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The All-New Crane Operator Certification Program

What"s NCCER All About?
 
NCCER stands for the National Center for Construction Education and Research, and its headquarters is in Gainesville, Florida, but it offers examinations around the country. It is affiliated with the University of Florida"s School of Building Construction. As a not-for-profit 501(c) education foundation, it was created in 1996 in order to develop standardized construction, maintenance, and pipeline curricula with portable credentials and to help address the critical skilled workforce shortage. NCCER"s training process of accreditation, instructor certification, standardized curriculum, national registry, assessment, and certification is a key component in the industry"s workforce development efforts. NCCER drives multiple initiatives to enhance career development and recruitment efforts for the industry. 
 
Crane Operator Program
 
NCCER recently announced the Crane Operator Certification Program: Industrial/All Purpose, Rough Terrain/All Terrain, and Rubber Tire Truck Mount have received accreditation by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI). The North American Crane Bureau, Prov, and NCCER joined forces to create the crane certification program.
 
NCCER president Dan Whyte stated, "Having our crane operator program receive ANSI accreditation is a remarkable achievement for our organization. It further validates that our program meets the highest professional certification standards for crane operators across the industry.- 
 
To become a certified crane operator, the individual must have a high level of both professional knowledge and skills. The certification process involves both written tests and practical tests that meet ASME B30.5 consensus safety standards and OSHA 1910 standards for mobile crane operators. Four different tests are offered: telescopic boom, lattice boom, boom truck, and industrial/all-purpose cranes.
 
The written tests are administered throughout the country at any NCCER Accredited Assessment Center that meets crane endorsement requirements, and the practical portion of the test is given by certified practical examiners. The crane operator can take both parts of the exam and receive results back the same day. The certification expires after five years.
 
For more information about the program, visit www.nccer.org.

By Michelle Simmons
Get Heavy Equipment Operator Jobs, Contributing Editor

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