Because of its third-party status as an independent provider of certification, the National Commission for the Certification of Crane Operators (NCCCO) does not offer training. Third-party providers of services are generally prohibited from offering any training because of a potential conflict of interest in the outcome of the certification process.
Nevertheless, NCCCO considers training to be vital to the certification process. Indeed, one of its principal aims has been to stimulate the recognition for the need for professional instruction in the knowledge and skills that define load handling equipment operator competency.
NCCCO recommends that any candidate or instructor desiring to prepare for CCO certification exams utilize the reference materials listed in the appropriate Candidate Handbook and carefully review the Knowledge Areas (Written Exam Outlines) listed there. NCCCO strongly urges employers or candidates seeking training to submit the appropriate NCCCO Knowledge Areas to any training firm they are considering to be sure that the curriculum matches the knowledge areas tested on the CCO exams.
While NCCCO is unable to recommend or endorse any particular training company, NCCCO does maintain a database of training companies that have indicated they offer preparatory training for CCO certification exams. Such companies are permitted to use the CCO logo and/or acronym with permission in accordance with NCCCO’s stated policy (see Use of CCO Logo). No endorsement of the programs offered is implied. Furthermore, this database does not necessarily include all training companies offering preparatory training, and NCCCO cannot and does not make any warranty or guarantee regarding the qualifications or fitness of any training provider.
Training companies are permitted to host written CCO exam administrations; however, no training may be conducted at any CCO test site within one hour of a scheduled written examination. This requirement, which applies to all CCO written test sites nationwide, is designed to reaffirm the separation between the training and testing processes; it also prevents unwarranted interaction on test day between training and testing personnel.
In selecting a training provider, employers, organizations, and candidates should exercise the same caution they do when soliciting products and services from any vendor. NCCCO has prepared some additional guidance on sourcing training.
Firms providing training who wish to be considered for inclusion in this database should complete a Listing Agreement and submit it to NCCCO.
Although NCCCO does not typically get involved in disputes between candidates and training providers, NCCCO does have procedures in place to facilitate the resolution of disputes involving an alleged failure to provide services or make payments for services.
Click here to use the interactive database of training companies that have indicated they offer preparatory training for CCO certification exams.