NCCCO Awarded Accreditation for Two Certification Programs

The National Commission for the Certification of Crane Operators (NCCCO), Fairfax, Va., 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 to the ISO/IEC 17024 International Standard for organizations that certify personnel.

“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,” said Kerry Hulse, NCCCO’s commission chairman.

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 Graham Brent, NCCCO executive director.

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.