NCCCO Articulating Crane

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NCCCO Articulating Crane Operator Program

Under the new OSHA Cranes & Derrick Regulation (1926.1400) all articulating crane operators will need to be certified if the crane is used to hold, support, or stabilize material to facilitate a construction activity, or if they are handling pre-fabricated components (such as roof trusses or wall panels) or structural steel. Articulating cranes used purely to deliver materials (from truck to ground are exempt at this time).

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). All crane operators working in construction must be certified by November 10, 2014.

The NCCCO certification program is recognized by the Federal Occupational Safety & Health Administration as meeting OSHA’s requirements for crane operator competency. Crane operator certification is required for operators who work in the construction industry and has also been adopted by many states for all crane operators.

Total Equipment Training’s trainers are all certified operators and examiners for the NCCCO. Their experience and knowledge are evident by our high success rate of licensed operators. Our comprehensive program will provide candidates with all the information they need to successfully pass the written exam and will provide the time and training they need to confidently complete the rigorous timed practical exam.

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Program Outline

Classroom Training – Site and Setup – Operations – Technical Knowledge – Load Charts

Site and Set-up

  1. Know the ability of the supporting surface to handle the expected loads.
  2. Know the proper use of blocking or cribbing
  3. Know electric power line hazards, corresponding regulations and safety practices
  4. Know how to identify and evaluate hazards
  5. Know how to review lift requirements with site supervisor
  6. Know how to establish/re-establish a safety zone
  7. Know the responsibilities of various workplace personnel
  8. Know how to properly use stabilizers
  9. Know how to deploy/stow booms
  10. Know the proper use of wheel chocks


  1. Know which federal regulations and industry standards affect safe operations of cranes
  2. Know how to conduct daily inspections and notify supervisor of unsafe conditions
  3. Know proper operation of power take-off
  4. Know how to lift, rotate and place the load smoothly and safely
  5. Know standard articulating boom crane hand signals
  6. Know how to secure the crane when leaving the controls
  7. Know how to operate if various weather and environmental conditions
  8. Know how to operate a permanently attached material handling fork
  9. Know how to secure the crane when leaving the controls
  10. Know how to determine the radius
  11. Understand the function of an overload protection system
  12. Know the proper procedures for load control
  13. Know the effects of dynamic loading
  14. Know the effect of side loading
  15. Know the proper procedures for securing the crane for transit
  16. Know how to verify the weight of the load and attachments
  17. Know basic rigging procedures
  18. Know proper procedures for reeving wire ropes and selecting the proper downhaul weight
  19. Understand two block damage prevention feature

Technical Knowledge

  1. Know basic crane terminology and definitions
  2. Know the function and limitations of the attachments
  3. Know the significance, use and limitations of operator warning, safety and/or limiting devices
  4. Know the requirements of pre-operational inspections and maintenance
  5. Know how to use manufacturer approved attachments and their effect on the crane’s operation
  6. Know rigging devices and their use
  7. Know wire rope (applies to articulating boom with winch)

Load Charts

  1. Know the terminology necessary to use load charts
  2. Know how to ensure that the load chart is the appropriate chart for the machine in its particular configuration
  3. Know how to verify weight of the load
  4. Know how to use load rating charts
  5. Know where to find and how to use the parts of the line information and the safe working load of hoist line (applies to articulating boom with winch)

Practical Outline

  1. Pre-Test briefing – Trainer will review the cranes operator’s manual and load charts for the crane being used and the weight of the test weight. Hand signals for articulating boom cranes will also be demonstrated.
  2. Students will practice circumventing test course.
    – Place test weight in zigzag start circle
    – Negotiate zigzag corridor forward
    –¬†Negotiate zigzag corridor reverse
    –¬†Place test weight in pole circle
  3. Proper shut down of crane