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CCO Crane Inspector Certification Launches November 1

A new CCO national crane inspector certification program, developed jointly by the National Commission for the Certification of Crane Operators (NCCCO) and the Crane Certification Association of America (CCAA) becomes available today. The program provides for separate certifications for inspectors of mobile cranes, tower cranes, and overhead cranes.

“NCCCO and CCAA mutually recognize the importance of safe crane operations and the role of certification in ensuring that personnel have the knowledge necessary to inspect and certify cranes,” said Ed Shapiro, president of HESCO (Niantic, CT) and chairman of CCAA. “This latest CCO certification will effectively ‘close the loop’ on jobsite lift safety by providing a way for crane inspectors to show that they are qualified to inspect cranes and be sure that cranes are safe for use.”

CCAA members from across the country—as well as NCCCO staff and volunteers from many industries that use cranes—participated in the 45-member Crane Inspector Task Force that developed the new program. Psychometric consultants from International Assessment Institute (IAI), the testing services company that has provided exam development and administration services to NCCCO since 1999, also played a key role in guiding the program development to make sure that the tests are fair, valid, reliable, and legally defensible.

The new program provides a means for those with at least five years of crane-related experience to earn a professional credential that demonstrates their qualification to inspect cranes. Before candidates take the rigorous written exams they must attest to their experience using detailed work history, education, and reference forms and submit proof (documentation, letters of recommendation, transcripts, résumé, etc.). NCCCO reviews each application and individually approves candidates before permitting them to apply to take the crane inspector exams.

The required five years’ experience includes duties such as crane inspector, crane operator, crane mechanic/technician, and crane shop foreman. Related education may be substituted for related experience at a ratio of two years of education for one year of experience up to three years. Related education includes courses in engineering, physics, applied mathematics, applied science courses in non-destructive testing, construction technology, and technical courses in heavy equipment mechanic/technician and/or welding technology.

The six content domains covered by the crane inspector certification tests are: (1) pre-inspection survey, (2) records review, (3) visual inspection, (4) operational testing, (5) load testing and load charts, and (6) post-inspection. Candidates will also be required to pass the written portion of the respective CCO crane operator exam(s), although those who are currently CCO-certified operators will not need to retake those tests as long as their operator certification remains in good standing. While there is no practical exam, several written test items are pictorially based in order to test candidates on their observational skills.

“We expect that this new crane inspector certification will be popular with owners and employers who understand the safety and cost benefits of a professionally developed assessment process and who recognize its place within a comprehensive risk management process, while also meeting their obligations under state and federal requirements,” said NCCCO Program Manager, Joel Oliva. The new crane inspector certification will also show that inspectors are qualified to inspect cranes as required by OSHA 29 CFR 1926 Subpart CC, which states that cranes must be inspected after assembly, repair, jumping, and disassembly.

For more information about the new crane inspector certification program—including a candidate handbook, application, and experience forms—check the NCCCO website at http://www.nccco.org/certification/craneinspector.html.

CONEXPO-CON/AGG 2011 Offers New, Expanded Education Opportunities

CONEXPO-CON/AGG 2011 attendees will find more industry-focused education at the event than ever before, providing additional value to their show experience.

More than 125 sessions will help contractors, business owners, construction materials producers, end-users and other industry professionals meet the challenges in a changing marketplace. More hands-on workshops will be held, and industry organizations have expanded their certification and examination programs for the convenience of show attendees.

CONEXPO-CON/AGG 2011 will be held March 22-26, 2011 at the Las Vegas Convention Center in Las Vegas, USA.

Select sessions in the CONEXPO-CON/AGG 2011 education program will be conducted with simultaneous Spanish interpretation. Continuing education credits (CEUs) will be offered. Session tickets are available singly or in money-saving packages, and signing up ahead of time saves time and money. See the Education section of the show website www.conexpoconagg.com for full details.

The comprehensive CONEXPO-CON/AGG 2011 education program emphasizes industry and management issues and trends and applied technology. Education is divided into nine program tracks to help attendees locate topics of most interest to them: aggregates, asphalt, concrete, earthmoving and site development, equipment asset management, management best practices, recycling and sustainability, safety and workforce development/competitive edge.

Sessions are 90 minutes in length and include take-away materials. Show management developed the education program with the assistance of leading construction, manufacturing and producer groups to assure a well-rounded program of relevance to all industry segments.

A “Green Roads Summit” is new for the 2011 show, to provide attendees with insights into the “green highways” movement, including current best practices and future developments. The daylong event, which includes a closing reception, is March 24, 2011 and is open to all show attendees.

To meet the evolving needs of the workplace, Spanish-language leadership and management skills development workshops will be held. And workshops, conducted in English, will help contractors learn basic Spanish, with a focus on industry terminology.

The OSHA 10-Hour Course for Construction Workers will also be held, as will workshops for sales leads generation, electrical diagnostics, advanced hydraulic maintenance and tractor/mower operator safety training.

Conducting industry certification courses and exams at CONEXPO-CON/AGG 2011 are:

  • American Concrete Pumping Association (ACPA)
  • Association of Equipment Management Professionals (AEMP)
  • Interlocking Concrete Pavement Institute (ICPA)
  • National Commission for the Certification of Crane Operators (NCCCO)
  • National Concrete Masonry Association (NCMA)
  • National Ready Mixed Concrete Association (NRMCA)

In addition to education programs targeted to meet industry needs, CONEXPO-CON/AGG features exhibits showcasing the latest industry products and services, including the most advanced product design innovations and technologies, and plenty of networking opportunities with industry experts and peers. For more information on attending or exhibiting, go online to www.conexpoconagg.com.

NCCCO Rigger & Signalperson Certifications Earn ANSI Accreditation

New Credentials “Close the Loop” on Construction Safety —

The National Commission for the Certification of Crane Operators (NCCCO) announced today that it has been awarded accreditation by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) for two of its newest certification programs. The CCO Rigger Level I and Signalperson certifications are now accredited by ANSI to the ISO/IEC 17024 International Standard for organizations that certify personnel.

The decision of ANSI’s Professional Certification Accreditation Committee to expand NCCCO’s accreditation came after rigorous audits of its management systems and psychometric procedures, and detailed scrutiny of its test development and administrative processes.

“ANSI represents the ‘gold standard’ of accreditation,” said NCCCO Commission Chairman, Kerry Hulse. “Candidates and employers alike can now be assured that, with ANSI’s independent verification of NCCCO’s programs, CCO Rigger Level I and Signalperson certifications meet the highest professional standards of examination development and administration.”

“While riggers and signalpersons often share some of the same duties, the NCCCO certifications clearly delineate the responsibilities of each activity and detail what is required from each to ensure safe lifting operations. These two certifications help to ‘close the loop’ regarding crane safety on the jobsite,” Hulse added.

“Achieving ANSI accreditation is a major undertaking,” said ANSI Program Director, Roy A. Swift, PhD, “and NCCCO can be very proud of this accomplishment. No other accreditation process demands the degree of psychometric or management disclosure that ANSI requires for accreditation under ISO 17024.”

Moreover, riggers and signalpersons holding either of these CCO certifications can be assured they are qualified under OSHA’s new rules for Cranes and Derricks in Construction, noted NCCCO Executive Director, Graham Brent.

Accreditation of certifying bodies is a provision of OSHA’s new rule and is increasingly being required by state regulators in their attempts to ensure quality of the certifications issued, Brent noted. Fully three-fourths of the states that have requirements for crane operators and related trades now require or recognize NCCCO certification.

“A central part of NCCCO’s goal since its inception 15 years ago has been to establish national testing programs that are fair to all candidates, while at the same time are both valid and reliable assessments of essential knowledge and skills,” Brent said. “ANSI’s accreditation of these two new certification programs—in addition to accrediting our crane operator programs—is clear testimony that that goal has been achieved.”

NCCCO Publishes Definitive Guide To Personnel Qualification 
Requirements Under New OSHA Rule

The  National Commission for the Certification of Crane Operators (NCCCO) has published what it calls “the definitive guide to the personnel qualification requirements” of a new OSHA standard governing the use of cranes and derricks in construction.

The new rule is the first major revision of OSHA requirements in this area since they were first issued in 1971.  For the first time, crane operators must be either certified by an accredited crane operator testing organization, such as the National Commission for the Certification of Crane Operators (NCCCO), or qualified by an audited employer program.  Signalpersons and riggers must be qualified.

“Although this final rule is based on a document that has been circulating since 2004, many employers are not aware of the new responsibilities that OSHA has placed upon them,” said NCCCO Executive Director, Graham Brent.  “Most of the requirements take effect in November, so there is little time to lose.”

“Whether employers choose to certify their operators through NCCCO, another organization, or even in-house, NCCCO is pleased to provide this guide as a public service to the industry that has supported it since work began on the CCO national crane operator standard over a quarter century ago,” Brent added. “It is vitally important that these key provisions are known and responded to by all responsible parties in the industry.”

NCCCO has posted its document as a series of questions and answers based on its careful reading of the rule and preamble, which stretch to 1,070 pages. These FAQs will be continually updated as questions arise, Brent noted.

Visitors to the NCCCO website at www.nccco.org are invited to submit questions on personnel qualifications issues. Each question will be responded to personally and may also be posted in the FAQ section.