NCCCO Certified Mobile Crane Operator

Why should you become a Certified Crane Operator?

In accordance with OSHA Regulation (29 CFR 1926.1427) any person engaged in a construction activity who is operating a crane covered by the new cranes and derricks rule, except: sideboom cranes*, derricks*, and equipment with a rated hoisting/lifting capacity of 2,000 pounds or less* is required to be certified or qualified. (Operators of the listed equipment must meet the criteria for minimum expertise described in the application section in Subpart CC.) An operator must also be certified for the type and capacity of crane he or she is going to operate.

By becoming a National Commission for the Certification of Crane Operators (NCCCO) Mobile Crane Operator you leave no question as to your qualifications. NCCCO is accredited by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) and is a federally recognized means of ensuring qualification. This is why employers, federal agencies, state agencies, labor unions, industry organizations, and insurance firms have come to recognize or require NCCCO certification.

Certified Crane Operators are in high demand with endless opportunities in today’s construction and industrial operations. Not only is the job market excellent and diverse, certified crane operators earn some of the highest labor rates in the skilled trade industry. A crane operators job is challenging, requires attention to detail, and a high-level of responsibility.

What does USTC offer?

Whether you are a company looking to train multiple employees, or you are personally looking into becoming a certified operator, USTC can work with you to achieve your goals.

USTC Offers Crane Training & Examinations for:

  • Telescopic Boom Cranes – Fixed Cab (TSS)
  • Telescopic Boom Cranes – Swing Cab (TLL)
  • Lattice Boom Crawler Cranes (LBC)
  • Lattice Boom Truck Cranes (LBT)

All classes will cover basic crane maintenance, setup and dismantling, job and risk assessment, lift planning and execution, load charts, rigging, signaling, and more.

A typical training course is completed in 3 to 5 working days. USTC will work with you to address any site-specific training needs to ensure employees have the best job specific training possible. Actual training schedule dependent on the number of students and the extent of site-specific training. Once course work is completed students will take a written and practical exam through the National Commission for the Certification of Crane Operators (NCCCO). NCCCO is considered the gold standard in crane certifications nationwide.

Who is NCCCO?

NCCCO was formed in January 1995 as a non-profit organization with its mission to develop effective performance standards for safe crane operation to assist all segments of general industry and construction.

By providing thorough, independent assessments of knowledge and skills, NCCCO aims to enhance lifting equipment safety, reduce workplace risk, improve performance records, stimulate training, and give due recognition to the professionals who work in, with, and around cranes.

The establishment of NCCCO was the culmination of almost 10 years’ continuous work by representatives of all industries that use cranes. In essence, CCO programs were developed by industry for industry, and they continue to be supported by it.

This combination of crane-related experience and exam development knowledge has been supplemented with input from the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) as well as the ANSI/ASME committees that developed and revise the B30 crane standard. The result is a sound, valid, and effective tests of operators’ and associated trades’ proficiency.”

-National Commission for the Certification of Crane Operators (NCCCO)


Eligibility Requirements for CCO Mobile Crane Operator’s Certification include the following:

  • Be at least 18 years of age
  • Meet Medical Requirements
  • Comply with NCCCO’s Substance Abuse Policy
  • Pass Written Examinations (Core and at least one Specialty)
  • Pass Practical Examination(s) – Candidates must pass the Practical exam within twelve months of passing the written examination
  • Comply with NCCCO code of ethics

Why is proper training critical for operators and those working around cranes?

“From 2011 to 2015, the Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries (CFOI) reported 220 total crane-related deaths, an average of 44 per year over this 5-year period. Just over half of all fatal crane injuries involved the worker being struck by an object or equipment. More than three-fifths of these cases (69 of 112) involved the worker being struck by a falling object or equipment; in 60 of these cases, the worker was struck by an object falling from a crane. Transportation incidents and falls to a lower level each made up 14 percent of the remaining fatal injuries involving cranes.”

-United States Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics


Being properly trained to work in and around a crane is critical not only for a crane operator but also for those working around them. Don’t become one of the statistics, work with USTC to obtain proper safety training for yourself and/or your employees.

Contact USTC today to schedule your NCCCO Mobile Crane Training!