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Terex Utilities to Host First NCCCO Digger Derrick Operator Certification Program

In conjunction with its upcoming Hands-On Training event, Terex Utilities will host the industry’s first National Commission for the Certification of Crane Operators (NCCCO) Digger Derrick Operator Certification Program on August 20-22, at its facilities in Watertown, S.D.


In 2010, OSHA published new construction regulations requiring crane operator certification nationwide by November 10, 2014, which means digger derrick operators performing construction activities will be required to be certified by this date. In response, the NCCCO Digger Derrick Operator Certification Program was developed, and is accredited, by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) and the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA). The certification reflects important principles set by the ANSI A10.31 digger derrick standards and OSHA regulations. Electrical workers performing Subpart V work may be exempted.


“The NCCCO Digger Derrick Operator Certification Program is an industry-driven program, with digger derrick operators themselves playing a central role,” says Jason Julius, technical support and training development, Terex Utilities. “Other stakeholders, such as business owners, manufacturers, operating engineers and related trades, have also participated in developing this program. Third-party certification is likely to be the most cost-effective and accessible method for employers and employees to meet these new requirements, giving Terex the opportunity to play a leading role in the implementation of this specialized certification.”


To be certified by NCCCO through the Terex certification event, candidates must demonstrate skills and knowledge that subject matter experts have deemed necessary for the safe operation of a digger derrick. Certifications will be achieved through a written examination, a practical exam and by attesting to abide by NCCCO’s Code of Ethics and Substance Abuse Policy.


“Because of the sound methodology employed at all stages of program development,” says Julius, “employers can be confident that individuals carrying NCCCO certification cards have demonstrated that they possess the necessary fundamental knowledge and skills. In turn, those who earn the distinction of the NCCCO credential can take satisfaction that their skills have been recognized by an independent, accredited, professional authority.”


The NCCCO Digger Derrick Operator Certification is valid for a five-year period. To recertify, candidates will be sent a packet 1-year prior to their certification’s expiration date.



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