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New Federal Crane Operator Certification Requirement

According to OSHA regulation 29 CFR 1926.1427 Subpart CC, all crane operators in construction must be nationally certified starting November 10, 2018 and must be re-tested every 5-years.

Some city and state crane operator licensing requirements are more stringent than OSHA's new rule. In those instances, only the State or City license is needed. 

According to OSHA, a crane operator must obtaining federal certification from an accredited crane operator testing organization (See list of organizations below)

*Exceptions: A federal crane operator license is not required for operators of derricks, side-boom cranes, or equipment with a maximum manufacturer-rated hoisting/lifting capacity of 2,000 pounds or less.

Click below to see our chart of city and state regulations for additional licensing requirements. 


Crane Operator Testing Organizations

The organizations below has been recognized to test candidates by the National Commission of Certifying Agencies (NCCA) or the American National Standards Institute (ANSI)

NCCCO National Crane Certification

National Commission for the Certification of crane operators (NCCCO)

NCCCO was formed in January 1995 as a non-profit organization with its mission to develop effective performance standards for safe crane operation to assist all segments of general industry and construction.

National Crane Certification Program

Crane institute certification (Cic)

Crane Institute of America Certification, LLC (CIC) is an independent certifying organization providing OSHA recognized, NCCA accredited crane operator, rigger and signalperson certifications.


Operating engineers certification program (OECP)

The Operating Engineers Certification Program (OECP) is designed to provide members of the International Union of Operating Engineers a means to obtain a valid and reliable certification that accurately assesses their competence in crane operations, thereby directly promoting a safer jobsite environment for the worker, the public, and the industry.

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National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER)

NCCER is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) education foundation created in 1996 as The National Center for Construction Education and Research. It was developed with the support of more than 125 construction CEOs and various association and academic leaders who united to revolutionize training for the construction industry.