New Credentials âClose the Loopâ 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 byÂ ANSI to the ISO/IEC 17024 International Standard for organizations that certify personnel.
The decision of ANSIâs Professional Certification Accreditation Committee to expand NCCCOâs accreditation came after rigorous audits of its management systems and psychometric procedures, and detailed scrutiny of its test development and administrative processes.
âANSI represents the âgold standardâ of accreditation,â said NCCCO Commission Chairman, Kerry Hulse. âCandidates and employers alike can now be assured that, with ANSIâs independent verification of NCCCOâs programs, CCO Rigger Level I and Signalperson certifications meet the highest professional standards of examination development and administration.â
âWhile 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 âclose the loopâ regarding crane safety on the jobsite,â Hulse added.
âAchieving ANSI accreditation is a major undertaking,â said ANSI Program Director, Roy A. Swift, PhD, âand 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.â
Moreover, riggers and signalpersons holding either of these CCO certifications can be assured they are qualified under OSHAâs new rules for Cranes and Derricks in Construction, noted NCCCO Executive Director, Graham Brent.
Accreditation of certifying bodies is a provision of OSHAâs new rule and is increasingly being required by state regulators in their attempts to ensure quality of the certifications issued, Brent noted.Â Fully three-fourths of the states that have requirements for crane operators and related trades now require or recognize NCCCO certification.
âA central part of NCCCOâs 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,â Brent said. âANSIâs accreditation of these two new certification programsâin addition to accrediting our crane operator programsâis clear testimony that that goal has been achieved.â