NCCCO Launches CCO Rigger Certification

The National Commission for the Certification of Crane Operators (NCCCO) has announced the availability of its certification program for riggers.

Rigger (Basic) is the first level in a three-level program. Development work on the Intermediate and Advanced Rigger levels is nearing completion and will follow during the year.

“CCO Certified Basic Riggers are able to perform simple, repetitive rigging tasks when the load weight, center of gravity, rigging and rigging configuration are provided, or are known by the rigger through experience or on-the-job training,” said Rigger Task Force Chairman Don Jordan. Jordan is the Lifting Technical Authority for BP America, Inc. Candidates are required to pass a written and a practical exam in order to be certified, he added.

“Certified Basic Riggers can demonstrate pre-use inspection, identify and attach rigging with basic knowledge of hitch configurations, capacities, and basic knots; recognize associated hazards; demonstrate knowledge of signaling operations; and describe and demonstrate the use of various types of rigging equipment and basic hitches and their applications,” Jordan said.

“We expect CCO Rigger Certification to be popular with owners and employers who perceive the safety and cost benefits of a professionally developed assessment process and who recognize its place within a comprehensive risk management process, while meeting their obligations under state and federal requirements,” said NCCCO Commission Chairman, Kerry Hulse.

NCCCO does not offer or administer any training for its rigger certification program. However, to assist employers, firms and organizations providing training are listed at http://www.nccco.org/training/SGP_RIGTrainingProviders.html. Full program information is available at http://www.nccco.org/certification/rigging.html.

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