National Commission for the Certification of Crane Operators announcing changes.

NCCCO’s continuous improvement efforts are paying off with streamlined systems for Candidates, Certificants, Training Providers, Test Site Coordinators, and Practical Examiners. As stakeholders in the NCCCO community, we want you to be aware of changes coming to NCCCO programs. Some of these such as implementation of a new logo – have already begun, while others will take effect later this year.

The National Commission for the Certification of Crane Operators (NCCCO) is announcing the following:

1. Changes to Fee Structure. NCCCO is further simplifying its exam fee schedule and lowering exam fees for certain exams. The fee for candidates taking Mobile Crane, Tower Crane, Overhead Crane, Articulating Crane, and Digger Derrick operator practical exams will be reduced from $70 to $60. This will be a fixed fee for each exam, thus eliminating the bundle pricing previously applied for taking multiple mobile and articulating crane operator exams. Similarly, the written and practical exam rates for the Rigger and Signal person programs will be reduced from $100 per an exam to $85. For practical exams and paper/pencil exams, fee reductions will be effective for exams administered on or after July 1, 2021. For computer-based tests, the reduced fee will take effect for applications received on or after July 1, 2021. These fee changes and standardization are intended to be more fair and increase flexibility for candidates who may prefer to take exams on different days or at different times rather than encouraging them to take exams they may not be fully prepared for simply because of a bundled incentive cost. The changes will also simplify the fee structure, permit Practical Examiners to get candidate score sheets to NCCCO more quickly after testing rather than wait until all testing is completed, and set the organization up for further streamlining which will benefit candidates in the future. See the complete NCCCO Exam Fees table, effective July 1, 2021, at

2. Elimination of Combined Test Administrations. Consistent with the reduced exam fees, Combined Rigger/Signalperson and Combined Rigger Level I/Rigger Level II test administrations are also being discontinued, effective July 1, 2021. This will have the effect of making all NCCCO written and recertification exams available to be taken at any written test administration (except Signalperson, which requires a practical exam for recertification). As previously announced, all Written Exam Administration Requests must now be submitted online at

3. Elimination of Restricted Certifications. The short boom restrictions for candidates passing CCO practical exams on cranes not meeting minimum standardized boom configurations have been eliminated, based in part on the duplication with other CCO mobile crane operator certifications. Any currently scheduled exam administrations will be honored, but the candidate handbooks have been updated accordingly, including the removal of candidate applications for the Telescopic Boom-Restricted written exam. The short boom restricted certifications were developed specifically for operators of cranes that are used in industries such as the precast concrete industry, but a lack of demand has made continued maintenance of this designation not viable.

4. New Logo. Reflecting the continued expansion into personnel certifications for those who use load handling equipment other than cranes, NCCCO began transitioning to a new logo this year. While the new logo retains the familiar stylized “CCO” with headache ball and hook, the words around the logo have been removed. Those companies that have already received permission to use the old logo may continue to do so until June 30, 2021, at which point they will be required to transition to the new logo. NCCCO is currently developing a logo use approval framework for Training Providers, to be rolled out in April. The revised framework will allow for permissions to use the new logo while eliminating the need for NCCCO to review and approve some materials before distribution. Look for more details regarding the new logo program and a mandatory new application that must be completed in the coming months.

For further questions, for training, for certification; contact Joe Crews at


About CrewsCrane

President/CEO of CCTI, Inc. providing Crane, Hoist, and material handling training. Inspections, service and parts for Mobile and overhead crane. General and Construction Industry for 10 & 30 hr OSHA courses, aerial/scissor lifts, and forklift. Inventory of Hoists, Slings and Below the Hook Devices.
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