What is the Value of Preparing for NCCCO Written Examinations Online?

What is the Value of Preparing for NCCCO Written Examinations Online?

Value for Companies:

  • Employees can study at their own pace and take the written practice test to see where they may have to refocus their studies to ensure the best possible result for the NCCCO Written Exam.
  • Employees have all the training materials available to them at work or at home.
  • The information provided is valuable to improve job performance

Value for Individual Operator:

  • Have training materials easily available
  • Study at your own pace
  • Take the practice exam and see where your difficulties might lie
  • Review material that is giving you difficulty
  • The information provided is valuable even if you are not certifying for NCCCO and can be utilized on the job.

What Should you Look for in a Good Online Training Package?

  • A comprehensive program outline that follows the NCCCO examination criteria
  • Practice Test that covers the 4 Domains in the NCCCO Written Core Exam
  • Practice Tests that cover your selected Specialty (ies) of the NCCCO Written Specialty Exam
  • Comprehensive Load Chart Materials and Practice Tests

Who needs to be certified or qualified per OSHA?

Any person engaged in a construction activity who is operating a crane covered by the new cranes
and derricks rule, except:

  • sideboom cranes*
  • derricks*
  • equipment with a rated hoisting/lifting capacity of 2,000 pounds or less*

*Operators of the listed equipment must meet the criteria for minimum expertise described in the applicable section in subpart CC of 1926.1427

What comprises the NCCCO Mobile Crane Written Exam?

The Mobile Crane Operator NCCCO Written Exam consists of two parts in total.

  • The Core Exam – 90 question exam on general knowledge of crane operation
  • Specialty Exams – 26 question exam on crane types (fixed cab and/or swing cab) load charts.

Note: Candidates will need to choose one fixed and/or one swing cab option.

How does Total Equipment Online Training for NCCCO Mobile Crane Prepare You for the Core and Specialty Written exams?


  • Total Equipment Training Provides detailed training materials for the 4 Domains covered in the NCCCO Written Exam
    • Site (Domain 1 of the exam)

⇒  Know the ability of supporting surfaces to handle the load.
⇒  Know the proper use of mats, blocking or cribbing and outriggers or crawlers and how they affect handling the load.
⇒  Know electric power line hazards, regulations and safety practices.
⇒  Know how to identify and evaluate hazards.
⇒  Know how to review lift requirements with site supervision

    • Operations (Domain 2 of the Exam)
      ⇒  Know federal regulations and industry standards for the safe operation of cranes
      ⇒  Know how to conduct shift crane inspections
      ⇒  Know how to pick, carry, swing and place a load safely
      ⇒  Understand methods of reeving wire ropes and selecting the proper load block and/or ball
      ⇒  Shutting down and securing the crane
      ⇒  Know the standard hand and voice signals
      ⇒  Know manufacturer’s recommendations for operating crane
      ⇒  Know how to verify the weight of the load and rigging
      ⇒  Know how to determine where the load is to be picked up, placed and to verify the radii
      ⇒  Basic load rigging procedures
      ⇒  Perform shift and monthly maintenance and inspection
      ⇒  Use and requirements of operational aids and safety devices – what to do if they malfunction
      ⇒  Operations that reduce crane capacity
      ⇒  Procedures for operating safely under different conditions
      ⇒  Procedures for load control and use of handheld tag lines
      ⇒  Proper use of outriggers
      ⇒  Effects of dynamic loading under different conditions
      ⇒  Effects of side loading
      ⇒  Operators ability to stop operations
    • Technical Knowledge (Domain 3 of the Exam)
      ⇒  Basic crane terminology and definitions
      ⇒  Function and limitations of the crane and attachments
      ⇒  Wire rope
      ⇒  Rigging Devices and their uses
      ⇒  Limitations of protective measures against electrical hazards
      ⇒  Effects of load share and load transfer in multi-crane lifts
      ⇒  Significance of instruments, gauge reading and machine power systems
      ⇒  Shift inspections and maintenance
      ⇒  Calculate net capacity for the crane configuration using load charts
      ⇒  Know how to use attachments
      ⇒  Principles of backward stability
      ⇒  Fall protection requirements
      ⇒  Requirements for access and egress
      ⇒  Assembly/disassembly operations
    • Load Charts (Domain 4 of the Exam)
      ⇒  Terminology necessary to use load charts
      ⇒  Understand how to read and use load charts for the specific specialty being tested on
  • Occupational Safety & Health Administration, U.S. Dept. of Labor Code of Federal Regulations, Parts 1926 Subpart CC—Cranes and Derricks in Construction and 1910.180—Cranes in General Industry
  • 300 Question Multiple Choice Practice Test based on our successful experience providing Written Exam Prep for companies and organizations. See our practice test.

What States Require Mobile Crane Licensing?

Currently, 16 states have licensing requirements for crane operators. Be sure to check with the appropriate authority to ensure that you have the latest information.

California *, Connecticut, Hawaii *, Maryland *, Massachusetts, Minnesota *, Montana *, Nevada *, New Jersey *, New Mexico *, New York, Pennsylvania *, Rhode Island, Utah *, Washington *, West Virginia *
(* Require or recognize CCO certification)

What Cities Require Mobile Crane Licensing?

Currently, 7 cities have licensing requirements for crane operators. Be sure to check with the appropriate authority to ensure that you have the latest information.

Chicago, Cincinnati *, New Orleans *, New York City *, Omaha *, Philadelphia *, Washington, DC
(* Require or recognize CCO certification)

Barb Fullman- CEO of Total Equipment Training
About the Author

As the owner of Total Equipment Training, Barb Fullman has been an active contributor to the heavy equipment training industry for over 23 years. Barb, a Penn State University graduate, is recognized as the highest ranking women-owned heavy equipment training business in the US. As a leading authority and provider of heavy equipment training, training manuals and tests based on OSHA Standards and Regulations, Total Equipment Trainings’ client list is composed of most of the Fortune 1000 companies focusing on energy, construction, heavy highway, and manufacturing.

Barb’s motto is “Stay safe, stay up to date”. She is committed to up-to-date & technically correct training, whether it is via in-person or through our library of online heavy equipment resources. With over 50 OSHA qualifying training topics to choose from with TET, the most popular heavy equipment training subjects are mobile cranes, NCCCO, all “dirt equipment”, rigging, crane inspections, and train-the-trainer.