Boom Truck Operator Certification


Certification Overview


The CCO Boom Truck—Fixed Cab Operator certification is a subcategory of the CCO Telescopic Boom—Fixed Cab (TSS) Mobile Crane Operator certification and was developed specifically for the industries that use these machines.

A boom truck (commercial truck-mounted crane) is defined as a crane consisting of a rotating superstructure (center post or turntable), a fixed or telescopic boom, operating machinery, and one or more operator’s stations mounted on a frame attached to a commercial truck chassis with a payload hauling capability whose power source powers the crane. Its function is to lift, lower, and swing loads at various radii, requiring the use of outriggers/stabilizers.

There is a wide variety of users of boom trucks, and given their application NCCCO has developed the following subcategories to test the specific knowledge and skills required for a boom truck operator:

  • Boom Truck—Fixed Cab (BTF)

Please note that the CCO Telescopic Boom—Fixed Cab Operator (TSS) certification covers Boom Truck—Fixed Cab cranes. Operators of Boom Truck—Fixed Cab cranes who currently possess a TSS certification are not required to take any additional exams. TSS certificants are automatically granted the Boom Truck—Fixed Cab (BTF) operator certification. The reverse is not true, however. BTF certification is intended only for operators of Boom Truck—Fixed Cab cranes and not for those who operate other Telescopic Boom—Fixed Cab cranes. To be certified to operate all TSS cranes, candidates must achieve the full TSS certification (Core + TSS specialty written + TSS practical).

Have questions about why your CCO card lists “BTF”? Visit the BTF Frequently Asked Questions page.

For general information concerning certification eligibility, experience, physical evaluation, examinations, time frames, recertification requirements, and other applicable policies applicable to the Boom Truck Operator program, visit the main Mobile Crane Operator Certification Overview page.

Written Exam

The written exam is a modified version of the current TSS written exam. Questions that are irrelevant to boom trucks have been removed, and replaced with questions that specifically deal with boom truck operations.

Practical Exam

The practical exam remains unchanged. Candidates for BTF must take the TSS practical exam, but the candidate is required to operate a boom truck during the exam.