as detailed as possible when completing. Candidates must submit proof of experience (documentation, letters of recommendation, transcripts, résumé, etc.) along with their completed Experience Form submission.
All Crane Inspector candidates must submit this form and relevant documentation for review at least two weeks prior to submitting their exam Candidate Applications. Candidates must make their best attempt to complete all sections of the form. Applications that are deemed incomplete or inadequate will be rejected and additional information may be required. The form is available via the NCCCO Handbooks and Forms page.
CCO WRITTEN EXAMINATIONS
The Crane Inspector Written Examination consists of a Core Examination, specialty examinations for the Mobile Crane Inspector and Tower Crane Inspector certifications, and a single comprehensive exam for the Overhead Crane Inspector certification. Each candidate must also successfully pass the respective operator exam(s); however, currently CCO-certified operators are not required to take the corresponding operator exam as long as they maintain their certification status in good standing.
The tables below detail the exams necessary to be certified for each crane type and the contents of those exams. To provide each candidate with a fair and standardized administration of the written examination(s), and to ensure the reliability and validity of the written examinations is maintained, it is not recommended that a candidate schedule written exams totaling more than six hours of testing time on the same day.
Written exams may be taken as either paper/pencil tests (PPT) or computer-based tests (CBT), as described under How to Test.
CCO PRACTICAL EXAMINATIONS
The practical exam component of the crane inspector certification is incorporated in the written exams through the use of scenario-based questions using images of real-life situations. These real-world scenarios test crane inspectors’ abilities to identify deficiencies and hazards commonly seen in the field.
CCO CERTIFICATION TIME FRAMES
Certification is valid for five years. Candidates must pass Written Exam(s) in the category(s) for which they seek certification. Candidates may take their exams in any order. Candidates have 12 months after they pass their first exam to pass the corresponding exam(s). For example, a candidate passing the Crane Inspector Core Exam in January 2015 has until the end of January 2016 to pass the Mobile Crane Inspector Exam.
If a certified inspector subsequently becomes certified in additional crane types by taking the appropriate written exams, the five-year certification period for the additional crane types begins at the same time as he/she was originally certified (i.e., certification for all crane types 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 crane inspector designations maintain the same expiration date.
The following table details the exams necessary for each crane inspector certification:
The following table shows each crane inspector exam’s contents and duration:
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.
The following policies apply to all CCO certification programs:
These policies are also covered in the Candidate Handbooks for each program.
Certified inspectors receive a laminated photo ID card at no cost when they certify, add a designation, or recertify.
Replacement cards failed may be obtained from NCCCO at a cost of $25 and ordered online.
Certification cards remain the property of NCCCO, are not transferable, and must be returned to NCCCO upon demand.
CCO certification is valid for five years. Recertification candidates must complete all recertification requirements during the 12 months prior to their expiration date.
Review recertification requirements for CCO-certified Crane Inspectors.
Get complete instructions on How to Recertify.