Steps to a Practical Exam

PRACTICAL EXAMINATIONS

A Practical Examination is a performance based assessment required to obtain certification. In addition to the computer-based written assessments (CBT), a fair and objective practical examination must be administered to ensure that the candidate can apply the essential knowledge and skills need to safely perform the job activities in the field. NCCCO Accredited Practical Examiners observe and record the performance of the candidate during the practical examination and report candidate performance to NCCCO for evaluation.

NCCCO Accredited Practical Examiners are CCO-certified personnel who have been trained and authorized by NCCCO to administer the practical examinations for the Rigger and Signalperson certification programs. NCCCO Practical Examiners are recognized as professionals in their field and may offer their services for hire.

Here are the simple steps to follow if you are a candidate looking to schedule a Rigger or Signalperson Practical Examination:

FAQs

What is Practical Examination Testing?
A Practical Examination is a performance based assessment required to obtain certification. In addition to the computer-based written assessments (CBT), a fair and objective practical examination must be administered to ensure that the candidate can apply the essential knowledge and skills needed to safely perform the job activities in the field.

Where can I find a Practical Examiner?
Candidates interested in scheduling a practical examination should visit the NCCCO Open Practical Test Site page in order to review the listing of open practical test sites that offer Rigger and/or Signalperson Practical Examinations. If candidates do not see an open practical test site that is accessible in their respective region of the country, they may hire a practical examiner to come to their workplace or other designated facility.

What is the Role of a Practical Examiner?
NCCO Accredited Practical Examiners are individuals who have been trained to administer the practical examination portion of the certification process. Practical Examiners observe and record the performance of the candidate during the practical examination and report candidate performance to NCCCO for evaluation.

Who can I contact with questions regarding scheduling a Rigger and/or Signalperson Practical Examination?
NCCCO staff is readily available to assist prospective candidates with any questions they may have regarding the scheduling of a Rigger and/or Signalperson Practical Examination. The NCCCO staff can be reached via e-mail at info@nccco.org or by phone at (727) 449-8525.

How much does it cost to take a Practical examination?
The cost for a candidate to register and take a Practical examination is $95 per exam. For example, the Practical exam for each certification category (Rigger Level I, Rigger Level II and Signalperson) would cost the candidate $95 for each unique test. There may also be additional administrative fees that will be assessed by the Practical Examiner to administer the exam.

If I am already a NCCCO certified Rigger and/or Signalperson, can I obtain a NWSA certification card?
Yes, current NCCCO Certified Rigger and/or Signalperson cardholders may request a new NWSA/NCCCO co-branded Certification Card by NCCCO via email at info@nccco.org or by phone at (727) 449-8525. There is a $25 fee to purchase a new NWSA/NCCCO Certification card.

How do I reach a representative for additional questions?
To contact the NWSA, just send an e-mail to nwsa@nws-a.org and a NWSA representative will contact you directly to answer your questions. You can reach NCCCO with questions on the Signalperson and/or Rigger programs at info@nccco.org or 727-449-8525.

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