Frequently Asked Questions - CCO Training & Certification

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1.     Are you NCCCO Accredited?

Yes! Craneology Inc. is accredited by the NCCCO in LB, TLL, TSS, STC, STC, RIG-I, RIG-II, and SGP. Craneology is also both a Written and Practical Exam site. Our staff are NCCCO Accredited Examiners.

2.     Do you have any cranes on-site, so I can have a hands on learning experience to prepare me for my CCO Practical Exam?

Yes! We do have our own Lattice Boom Crawler (LBC), Fixed Cab (TSS), and Swing Cab (TLL) on-site. If you need to train and certify on any other type of crane, we can certainly do that at your location, with your cranes.

3.     What CCO Certifications do you offer?

At Craneology Inc., we offer CCO certifications for Mobile Crane Operator, Rigger I & II, Signalperson, as well as recertifications for Mobile Crane Operator, Rigger I & II, Signalperson, Overhead Crane Operator, and 1 to 3 Mobile Crane Types. You can find more information by clicking on the link below, and even more detailed information on each certification by clicking the links on that page by title.

CCO Certifications We Offer

4.     What training courses do you offer?

At Craneology Inc., we offer numerous training courses, both Stand Alone and Group Courses. Stand Alone courses must be conducted at our location, but Group Courses have a minimum and maximum student requirement and can be conducted at our location or yours. You can find a list of all our course offerings at the link below.
CCO Training Courses We Offer
For employers, please see the link below for CCO fees and other pertinent information.

For Employers

5.     What other services do you offer, aside from crane, rigger, & signalperson training and certification?

At Craneology Inc., we offer non-student services to include Written and Practical CCO Exams, Telescopic Boom Practice, Lattice Boom Practice, Crane Training Consultation, Crane Safety Consultation, Accident Investigation & Expert Witness Services. For pricing information, see the link below.

Non-Student Services

6.     What are your business hours?

Our standard operating hours are from Monday - Friday, from 8am - 5pm. However, we will open on the weekends, if possible, and as requested. If you need our services on the weekend, please notify us in advance.

7.     Where are you located?

We're centrally located in Southern California, in the city of Perris, Riverside County. For directions, click the link below.

Directions to Craneology Inc.

8.     Does my employer have to send me to your site, or can you come to ours?

Your employer can absolutely send you to our site, should they so choose, but we will also travel to your location upon request. Depending on the number of students and type of certification, we will work out the details with your employer in order to meet their needs.

9.     What are the eligibility requirements for CCO Certification?

Requirement for CCO Certification are:
Be at least 18 years old
Comply with the CCO's Substance Abuse Policy
Pass Written Exam
Pass Practical Exam
Comply with the NCCCO's Code of Ethics

You will find these NCCCO policies at the links below.
NCCCO Substance Abuse PolicyNCCCO Code of Ethics

10.     How long are CCO certifications valid for?

NCCCO certification is valid for 5 years. Recertification candidates must plan accordingly to ensure they complete all requirements during the 12 months prior to the certification expiration date. You can find more detailed information on recertification requirements at the links below.

Mobile Crane Operator CCO Certification/Recertification
Rigger Level I & II CCO Certification/Recertification
Signalperson CCO Certification/Recertification
Overhead Crane Operator Recertification
Mobile Crane Type (specialty) Recertification

11.     Which states accept NCCCO certification?

NCCCO certifications are recognized in all 50 states.

12.     How many exams do I need to take to become a CCO certified Mobile Crane Operator, and how long do I have to pass them all?

Mobile Crane Operator candidates are required to complete and pass the Written Core Exam, at least 1 Written Specialty Exam, and a Practical Exam. You can take the exams in any order. Candidates have 12 months after they pass their first exam (Written or Practical), to pass the corresponding Written or Practical exam(s) in the same designation(s). For example, a candidate passing the Written Exams (Core + Specialty) in the Lattice Boom Cranes (LBC & LBT) designation in January 2022, has until the end of January 2023 to pass the Lattice Boom Cranes (LBC & LBT) Practical Exam. Any exams passed within a 12 month period will count towards your certification. You can find more detailed information on these exam outlines at the link below.

Mobile Crane Operator CCO Certification

13.     If I have 1 crane certification, does that allow me to operate all cranes?

Unfortunately, with all the different crane types in use today, it would be impossible to safely assess whether an individual possesses the skill set to be proficient on all types. Fortunately, we do have 3 different types at our location for which you can be assessed – TSS, TLL and LBC.

14.     How many exams do I need to take to become a CCO certified Rigger I, and what do I need to do to add a Rigger II certification?

To become a CCO certified Rigger I, you must take and pass the level I Written and Practical Exam. You can take the exams in either order, but you must pass your second exam within 12 months after passing your first Exam. Rigger II can be added at any time, but if you are in the final year of your level I certification, you can take the level II Written exam in place of the level I recertification exam. You must also pass a level II Practical Exam within 12 months after passing your level II Written Exam. For more detailed information on these exams, please click the link below.

Rigger I & II CCO Certification

15.     How many exams do I need to take to become a CCO certified Signalperson?

To become a CCO certified Signalperson, you must take and pass the Written and Practical Exam. You can take the exams in either order, but you must pass your second exam within 12 months after passing your first Exam. For more detailed information on these exams, please click the link below.

Signalperson CCO Certification

16.     How can I prepare for my CCO Exams?

Review both the Written and Practical Exam Outlines. You'll find the Written Exam Outlines on the links below. On those pages is a link to the Practical Exam Outlines.

Mobile Crane Operator Exam Outline
Rigger I & II Exam Outline
Signalperson Exam Outline

There are also some resources that we've provided for each CCO Certification at the links below. We recommend you watch the applicable candidate video(s), download the Candidate Handbook provided, as well as the applicable OSHA Factsheet, review the applicable Federal Rules, and download the Mobile Crane Operator Manufacturer Load Charts (if applicable).

Mobile Crane Operator Candidate Resources
Rigger I & II Candidate Resources
Signalperson CCO Candidate Resources

17.     What are the requirements for CCO recertification?

Mobile Crane Operator Recertification candidates, must take the Core and Specialty Written Exams, but are not required to take a Practical Exam as long as they can attest to at least 1,000 hours of crane-related experience during their 5 year certification period. The recertification Written Exams are identical to the Initial Written Exams. If for any reason you need to take a Practical Exam for recertification, do so before your certification expires. There is no "Grace Period" on this timeline, and if it lapses, you will have to meet all of the same requirements of an Initial CCO Certification.

Rigger I & II Recertification candidates must take the applicable Written Exam, but ARE NOT required to take a Practical Exam. The recertification Written Exam is identical to the Initial Written exam.

Signalperson Recertification candidates ARE required to take a Practical Exam for recertification, however, do not have to take another Written Exam.

18.     What happens if I don't meet the NCCCO's recertification requirements before my certification expires?

Candidates who allowed their certification to lapse prior to meeting the recertification requirements, will be made to start the certification process all over again, from the beginning. There is NO "Grace Period" on this policy.

19.     Can a CCO Certification be withdrawn?

Yes, the NCCCO may withdraw a certification upon direction from their Ethics and Discipline Committee for a variety of reasons. These include, but are not limited to:

Certification period exceeded without renewal
Falsification by candidate of any information on documents submitted
Evidence of non-compliance with NCCCO's Substance Abuse Policy and/or, Code of Ethics
Evidence of culpability in an accident during the certification period