Certified Crane Operator Training

Local 9 offers its members Crane Safety and Certification classes and testing biannually. Preparatory classes are held at the Denver union hall for both large and small Hydraulic (rubber tire) Cranes, and Lattice Boom (truck mount and crawler) Cranes, on the 3 Sundays prior to the testing date. Classes for Tower Cranes are held on the 2 Saturdays prior to the testing date. There is a combined review class on the Saturday before testing for both tower and mobile cranes. Written tests are administered by The National Commission for the Certification of Crane Operators (NCCCO) staff on the following Sunday at the Denver Union Hall.

Practical exams are administered at our training site, after successful completion of the written exams. Practical exams must be scheduled in advance, and payment for the exam is expected at the time of exam.


The National Commission for the Certification of Crane Operators (NCCCO) was formed in January 1995 as a non-profit organization to develop effective performance standards for safe crane operation to assist all segments of general industry and construction.

By providing a thorough, independent assessment of knowledge and skills, NCCCO aims to enhance lifting equipment safety, reduce workplace risk, improve performance records, stimulate training, and give due recognition to the professionals who work in, with and around cranes

The establishment of NCCCO is the culmination of almost 10 years continuous work by representatives of all industries that use cranes. In essence, the NCCCO program was developed by industry for industry, and continues to be supported by it.

This diversity continues to be reflected through NCCCO's Commissioners and Board of Directors who represent such groups as; contractors, labor unions, rental firms, owners, government, regulatory and standards-setting agencies, steel erectors, manufacturers, equipment distributors, construction firms, training consultants, and insurance companies.

The wealth of crane knowledge these experts have brought to this effort has been coupled with the expertise of one of the nation's most prestigious accrediting organizations, The International Assessment Institute (IAI). IAI played a crucial role in the development of the NCCCO program and continues to assist in the administration and further development of NCCCO written and practical examinations.

This combination of crane-related experience and exam development knowledge has been supplemented with input from the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) as well as the ANSI/ASME committees that developed and revise the B30 crane standard. The result is a sound, valid and effective test of an operator's proficiency.

Clearly, everyone, from employers, operators, and the general public have much to gain from ensuring only qualified people operate cranes. You’ll find much more information about the NCCCO program on their web site, but if you have any other questions at any time, do not hesitate to contact us.