Accidents can happen on the job site unexpectedly at any time, for this reason, it’s very important that all riggers have the proper training and certifications necessary to perform their job safely as crane riggers play an essential role in job site safety while cranes are in operation.

A crane rigger has many responsibilities and plays an integral part in the safety of a job site where cranes are in operation.

Qualified Rigger Regulations in Pennsylvania

Per OSHA regulation 1926.1404 (r)(1), all employers in PA must use qualified riggers during all hoisting activities for assembly/disassembly work. In addition, a qualified rigger must be used whenever 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 a NCCCO Certified Rigger in PA

In order to become a Certified Rigger in PA, candidates must pass both a Written and a Practical Examination. Candidates have 12 months from when they pass either the Written or the Practical Exam to pass the corresponding (Written or Practical) Exam 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 Pennsylvania, CCO Rigger Certification is valid for five years. In order to be recertified, candidates must complete all requirements during the 12 month period prior to when their certification expires. The recertification requires 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

The requirements for becoming a qualified rigger in Pennsylvania differ than becoming a Certified Rigger. Unlike the NCCCO Rigger Certification, there is not an accredited organization to assess the qualification of the rigger 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 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

At Total Equipment Training, we provide both OSHA Rigger Qualification and NCCCO Rigger Certification offering training on-site at your facility across PA in locations including Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, Harrisburg, Lancaster, Allentown, and Erie, as well as across the United States. Our knowledgeable staff will help guide you to decide which program best suits your needs.

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.