Rigger Certification

Overview

Certification Overview

Welcome to the CCO Rigger certification program. This nationally recognized and internationally accredited rigger certification program is the culmination of three years’ hard work by experts from the varied industries and groups that use rigging, including construction, steel erection, iron workers, the operating engineers, utilities, petrochemicals, specialty rigging companies, and rigging hardware and sling manufactures. NCCCO task forces were made up of experts from all aspects of the rigging industry—riggers, training directors, managers, supervisors, manufacturers—who together represent many thousands of hours of rigging experience. These volunteers gave freely of their time and expertise with the goal of improving the safety of all whose work brings them into contact with rigging equipment.

HOW TO BECOME CCO-CERTIFIED

Visit How to Test for instructions for applying for and taking CCO Written and Practical Exams; visit How to Recertify for instructions on recertification. Complete instructions and exam applications are also contained in the Candidate Handbook for each program.

DEFINITION OF A RIGGER

A certified rigger is a person who has been trained and certified to handle and move loads. The level of certification depends upon the individual’s training, knowledge, skill base, and ability to perform functions related to the selection, inspection, and proper use of rigging equipment.

This person may be qualified in a craft or trade and carry an occupational title such as iron worker, electrician, carpenter, millwright, mechanic, laborer, mason, longshoreman, lineman, pipe fitter, boilermaker, and the like. (The persons described in the categories above will be referred to as rigger even though they carry another occupational title.)

Written Exam

The Certified Rigger Level I Written Examination consists of 60 multiple-choice questions. Candidates are allowed 60 minutes to complete the test.

 

The Certified Rigger Level II Written Examination consists of 40 multiple-choice questions. Candidates are allowed 60 minutes to complete the test.

Practical Exam

The successful completion of an NCCCO Certified Rigger Level I Practical Examination demonstrates a candidate’s basic rigging competency.

 

The successful completion of an NCCCO Certified Rigger Level II Practical Examination demonstrates a candidate’s competency in rigging a load for a level lift and for rotating a load.

Recertification

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

There is no grace period after certification has expired. Candidates whose certification has lapsed must take the full Written and Practical Examinations to be certified again.

The Certified Rigger Level I Recertification Written Examination consists of 30 multiple-choice questions with a time limit of 30 minutes.

The Certified Rigger Level II Recertification Written Examination consists of 30 multiple-choice questions with a time limit of 60 minutes.

NOTE: Rigger Level II certificants must only take and pass the Rigger Level II recertification written exam to maintain both Rigger Level I and Rigger Level II certifications.

There is no requirement for a Practical Examination for recertification.

Get complete instructions on How to Recertify