National Commission for the Certification of Crane Operators (NCCCO)

The National Commission for the Certification of Crane Operators (NCCCO) has awarded its inaugural Lifetime Achievement Award to its founding CEO, Graham Brent. Brent, who recently stepped down from NCCCO to lead the NCCCO Foundation, had served as the organization's chief executive since 1996.

Effective Jan. 1, 2020, the National Commission for the Certification of Crane Operators (NCCCO) will implement a streamlined fee structure for its certification and recertification exams. For paper/pencil tests (PPT) and practical exams, the new prices will take effect for all test dates on or after Jan.

Terex Utilities announced that Dale Putman, product manager, was part of the first group of individuals to become a certified foundation drill rig operator. The designation is one of two new certifications developed by the National Commission for the Certification of Crane Operators (NCCCO) in conjunction with the International Association of Foundation Drilling (ADSC).

In response to industry requests, OSHA has announced it is delaying full enforcement of its requirement for employers to evaluate their crane operators. In a memorandum to OSHA Regional Administrators and State Plans, OSHA Acting Director of the Directorate of Construction Scott Ketcham stated that during the first 60 days of enforcement (until April 15, 2019), OSHA will evaluate good faith efforts taken by employers in their attempt to meet the new documentation requirements for operators of cranes used in construction.

Graham Brent will step down as CEO of the National Commission for the Certification of Crane Operators (NCCCO) effective July 1 to take up leadership of the recently formed NCCCO Foundation. Brent, who has led the non-profit certification body virtually since the inception of NCCCO certification programs in 1996, will be succeeded as CEO by NCCCO board member and Immediate Past President Thom Sicklesteel.

The National Commission for the Certification of Crane Operators (NCCCO) and the International Association for Foundation Drilling (ADSC) have jointly announced the introduction of a certification program for operators of drill rig equipment. Foundation drill rigs and anchor/micropile drill rigs represent specialized equipment used in the construction industry for drilling cylindrical holes in the earth.

Deep South Crane & Rigging and Berard will co-host a one-day careers event for students and veterans on Nov. 15 in Baton Rouge, La., as part of a national careers initiative through Lift & Move USA. The event will be the first in Louisiana and up to 400 students are expected to attend from local high schools and colleges.

Strong exhibitor support has pushed ICUEE, The Demo Expo to record size with 28 acres of the latest utility and construction equipment, products and technologies for attendees to explore, from more than 900 exhibitors (20-plus percent new to the show).