How Do You Get a Crane Operator's License?


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To obtain a crane operator’s license, you are required to pass a series of written and practical examinations administered by the National Commission for the Certification of Crane Operators. The NCCCO requires candidates to demonstrate sets of skills and knowledge established by subject-matter experts to promote safe performance.

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The content of the license exams depends on the type of crane licensing one is seeking. The NCCO conducts licensing exams for mobile crane, tower crane, overhead crane and articulating boom crane operators. While the written and practical exams may be taken in any order, they both must be passed within 12 months of each other to qualify for licensing.

In addition to written and practical examinations, crane operator candidates must meet ASME B30 physical requirements at the time of application and on an ongoing basis. These requirements include a minimum vision of 20/30 in one eye and 20/50 in the other, with or without corrective lenses; the ability to distinguish colors; sufficient strength, endurance, agility, coordination and speed of reaction to operate a crane; and normal depth perception. Additionally, candidates must be able to pass substance abuse tests; the testing level is set by the standards of the industry wherever the candidates expect to practice.

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