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


Hosting Practical Exams

Criteria for Test Sites

Facilities wishing to volunteer as practical exam test sites must meet all CCO criteria for hosting a practical exam. If the facility meets the stated criteria, CCO will provide all necessary information to allow tests to be scheduled.

Each practical test site facility must arrange to have on site:

  • A designated Test Site Coordinator
  • An CCO-credentialed Practical Exam Proctor
  • Designated Assistant Proctor(s) to assist the Practical Proctor during testing
  • Equipment that meets CCO requirements for the practical exam; all load handling equipment used for CCO testing shall comply with minimum OSHA requirements; where OSHA does not apply ASME B30 will be used (see “Crane/Equipment Selection and Setup” in appropriate Practical Test Site Coordinator Handbook)
  • An outside area suitable for testing on the equipment selected and ancillary equipment necessary for conducting the exam (see “Test Site Setup”). Pole corridors may be set up on asphalt, concrete surface, or firm and compacted sand, dirt, or gravel (free of vegetation) with a sufficiently uniform surface to permit the poles to stand vertical and slide freely; grass surfaces are not acceptable.
  • Any ancillary equipment necessary for conducting the exam(s)
  • An indoor facility with a waiting area suitable for the Pre-Test Briefing of exam candidate

In addition, practical test sites must pay a $50 registration fee at the time of application. On or before the first practical test of each calendar year thereafter, practical test sites must pay a $50 fee to remain registered. Employers or organizations with more than one test site must pay a fee for each site. Candidate score sheets from exams conducted at practical test sites that have not paid the $50 annual fee will not be processed.

Test sites are established by the physical address where the equipment is located. Multiple companies and/or sites are not permitted to be established under the same address, although additional equipment can be added by submitting the appropriate Test Site Application(s) to CCO’s Utah office. Should a test site need to become inactive or remove equipment, it must provide the following information to CCO in writing:

  • PE Site Number
  • Company Representative
  • Company
  • Contact information (phone and email)
  • Company Representative signature

No site will be discontinued without this documentation. Any practical exam test sites that become inactive (i.e., do not pay their annual test site fee) will be placed in probationary status (see below) and must follow the requirements for new test sites should they want to become approved again in the future.

In the event a test site’s location changes, a new test site must be established by completing and submitting a new test site application. A new site number will be assigned to the new location. Score sheets submitted for testing at unregistered test sites will not be processed.

New and Probationary Test Sites

For all new test sites and for 12 months after their first test administration, all new CCO practical exam test sites are conferred “probationary” status. The purpose of this probation is to monitor new test sites and ensure that they are following CCO’s policies and procedures. These procedures include proper notification of testing, proper cancellation, and cooperation in the audit process.

Probationary test sites are required to provide notification via the CCO website no less than two business days prior to any test administration. Changes or cancellations to testing plans are subject to the same notification requirement. Once a site has provided test notification to CCO, that will be considered intent to test on that day and the site may be audited even if no testing occurs.

After a 12-month time frame, a probationary test site’s history is reviewed to ensure that it has followed CCO’s policies and procedures, including notification procedures. If a test site has not been providing proper notification, the probationary period will be extended at six-month intervals until such time that the policies and procedures have been properly followed.