NCCCO Mobile Crane Certification

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In accordance with OSHA 29 CFR 1926.1400, Total Equipment Training offers crane certification through the National Commission for the Certification of Crane Operators (NCCCO).

The NCCCO certification program is recognized by the Federal Occupational Safety & Health Administration as meeting OSHA’s requirements for crane operator competency. The crane operator certification is mandatory for crane operators who work in industries like construction. Different states have different criteria that must be met before issuing a crane operator license.

All Total Equipment Training instructors are NCCCO certified with years of experience. Crane operators typically work in congested areas where there are often workers on the ground, and safety is of the upmost priority.  Operating a crane can be a difficult and risky task if not done properly. Our training programs are specially designed to meet your staff’s needs, and provide your operators with the knowledge necessary to successfully pass the written tests and practical exam.

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Classroom Training − Core exam, specialty and load charts.

Site (Domain 1 of the exam)

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

Operations (Domain 2 of the Exam)

  1. Know federal regulations and industry standards for the safe operation of cranes
  2. Know how to conduct shift crane inspections
  3. Know how to pick, carry, swing and place a load safely
  4. Understand methods of reeving wire ropes and selecting the proper load block and/or ball
  5. Shutting down and securing the crane
  6. Know the standard hand and voice signals
  7. Know manufacturer’s recommendations for operating crane
  8. Know how to verify the weight of the load and rigging
  9. Know how to determine where the load is to be picked up, placed and to verify the radii
  10. Basic load rigging procedures
  11. Perform shift and monthly maintenance and inspection
  12. Use and requirements of operational aids and safety devices – what to do if they malfunction
  13. Operations that reduce crane capacity
  14. Procedures for operating safely under different conditions
  15. Procedures for load control and use of handheld tag lines
  16. Proper use of outriggers
  17. Effects of dynamic loading under different conditions
  18. Effects of side loading
  19. Operators ability to stop operations

Technical Knowledge (Domain 3 of the Exam)

  1. Basic crane terminology and definitions
  2. Function and limitations of the crane and attachments
  3. Wire rope
  4. Rigging Devices and their uses
  5. Limitations of protective measures against electrical hazards
  6. Effects of load share and load transfer in multi-crane lifts
  7. Significance of instruments, gauge reading and machine power systems
  8. Shift inspections and maintenance
  9. Calculate net capacity for the crane configuration using load charts
  10. Know how to use attachments
  11. Principles of backward stability
  12. Fall protection requirements
  13. Requirements for access and egress
  14. Assembly/disassembly operations

Load Charts (Domain 4 of the Exam)

  1. Terminology necessary to use load charts
  2. Understand how to read and use load charts for the specific specialty being tested on

Practical Training

Following are the tasks that make up the practical exam. Portions of the exam are timed so adequate practice time is needed to be successful in passing the exam.

  1. Pre-operational inspection
  2. Task 1: Place overhaul ball in stop circle
  3. Task 2: Follow hand signals
  4. Task 3: Place overhaul ball in barrels
  5. Task 4: Negotiate zigzag course with test weight
  6. Task 5: Safe shutdown and securing procedures