Becoming a certified crane operator is a process that will take some dedication, practice, and studying. However, you should definitely not be intimated by the process. If your goal is to become a certified operator, the NCCCO (or National Commission for the Certification of Crane Operators) does a great job in facilitating test takers. The NCCCO will do everything to make the process as manageable as possible. They provide tests for every type of crane operation, including mobile cranes, tower cranes, digger derricks, boom trucks, signal persons, overhead cranes, lift directors, service truck operators, articulating cranes, and riggers. Most tests have a written and practical part. This article explains the test process so you can be more prepared.
The Written Test
The written test must taken on a designated date at a predetermined testing site. No matter where you live, you should be able to find a nearby testing site on a convenient date. Before you reserve your spot for a certain date, you should familiarize yourself with the actual test. You want to give yourself an idea of how intense the studying will be and how much prep time you will need. Exam fees can run over $300 when everything is added up, so you don't want to waste your money by taking a test you're not prepared for.
The test can be computer-based or taken on pen and paper. Most tests have several domains (anywhere from 1-6). The NCCCO website has detailed outlines on what to expect for each domain and how much of your grade will be based on each domain. They also provide helpful sample questions that you should definitely study beforehand.
The Practical Exam
You can only take the practical exam after you have passed the coordinating written exam. You have 12 months to take the test once you have passed. After this time period you will need to retest. The practical exam locations are more limited, so you might need to be prepared to travel (and even fly) to the location. The NCCCO website also has a lot of helpful tools. They outline the exact tasks that you will need to perform for each exam. You will not show up to the testing site and be surprised by what you are asked to do. Most people who properly prepare and practice for the section of the test have no problem passing.
If you follow the NCCCO guidelines, study the outlines and practice questions, give yourself plenty of time to prepare and practice, you will have no problem passing the test. For more information, contact companies like Craneology Inc.