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National Commission for the Certification of Crane Operators (NCCCO)


Thomas Cantwell Selected to Head NCCCO Foundation

Thomas (T.J.) Cantwell has been named executive director of the NCCCO Foundation. He will take over from current chief executive, Graham Brent, on Aug. 1. As previously announced, Brent will retire from the Foundation at the end of July....


CCO Announces 'CCO Cares' Initiative

CCO wants candidates and certificants to know that they are more than just a certification number. CCO understands that behind each participant in the program is a hard-working, safety-minded professional who cares deeply about the work they do....


CCO to Move Written Exam Delivery into Digital Age

Although CCO candidates began taking exams utilizing computers nearly 15 years ago, CCO recently announced its technology initiative to move all written exams to the computer. This initiative not only uses the latest and greatest testing and security technology, but it has several key benefits for candidates and employers....


New CCO Certification for Concrete Pump Operators Now Available

The National Commission for the Certification of Crane Operators (CCO) has launched a new certification program for operators of concrete pumps. CCO developed this certification in response to numerous requests from industry so that users can garner the same increased safety benefits that users of other load handling equipment have seen through certification....


NCCCO Foundation Announces Officers for 2022-2024

The NCCCO Foundation board of directors has announced the officers who will serve the organization for the next two years. Elected to serve as president is Garry Higdem, CEO of Mario Sinacola & Sons, Frisco, Texas....


New Chair of Crane Type Advisory Group Appointed

The NCCCO Foundation board of directors has named Fred Simmons chair of the crane type advisory group (CTAG) following the retirement of Dave Ritchie. Simmons takes up his new position immediately, according to NCCCO Foundation President Garry Higdem, who made the announcement....


First Veterans in VICTOR Program Announced

The first recipients of the VICTOR program were announced recently by the NCCCO Foundation and Heavy Equipment Colleges of America (HEC). The Veteran In Crane Training Outstanding Recognition (or V.I.C.T.O.R.) award is presented to the top-performing veteran in each HEC training class for NCCCO mobile crane operator certification....


Graham Brent to Retire from NCCCO Foundation

Graham Brent, chief executive officer of the NCCCO Foundation, will retire July 29, 2022, bringing to a close a 26-year career with the National Commission for the Certification of Crane Operators. Brent has led the NCCCO Foundation since 2019 when he stepped down after 23 years as CEO of the National Commission for the Certification of Crane Operators....


OSHA Director Keynotes NCCCO Foundation's Industry Forum … and Discusses What's New at the Agency

OSHA will publish an updated Compliance Directive on its revised crane operator certification standards next spring according to Scott Ketcham, director of OSHA's directorate of construction. Speaking at the annual NCCCO Foundation Industry Forum held in November, Ketcham teased forum attendees about topics in the upcoming directive as he discussed construction site violations, several related to crane operations....


NCCCO Foundation, Heavy Equipment Colleges of America Launch VICTOR Recognition Program

The NCCCO Foundation and Heavy Equipment Colleges of America (HEC) announced the launch of a new program designed to recognize top-performing veterans. The announcement was made at the Sixth Annual Industry Forum on Personnel Qualifications held on Veterans Day in Arlington, Va., and hosted by the NCCCO Foundation....






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