National Commission for the Certification of Crane Operators (NCCCO)

Tower Crane Operator


Credential: Tower Crane Operator  ANAB (ANSI) resource CA Eligible
Credentialing Agency: National Commission for the Certification of Crane Operators (NCCCO)

Renewal Period: 5 years

The National Commission for the Certification of Crane Operators (NCCCO), Tower Crane Operator certification validates the skills of candidates who operate tower cranes. Candidates must demonstrate an understanding of the crane site, erection, climbing, dismantling, operations and possess a technical knowledge of the tower crane. Candidates must pass a written exam.

More information can be found on the certifying agency's website.

Tower Crane Operator

MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS

Attainability:    high

Eligibility Requirements (View Details)

  • Credential Prerequisite
  • Experience
  • Education
  • Training
  • Membership
  • Other
  • Fee

Note: This credential may have multiple options for a Service member to meet eligibility requirements. Requirements listed here are based on the minimum degree required. To view other options, see the Eligibility tab.

Exam Requirements (View Details)

  • Exam
  • Written Exam
  • Oral Exam
  • Practical Exam
  • Performance Assessment

RECERTIFICATION SUMMARY

Renewal Period: 5 years

  • Continuing Education
  • Exam
  • Continuing Education OR Exam
  • Fee
  • Other

AGENCY CONTACT INFORMATION

National Commission for the Certification of Crane Operators (NCCCO)

2750 Prosperity Ave.
Suite 505
Fairfax, VA  22031

Phone: (703) 560-2391

Fax: (703) 560-2392
Email: info@nccco.org

Other REQUIREMENTS

The Tower Crane Operator credential has the following other requirements:

  • Candidate must be at least 18 years of age.

Written Exam

  • Domain 1: Site (10%)
    • Assess suitability of the supporting surface
    • Determine if there is adequate room for outriggers and tail swing
    • Locate and identify site hazards and restrictions such as electric power lines, air-rights, or other hazardous systems and public access areas
    • Basic requirements for power sources, fusing, disconnects, lighting protection and grounding
    • Necessity to protect the crane's foundation
  • Domain 2: Erection, Climbing and Dismantling (25%)
    • Proper erection, climbing, and dismantling procedures specified by the manufacturer in the operator’s manual
    • General notes and warnings to be applied during climbing procedures
    • Maximum allowable wind speeds during erection, climbing, dismantling, and operation
    • Proper procedures for bolting and/or pinning connections
    • Maximum freestanding height allowed
    • Proper counterweight configurations and/or central ballast requirements
    • Proper crane configuration
    • Standard minimum and maximum tie-in spacing and maximum tower height above tie-ins
    • Proper installation of internal climbing collars, support beams, wedges, and climbing apparatus
    • Proper installation of top climbing units and tie-in collars, struts, and lower braces
    • Position of top climbing unit after climbing procedures in accordance with manufacturer’s specifications
    • Proper travel rail installation and maintenance
  • Domain 3: Operations (50%)
    • Inspect the crane for proper condition and complete required records
    • And when to communicate with management, crew, and signalperson
    • Standard method hand signals as specified by OSHA
    • Shut down and secure the crane properly when leaving it unattended
    • Manufacturer’s recommendations for operating in various weather conditions
    • Verify the weight of the load and the rigging
    • Basic load rigging procedures
    • Perform basic maintenance
    • Crane operator responsibilities contained in ASME B30.3 and specified by OSHA
    • Use operator aids and limiting devices
    • Proper procedures for operating safely under special conditions
    • Proper procedures for load control during the use of handheld tag lines
    • Emergency response procedures
    • Federal, state, and local regulations and ASME B30.3 regulations pertaining to the operation of the crane
    • Review planned crane operations and requirements with site supervision
    • Tower crane load charts
  • Domain 4: Technical Knowledge (15%)
    • Function, limitations, and characteristics of the crane
    • Basic maintenance, inspection, and replacement criteria for tower crane wire ropes
    • Basic tower crane nomenclature
    • Basic machine power flow systems
    • Boom, jib, counter jib, and counterweight configurations
    • Out-of-plumb tolerance for the tower crane
    • Metric units and U.S. customary units
    • Basic safety procedures

Practical Exam

  • Pre-Operational (Shift) Inspection
  • Task 1: Place Load Hook and Chain in Stop Circle
  • Task 2: Place Test Weight in Load Circle
  • Task 3: Negotiate Zigzag Corridor With Load
  • Task 4: Safe Securing Procedures

Exam Preparation Resources

There are a number of resources available to help you prepare for the Tower Crane Operator examination:

An additional resource is Safari Books Online, a searchable digital library that provides online access to thousands of books, training videos and conference sessions. See the Educational Resources section on the Related Sites page here on COOL to learn how to get free access.

RECERTIFICATION

Tower Crane Operator

Renewal Period: 5 years

The Tower Crane Operator credential has the following recertification information:

  • In order to recertify, certification holders must pass a written exam during the 12 months prior to their certification's expiration date.
  • Certification holders who can attest to at least 1,000 hours of crane-related experience during their period of certification do not need to take the Practical Exam to recertify.

In Demand

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Some

Credential is related to some tasks associated with the duties of the military occupation (at least one critical task but less than 80%)

Most

Credential is directly related to most of the major duties associated with the military occupation (at least 80%)

Other

Credential is related to this military occupation, but is more advanced or specialized and therefore will likely require additional education, training, or experience

CA Eligible

This certification is eligible for CA.

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Star

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Skill Level

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Early Career

1-3 years experience; Enlisted E1 through E4

Mid Career

4-10 years experience; Enlisted E5 through E6

Late Career

10+ years experience; Enlisted E7 through E9

Early Career

1-3 years experience; Enlisted “A” School through E5

Mid Career

4-10 years experience; Enlisted E6 through E7

Late Career

10+ years experience; Enlisted E8 through E9

Early Career

1-6 years experience; Officer O1 through O2

Mid Career

6-12 years experience; Officer O3 through O5

Late Career

12+ years experience; Officer O6 and Above

GI Bill®

Reimbursement for exam fees has been approved for payment through the GI Bill.

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ANAB (ANSI)

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ICAC

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ABSNC

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NCCA

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IAS

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Low

May be difficult to attain: minimum education requirement is a Bachelor's degree, and/or minimum experience is 10 or more years.

Note: In some cases “years of experience” refers to time actively on duty or while holding a certain occupation or prior certification and not always in consecutive calendar years. Additional years required for certain preliminary stages may not be included in this classification. For requirements measured in hours, 1080 hours was considered a year. For days, 365 days was considered a year. Please review all prerequisites and requirements for eligibility, and additional information for details.

Medium

Moderate ease of attainment: minimum education requirement = Associate's and/or prerequisite and/or minimum experience = more than 2 years and less than 10 years of experience.

Note: In some cases “years of experience” refers to time actively on duty or while holding a certain occupation or prior certification and not always in consecutive calendar years. Additional years required for certain preliminary stages may not be included in this classification. For requirements measured in hours, 1080 hours was considered a year. For days, 365 days was considered a year. Please review all prerequisites and requirements for eligibility, and additional information for details.

High

Highly attainable: minimum education requirement = HS or less and/or minimum experience = 2 years or less experience and no additional requirements.

Note: In some cases “years of experience” refers to time actively on duty or while holding a certain occupation or prior certification and not always in consecutive calendar years. Additional years required for certain preliminary stages may not be included in this classification. For requirements measured in hours, 1080 hours was considered a year. For days, 365 days was considered a year. Please review all prerequisites and requirements for eligibility, and additional information for details.

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