Tower Crane Operator Certification

Overview

Certification Overview

Welcome to the CCO Tower Crane Operator certification program. This nationally recognized and internationally accredited certification program is the culmination of a year of hard work by experts from the various industries and groups that use tower cranes, including construction, steel erection, utilities, crane rental, petrochemicals, pulp and paper, and operating engineers.

The NCCCO Tower Crane Task Force that determined the content of the 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 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 Tower Crane written exam consists of a single examination in Tower Crane operation. This examination has 55 multiple-choice questions, six of which are load chart questions. Candidates are allowed 60 minutes to complete the exam. Candidates meeting eligibility requirements may take the written and practical examinations in either order.

Practical Exam

CCO PRACTICAL EXAMINATIONS

The CCO Tower Crane Practical Examination demonstrating crane operator proficiency may be taken on the following crane types:

  • Hammerhead
  • Luffer
  • Self-Erecting

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 Tower Crane Operators.

Get complete instructions on How to Recertify.