Crane Operator

Becoming a crane operator requires individuals to meet specific certification policies and eligibility requirements. Some of these crane certification policies include code of ethics, substance abuse, and change of address requirements.
Since cranes and crane operations are some of the most vital pieces of equipment in construction today, certification policies are essential to ensure hands-on proper equipment knowledge, proper use, as well as safety protocol.

NCCCO Crane Operator Certification Policies

The NCCCO requires specific crane operator policies to be met and followed for individuals to become certified crane operators. The certifications are required to ensure safety, proper equipment usage, and an understanding and knowledge of the equipment. Those policies include:

  • Meeting the NCCCO Code of Ethics
  • Complying with the NCCCO’s Substance Abuse Policy
  • Passing both the written and practical exams (practical exams must be taken within twelve months of the written exam).
  • Operators must be at least 18 years of age

The purpose of the policies is to improve worker safety by requiring operators to pass written and practical examinations to obtain their certification. Testing accommodations are provided to qualifying candidates who require such requirement due to disability or need, as defined by the ADA.

NCCCO Code Of Ethics

The NCCCO code of ethics were established to create and foster professionalism in conduct and in dealings with heavy equipment use and management.

The ethics are intended to put a creed and culture in place that will nurture proper equipment usage and to also understand proper safety protocol. The code of ethics is intended to allow operators to make management and appropriate personnel aware of any safety concerns.

The code of ethics includes:

  • Place safety and the welfare of others above all other considerations
  • Protect and preserve the general public, property, and environment
  • Ensure a work environment is free of bias as it regards to religion, ethnicity, gender, age national origin, and disability

Substance Abuse Policy and Disciplinary Policy

The substance abuse policy is intended to stop crane operators from working while under the influence of a controlled substance. It’s intended to maintain safety, not only in the workplace, but in the public environment as well.

If an operator refuses to take a substance test, it will be treated the same as a positive test result. This is done out of safety and concern for fellow workers as well as the general public.

The substance abuse policy covers substances that will impair an operator’s judgement or ability to work including:

  • Illegal drugs
  • Alcohol
  • Designer and look-alike drugs
  • Any controlled substance

Non-compliance with the substance abuse policy may be subject to disciplinary actions such as suspension or possible revocation of certification.

Administrative Complaints Policy and Appeals

As with any organization, there is the chance for things not to run as smoothly as anticipated. For such occurrences, an administrative complaints policy is the formal way of lodging a concern with the NCCCO.

Administrative complaints can include, but are not limited to, complaints for failure to publish updated policies or procedure; not responding to inquiries timely, or unprofessional conduct. Non-administrative complaints can include:

  • Program integrity for a violation of the code of ethics
  • Administrative appeals if you have been the subject of an averse administrative decision
  • General feedback

Authorized individuals may appeal decisions by following the NCCCO’s appeals policy. These appeals must be made in writing with specific grounds stating the reason for the appeal.

Change Of Address Policy

Another important policy requirement of the NCCCO crane operator certification is notifying the NCCCO if you have a change of address. The main purpose of the change of address requirement is to ensure you do not miss any updates from the NCCCO program.

Crane Operators Certification Policies

These policies and procedures are put in place by the NCCCO to keep a proper workplace environment, ensure safety protocols are met, and to ensure proper understanding, knowledge, and use crane equipment by crane operators. Its need is essential for the work required.

NCCCO Certification Preparation and Training from Total Equipment Training

If your company needs to prepare employees for NCCCO certification, Total Equipment Training endorses the national certification program offered by NCCCO, and provides NCCCO training to prepare your employees to pass their examinations and secure their NCCCO certifications.




Barb Fullman- CEO of Total Equipment Training
About the Author

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