February 2024

Issue Highlights

OSHA Alliance


Spanish Bi-Lingual Committee

CCO Spring Meetings

OSHA Alliance: Creating A Safer Industry

In a significant stride towards improved safety in the load handling industry, CCO and the NCCCO Foundation have entered into a formal alliance with OSHA. This collaboration, inaugurated on November 16, 2023, is set to expand safety awareness across the industry. This alliance will leverage shared resources for industry alerts, training, and support at OSHA events which will be used to further reinforce CCO's unwavering commitment to safety. Read more

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CCO EDU: Building Training Providers

NCCCO is proud to announce the establishment of CCO Education Services LLC (CCO EDU). This new subsidiary will enhance certification preparation by developing, auditing, and ultimately accrediting training providers.  

CCO EDU is a direct reflection of our own commitment to upholding the gold standard in certification testing.  Read more

New Crane Inspector Designation: Articulating Crane

Responding to industry feedback, CCO introduces a new Articulating Crane Inspector designation, aligning with ASME B30.22 standards to meet specific inspector qualifications,

This addition fills a critical gap, distinguishing between articulating and mobile crane inspections, and requires five years of relevant experience or formal education alongside passing comprehensive written exams. Read more

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CCO's All-Digital Future

On January 1, CCO completed phasing-out standard paper/pencil testing for written exams. This shift toward digital test delivery is part of our continuous effort to enhance efficiency and accessibility in the certification process.

All candidates now utilize one of three written testing options, Online Proctored Testing (OPT), Test Center Testing (TCT), or Event Online Testing (EOT). All three options offer:

  • An easy online application process
  • No late application or rescheduling fees
  • Quick and simple online scheduling
  • Immediate score reporting

Find details of the options and determine which one is right for you here

Telehandler Certification Maximizes Safety on Jobsites

Introduced last year, our Telehandler Operator (THO) certification marks a significant step in advancing job site safety and efficiency, being the only credential available to directly align with OSHA 1926 and 1910 General Industry Rules. 

This certification addresses the critical need for standardized knowledge in both fixed and rotating telehandler operation. 

With this offering, operators can demonstrate that they’re not only competent but also deeply committed to maintaining industry-wide safety standards for safe operation. Read more

Spanish Bilingual Committee Formed

Kid in Crane - MI Construction

In February 2024, CCO announced the formation of a Spanish Bilingual Committee aimed at enhancing the accessibility of CCO's certification programs for Spanish-speaking candidates. 

This initiative underscores CCO's commitment to safety by ensuring that language barriers don't hinder the certification process. Read more

Hot or Cold - The Choice Is Yours!

Our Stainless Steel Thermal Bottle keeps drinks hot for up to 24 hours and cold for 36. Its retro collapsible handle and advanced, leak-proof lid that doubles as an 8 oz. cup, maximize convenience and efficiency.

Available now in the CCO Store.

Pilot Program Update: Concrete Pump Operator

We're excited to announce that we've entered the final phases of pilot testing for the Concrete Pump Operator Practical Exam. 

These final refinements will ensure that the test meets CCO's high safety and competency standards. While the practical exam is in development, candidates can still gain certification through written examination. 

Explore the details of CPO certification here.

Register To Attend CCO's Spring 2024 Meetings

Mark your calendars for CCO’s 2024 Spring Meetings from April 23-26 in Denver, CO. 

This event brings together various CCO committees and will conclude with the 56th Biannual Commissioners Meeting. This is the ideal platform for industry engagement and for the shaping of future CCO programs.

Register here

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CCO Operator Profile: Jeffrey Wegner

Jeff Wegner's evolution from welder to a structural superintendent at Phoenix Industrial underscores the importance of CCO certification in career development.

With over 20 years as a CCO certified operator, Jeff's expertise in crane dynamics has been crucial in safely managing complex lifts across the U.S.

His story emphasizes the value of continuous learning and certification, proving that professional development through CCO can elevate one's career and enhance safety and efficiency on job sites. Jeff's commitment to obtaining additional certifications highlights the flexibility and accessibility of CCO's Online Proctored Testing. Read more

2024 Sponsorship Opportunities Available

Explore sponsorship opportunities with CCO in 2024 to not only support our initiatives but also significantly enhance your reach.

A collaboration with us not only underlines your commitment to safety and excellence but also puts your brand in front of the entire industry.

Explore the full scope of benefits at nccco.org/sponsorship

Contact Tara Whittington at twhittington@nccco.org for more details.

25 Years of OSHA Recognition

This year marks a significant milestone for CCO as we celebrate 25 years of recognition by OSHA. The unbroken longevity of this acknowledgement underscores our deep commitment to safety and excellence. 

Over the years, this collaboration has played a pivotal role in how we’ve helped shape industry standards with an unceasing focus on safety. We are proud of this enduring alliance and look forward to continuing our work with OSHA to establish and uphold the highest safety standards in the lifting equipment industry. 

CCO in the News

CICB Invests in Their Facilities To Offer CCO® Computer-Based Testing - At their facilities in both Orlando and Houston, CICB has streamlined the EOT test-taking experience for students and employers while aligning with the industry's technological advancements. Victoria Advocate, January 2024

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CCO certification recertification is important. When I attend course to prepare, it helps me to stay current on OSHA and ASME requirements.- A 4-Star Recertificant

CCO By The Numbers

The number of times candidates prepared for certification by test driving the new exam platform by the end of 2023.

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