The CCO Rigger certification program is offered through a partnership with the National Commission for the Certification of Crane Operators (NCCCO). This nationally recognized and internationally accredited rigger certification program is the culmination of three years’ hard work by experts from the varied industries and groups that use rigging, including construction, steel erection, iron workers, the operating engineers, utilities, petrochemicals, specialty rigging companies, and rigging hardware and sling manufactures. NCCCO task forces were made up of experts from all aspects of the rigging industry—riggers, training directors, managers, supervisors, manufacturers—who together represent many thousands of hours of rigging experience. These volunteers gave freely of their time and expertise with the goal of improving the safety of all whose work brings them into contact with rigging equipment.
A certified rigger is a person who has been trained and certified to handle rigging equipment to lift and move loads. The level of certification depends upon the individual’s training, knowledge, skill base, and ability to perform functions related to the selection, inspection, and proper use of rigging equipment.
This person may be qualified in a craft or trade and carry an occupational title such as tower technician, tower foreman, iron worker, electrician, carpenter, millwright, mechanic, laborer, mason, longshoreman, lineman, pipe fitter, boilermaker, and the like. (The persons described in the categories above will be referred to as rigger even though they carry another occupational title.)
For more information, the official Rigger Level I and Rigger Level II candidate handbook can be downloaded for free at the following website link: http://www.nccco.org/handbooks-forms
Certified Rigger Level I
NCCCO identified the following job duties for Rigger Level I certification. A Certified Rigger Level I can perform simple, repetitive rigging tasks when the load weight, center of gravity, the rigging, and rigging configuration are provided or known by the rigger through experience or on-the-job training prior to the rigging activities. Specifically, Level I Riggers should be able to demonstrate or have knowledge of how to:
- Inspect rigging before use
- Identify and attach rigging with basic knowledge of hitch configurations, capacities, and basic knots
- Recognize associated hazards
- Signal operations
- Use various types of rigging equipment and basic hitches and their applications
Certified Rigger Level II
In addition to knowing and demonstrating Rigger Level I knowledge and skills, a Certified Rigger Level II can select rigging components and procedures based on rigging capacity. A Level II Rigger can perform the following rigging tasks unsupervised:
- Estimate load weight and center of gravity
- Identify lift points
- Determine and select rigging based on loading
- Perform pre-use inspection of rigging and lift points
- Identify and attach rigging with knowledge of hitch configurations and load angle factors, rigging capacities, and load integrity
- Understand load dynamics and associated hazards
As applicable, Level II Riggers will also have a working knowledge of hoisting equipment, winches, jacks, industrial rollers, and similar equipment.
Rigger examination questions were written by NCCCO's subject matter experts. A complete list of reference materials cited as the basis for the exam questions is available in the Rigger Candidate Handbook.
Candidates are strongly advised to become familiar with industry standards,
practices and relevant OSHA rules in preparing for the NCCCO certification examinations.
Sample test questions demonstrating the typical style and content of the questions found on the Rigger exams are also available in the Candidate Handbook.
NWSA is not able to endorse any particular training company or training program. However, in an effort to facilitate selection of an appropriate training vendor, below is a link to a list of firms and organizations that have indicated they offer preparatory training for the Rigger Level I and Rigger Level II certification exams.