Accidents are unpredictable and can happen unexpectedly any time on the job site, that’s why, it is important for all the riggers to have complete training and certifications to perform their job carefully and safely.  Crane riggers play a pivotal role in safety at the job site while cranes are in operation.

Therefore, a crane rigger has multiple responsibilities and performs a pivotal role in the safety of a job site where cranes are being used.

Qualified Rigger Regulations in Pennsylvania

It is a must for all the employers in PA to use proficient riggers during all hoisting activities for assembly/disassembly work as per OSHA regulation 1926.1404 (r)(1). Additionally, a qualified rigger must be used while workers are within the fall zone and hooking, unhooking or guiding a load, or doing the initial connection of a load to a component or structure.

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How to Become an NCCCO Certified Rigger in PA

Candidates who aspire to become a certified rigger in PA are required to pass both written and practical tests. At that point, candidates are allowed 12 months time from the time they pass either of the tests to qualify for the corresponding examination (written or practical) for each rigger certification level.

In addition, in order to become a certified rigger in PA, individuals must also:

NCCCO Rigger Recertification in Pennsylvania

In PA, CCO rigger certification’s validity lasts for 5 years. To get recertified, candidates are required to fulfill all conditions and requirements during the 12 months before their certification expires. The recertification requirements include:

There is no grace period once a certification has expired. Certification that has lapsed must pass both the full Written and Practical Certification Exam again.

How to Become a Qualified Rigger in PA

To become a qualified rigger in PA, the requirements are different from becoming a certified rigger. Unlike the NCCCO Rigger Certification, there is no authorized organization or agency to evaluate the qualification of the candidate. Determining if a candidate is a qualified rigger is instead based on the nature of the load, lift, and equipment used in hoisting a specific load as well as the candidate’s knowledge, skills and experience. Typically, this is site specific and the training is not portable. An NCCCO Certified Rigger is usually considered qualified for most lifts. The Certification is portable and many companies/cities/states require it.

Our On-Site Rigger Training Locations in PA

Both OSHA rigger qualification and NCCCO rigger certification is provided by Total Equipment Training.  Our training is provided on-site at your facility across PA locations including Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Lancaster, Harrisburg, Allentown, and Erie, as well as across the United States. Our highly-qualified staff will help you decide which program suits your needs the best.

Contact Information for Pennsylvania OSHA

If you have questions about occupational safety and health standards and rigger qualifications in Pennsylvania, you can contact the PA Department of Labor and Industry or OSHA directly at:

Department of Labor and Industry
1700 Labor and Industry Bldg.
7th and Forster Streets
Harrisburg, PA 17120

OSHA Pennsylvania
Saucon Valley Plaza
3477 Corporate Parkway
Suite 120, Center Valley, PA 18034
(267) 429-7542

Testimonials from Clients who used Total Equipment Training in PA


I wanted to take the time and reach out to you and say thank you for the recent on-site rigger certification training program you conducted for our Pittsburgh office location. With the recent expansion of our organization, we were in need of thorough and efficient rigger training in order for our newly onboarded employees to be compliant with PA law.

When I initially reached out to Total Equipment Training, I was unsure of that specific training and certification our employees needed. I was immediately relieved after our first conversation and knew I was in good hands. Your entire team made it their priority to understand our business’ goals, projects, and overall needs in order to provide the specific training and certification necessary.

At our organization, safety and compliance are always our top priorities. For this reason, it was comforting to partner with a like-minded organization like Total Equipment Training. We are genuinely looking forward to continuing our partnership with Total Equipment Training for all our equipment training and certification needs.

If your organization is in need of OSHA or NCCCO rigger training, I would highly recommend Total Equipment Training.
Thank you for your services, and I look forward to our next training program,
Randy Gannon
Pittsburgh, PA.

Contact us today or give us a call at (610) 321-2679 and our knowledgeable staff will provide you with the information you need and tailor an on-site rigger certification training program to fit your needs and meet OSHA requirements in Pennsylvania.