Crane operation is a wide and varied field, used generally in construction and also manufacturing industries. The National Commission for the Certification of Crane Operators administers both written and practical exams in order to certify that potential crane operators have been informed, trained, and are qualified. They administer more than half a million written and practical examination to more than 75,000 people in all 50 states every year. The foundation, NCCCO, was founded in January 1995, and meets federal OSHA regulations as well as the American National Standard ASME BCO. It is recognized as a measure of competency for OSHA, which provides benefits to those who have received the NCCCO training.
This program is national in scope, applicable for jobs in the private sector, is independent of labor relations policies, tailored to different types of crane-related activities, requires both the written and practical test and is up for recertification every five years. This test is administered to those in a wide variety of industries, including construction, utilities, energy, steel erection, crane rental, automotive, petrochemical, and pulp/paper.