Overhead Crane Operator Certification

Overview

Certification Overview

Welcome to the CCO Overhead Crane Operator certification program. The NCCCO Overhead Crane Task Force that determined the content of these certification exams was made up of experts from all aspects of the crane industry—crane operators, training directors, managers, supervisors, manufacturers—who together represent many thousands of hours of crane-related experience. These volunteers gave freely of their time and expertise with the primary goal of improving the safety of all whose work brings them into contact with cranes and lifting equipment.

HOW TO BECOME CCO-CERTIFIED

Visit How to Test for instructions on applying for and taking CCO Written and Practical Exams; visit How to Recertify for instructions on recertification. 

Complete instructions, exam contents, and candidate applications are also contained in the Candidate Handbook for each program.

Written Exam

CCO WRITTEN EXAMINATIONS

The Overhead Crane Operator written exam consists of a single examination in Overhead Crane operation. This examination has 60 multiple-choice questions and candidates are allowed 60 minutes to complete the exam. Candidates may take their Written and Practical Exams in either order. Candidates have 12 months from the time they pass the initial Written or Practical Exam they take to pass the corresponding (Written or Practical) exam.

Practical Exam

CCO PRACTICAL EXAMINATIONS

The CCO Practical Examination demonstrating crane operator proficiency is available in either of the following Overhead Crane types:

  • Cab Operated
  • Pendant/Remote Control

A candidate must pass both the Written and Practical examinations to be certified for a five-year period.

Recertification

RECERTIFICATION REQUIREMENTS

CCO certification is valid for five years. Candidates must complete all of their recertification requirements during the 12 months prior to their expiration date.

Review recertification requirements for Overhead Crane Operators.

Get complete instructions on How to Recertify.