CCO Telecommunications Tower Rigger Level I

Program Description

The CCO Telecommunications Tower Rigger Level I certification program is offered through a partnership with the National Commission for the Certification of Crane Operators (NCCCO). This program was developed in a joint effort between an NWSA Task Force comprising telecommunications industry subject matter experts that teamed with NCCCO’s Rigger Exam Management Committee, who together represent rigging specialists, tower technicians, carriers, tower owners/vertical realtors, contractors, trainers, and suppliers. 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 Telecommunications Tower Rigger Level I is a person who has been trained and certified to handle and move loads on antenna supporting structures. 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 about the certification, official CCO Rigger Level I candidate handbook can be downloaded for free at the following website link:

Certified Telecommunications Tower Rigger Level I

NCCCO and NWSA identified the following job duties for Telecommunications Tower Rigger Level I certification. A Certified Telecommunications Tower 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 through experience, while under direct supervision of a Competent Rigger per ANSI/ASSP A10.48. Specifically, Level I Tower Riggers should be able to demonstrate and/or have knowledge of how to:

  • Inspect rigging hardware and components prior to the rigging activities
  • Review site-specific rigging plans
  • Identify and attach rigging hardware with appropriate hitch configurations, capacities, and knots
  • Recognize associated hazards
  • Communicate and identify signal operations
  • Use and application of various types of rigging equipment (i.e., capstans, base mounted hoists)
  • Rigging anchorage/attachment points



The Telecommunications Tower Rigger examination questions were written by NCCCO and NWSA’s subject matter experts. A complete list of reference materials cited as the basis for the exam questions is available in the NCCCO 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.

Download the Candidate Handbook