NCCCO Rigger Level I & II Certification Overview

The National Commission for the Certification of Crane Operators (NCCCO)is nationally recognized as the "Gold Standard", and has unrivaled credibility as the leader in the professional credentialing of Crane Operators, Riggers, and Signalpersons. Many states require certification and only acknowledge licenses obtained through NCCCO by an accredited provider.You can find Craneology in the NCCCO's list of accredited Practical Examiners for:
LB, TLL, TSS, STC, RIG-I, RIG-II, and SGP.

A certified Rigger: Has been trained and certified to handle and move loads. There are 2 levels of Rigger certification that depend on the person's training, knowledge, skill base, and ability to perform operations that relate to the selection, inspection, and proper use of rigging equipment.

Rigger Level I

A certified Rigger Level I, can perform simple, repetitive rigging tasks when the load weight, center of gravity, the rigging, and the rigging configuration are provided or known by the rigger through on-the-job training, prior to the rigging activities. Level I Riggers should be able to demonstrate or have knowledge of how to:

Rigger Level II

A certified Rigger Level II, can demonstrate the same knowledge and skills as Rigger Level I, but can also select rigging components and procedures based on rigging capacity. A Rigger Level II can perform the rigging tasks below without supervision:

Candidates Adding Rigger II to
Level I

Rigger Level II can be added to Level I at any time. The caveat is, if a Rigger Level I is in their final year of certification, the person can take the Rigger Level II Written Exam in place of the Level I recertification exam. The candidate must pass the Level II Practical exam within 12 months of passing the Level II Written Exam.

Written Level I Exam Outline

This exam consists of 60 multiple-choice questions, and candidates have 60 minutes to complete it. The exam evaluates the following knowledge areas:

1. Know how to identify the load's travel path

2. Know how to identify load characteristics
a. know how to verify the load weight
b. know how to identify the attachment points

3. recognize special handling requirements

4. recognize unsafe rigging practices
a. pinch points
b. need for softeners
c. load stability
d. shock load
e. side load
f. body positioning
g. electrical hazards

5. know how to identify hazards

6. know how to communicate a hazard identification
1. Understand and apply ASME non-inspection standards
a. mobile and locomotive crane
b. b30.9: Slings
c. b30.10: hooks
d. b30.20: below-the-hook lifting devices
d. b30.26: rigging hardware

2. understand and apply oSHA non-inspection regulations
a. 1910.184: materials handling and storage
b. 1926.251: rigging equipment for material handling
c. 1926.1431: hoisting personnel
1. know ASME frequent inspection standards
a. b30.9: slings
b. b30.10: hooks
c. b30.20: below-the-hook lifting devices
d. b30.26: rigging hardware

2. know osha frequent inspection regulations
a. 1910.184: materials handling and storage
b. rigging equipment for material handling
1. Know how to use slings
a. chain
b. wire rope
c. metal mesh
d. synthetic rope
e. synthetic web
f. synthetic round

2. know how to use rigging hardware
a. shackles
b. adjustable hardware
c. links, rings, and swivels
d. rigging blocks
e. hooks
f. hoists
g. dollies, skates, and rollers
h. a-frames
i. trolleys
j. compression hardware
k. beam clamps
l. softeners
m. eyebolts
n. swivel hoist rings
o. jacks

3. know how to use below-the-hook lifting devices
a. structural (lifting beams)
b. plate clamps
c. beam and girder clamps

4. know proper use of tag lines
a. know proper use of basic knots

5. know post-load movement activities
a. know how to secure the load
b. know how to disconnect the rigging
c. know how to stow the gear

Written Level I Recertification Exam

This exam consists of 30 multiple-choice questions, and candidates have 30 minutes to complete it. This exam is identical to the one for initial certification.

Practical Level I Exam

This exam demonstrates a candidate's basic rigging competency. It evaluates 4 main tasks that increase in the skill level tested. These areas are:

Pre-Use Rigging Inspection
Rigging Hitches
Rigging Connections
Basic Knots

For more specific and broken down detail regarding the Practical Exam and associated tasks, please visit the NCCCO's website.

Written Level II Exam Outline

This exam consists of 40 multiple questions, and candidates have 60 minutes to complete it.

1. Know how to identify the load to be moved

2. know how to identify the load's travel path

3. know how load is to be positioned

2. Know how to identify load characteristics
a. know how to calculate the load weight
b. know how to determine the center of gravity
c. know how to calculate the load dimensions
d. know how to identify the attachment points
e. know any special handling requirements
e1. know the load composition
e2. know the load's structural integrity
f. recognize special handling requirements

3. recognize unsafe rigging practices
a. load stability

4. knowledge necessary to identify hazards

5. knowledge necessary to communicate hazards
1. know how to determine rigging equipment requirements

2. know lifting characteristics of the rigging equipment

3. know how to verify that the rigging can be moved

4. know the responsibilities of the signalperson

5. know the responsibilities of the equipment operator

6. know the responsibilities of the lift director

7. know how to calculate tensions on slings and rigging hardware
1. know how to select slings
a. chain
b. wire rope
c. metal mesh
d. synthetic rope
e. synthetic web
f. synthetic round

2. know how to select rigging hardware
a. shackles
b. adjustable hardware
c. turnbuckles
d. chain hardware
e. links, rings, and swivels
f. rigging block
g. hooks
f.how to select hoists
f1. air
f2. lever
f3. electric
f4. manual (chain falls)

3. dollies/skates/rollers

4. a-frames

5. trolley

6. know how to select compression hardware
a. wire rope clips
b. wedge sockets

7. beam clamps

8. softeners

9. eyebolts

10. swivel hoist rings

11. jacks

12. know how to identify below-the-hook lifting devices
a. structural (lifting beams)
b. mechanical lifting devices (including Vacuum lifting devices)
c. close proximity operated lifting magnets
d. remotely operated lifting magnets
e. scrap and material handling grapples
f. plate clamps
g. beam/girder clamps
1. Understand and apply asme non-inspection standards
a. ASME B30.5: Mobile and Locomotive Crane
b. ASME B30.9: Slings
c. ASME B30.10: Hooks
d. ASME B30.20: Below-the-Hook Lifting Devices
e. ASME B30.26: Rigging Hardware

2. Understand and apply OSHA non-inspection regulations
a. 1910.184: Materials Handling and Storage
b. 1926.251: Rigging Equipment for Material Handling
c. 1926.1431: Hoisting Personnel
1. Know ASME periodic inspection standards
a. B30.9: Slings
b. B30.10: Hooks
c. B30.20: Below-the-Hook Lifting Devices
d. B30.26: Rigging Hardware

2. Know OSHA frequent inspection regulations
a. 1910.184: Materials Handling and Storage
b.1926.251: Rigging Equipment for Material Handling
1. Know how to use slings
a. Chain
b. Wire rope
c. Metal mesh
d. Synthetic rope
e. Synthetic web
f. Synthetic round

2. Know how to use rigging hardware
a. Shackles
b. Adjustable hardware
b1. turnbuckles
b2. chain hardware
c. Links, rings, and swivels
d. rigging Block
e. Hooks
f. Hoists
f1. Air
f2. Lever
f3. Electric
f4. Manual
g. Dollies/skates/rollers
h. A-frames
i. Trolley
j. Compression hardware
j1. Wire rope clips
j2. Wedge sockets
k. Beam clamps (used as attachment point)
l. Softeners
m. Eyebolts
n. Swivel hoist rings
o. Jacks

3. Know how to use below-the-hook lifting devices
a.Structural (lifting beams)
b. Mechanical lifting devices
c. Close proximity operated lifting magnets
d. Remotely operated lifting magnets
e. Scrap and material handling grapples

Written Level II Recertification Exam

This exam consists of 30 multiple questions, and candidates have 60 minutes to complete it. This exam is identical to the one taken for initial certification.

Note:

Candidates only have to take and pass the Rigger Level II recertification Written Exam to maintain both Rigger Level I & II certifications.

Practical Level II Exam

This exam demonstrates a candidate's competency in rigging a load for a level lift and for rotating a load. It evaluates 2 main tasks. These areas are:

Performing A Level Lift
Rigging Frame Rotation

For more specific and broken down detail regarding the Rigger Level I & II Practical Exam and associated tasks, please visit the NCCCO's website.

Practical Exam for Recertification

Not Applicable

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