National Commission for the
Certification of Crane Operators
Committed to Quality, Integrity, and Fairness in Testing since 1995

Introducing CCO

CCO (formerly the National Commission for the Certification of Crane Operators) was formed in 1995 as a nonprofit organization with its mission to develop effective performance standards for safe load handling equipment operation to assist all segments of general industry and construction.

By providing thorough, independent assessments of knowledge and skills, CCO aims to enhance lifting equipment safety, reduce workplace risk, improve performance records, stimulate training, and give due recognition to the professionals who work in, with, and around load handling equipment.

The establishment of CCO was the culmination of almost 10 years’ continuous work by representatives of all industries that use load handling equipment. In essence, CCO programs were developed by industry for industry, and they continue to be supported by it.

This diversity continues to be reflected through CCO’s Commissioners and Board of Directors, who represent such groups as contractors, labor unions, rental firms, owners, government, regulatory and standards-setting agencies, steel erectors, manufacturers, equipment distributors, construction firms, training consultants, and insurance companies.

The wealth of load handling equipment knowledge these experts have brought to this effort has been coupled with CCO’s psychometric expertise, which plays a crucial role in the development of CCO programs as well as in the administration and further development of CCO written and practical examinations.

This combination of load handling equipment–related experience and exam development knowledge has been supplemented with input from the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) as well as the ANSI/ASME committees that developed and revise the B30 standard. The result is sound, valid, and effective tests of operators’ and associated trades’ proficiency.

Clearly, everyone—employers, operators, and the general public—has much to gain from ensuring only qualified people operate in and around load handling equipment. You’ll find much more information about the CCO program on this website, but if you have any other questions at any time, please contact us.

CCO Mission

CCO is a non-profit organization with a mission to develop effective performance standards; provide fair, valid, and reliable assessments; act as an industry resource; and be the leader in providing certifications for those who work in and around load handling equipment.

CCO Vision

A lifting environment in which safety is enhanced by increased training, improved performance, and reduced risks of working in and around load handling equipment.

CCO Values

CCO’s organizational values are:

  • Quality
  • Integrity
  • Fairness
  • Excellence
  • Service
  • Respect