Mobile Crane Training For CCO Certification


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

The CCO crane 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 CCO certified mobile crane operators with years of experience. Crane operators typically work in congested areas where there are often workers on the ground, and safety is of the utmost priority. Operating a crane can be a difficult and risky task if not done properly. Our CCO mobile crane certification 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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States and cities that require CCO crane certification for licensed crane operators:


Classroom Training for CCO Crane Certification− Core exam, specialty and load charts.
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 taglines
  • 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

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.

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

CCO Examinations

All trainees are required to take and pass the CCO written and practical exams. The written examination has 90 multiple choice questions and is a timed 90 minute examination. Candidates must pass both the examinations to achieve CCO crane certification.

Total Equipment Training also provides free  mobile crane certification practice tests for CCO Certification and additional study materials to prepare candidates for the CCO Crane Certification examination.