The National Commission for the Certification of Crane Operators (NCCCO) has created a new national multidisciplinary CCO certification program for lift directors. An 18-member task force worked for 18 months creating the certification, which is fully compliant with the new OSHA crane rule, Subpart CC, as well as the ANSI (ASME) standard that governs crane operations.
Lift directors are also responsible for stopping crane operations if alerted to an unsafe condition and restricting unauthorized access to the crane’s work area. Other duties include prohibiting crane operations near power lines unless OSHA and ASME guidelines have been met, informing the operator of the weight of loads, and ensuring that the load is properly rigged.
The CCO Lift Director certification program provides separate designations for mobile crane and tower crane operations. The exams consist of a common written core examination and different written specialty examinations for each of the two designations. While there is no formal practical exam, real-life lift plans are used on the written exams to test a lift director’s ability to read, review, understand, and modify plans as changes occur, similar to what they must do in the real world.
Each candidate must also successfully pass the respective crane operator written exam(s) and the CCO Rigger Level II written exam; operators and Level II riggers who are currently certified need only maintain their certification status in good standing. As with other CCO programs, the initial certification period is for five years, after which lift directors must recertify.
“The new CCO Lift Director certification has been created to be valid, reliable and legally defensible,” noted NCCCO Commission Chairman Ellis Vliet. Once enough data has been collected, NCCCO will seek ANSI/ISO accreditation for the new program, such as it has achieved for its other certifications, he added.