CCO Rigger & Signal Person -CCO Certification

cco signal person exam-hands on test-1Course title: NCCCO Certified Rigger & Signal Person- Level 1

Cost $$- Call Steve for pricing and group discounts – 510-364-6010

This is a 3 day class

NEXT class date: by request.

Day 1 & 2 – Prep classes 8 am to 4 pm- This day is to prepare students to pass the National Exams given the third day. Students will learn the OSHA & ANSI standards necessary to pass the National exams. This is very important for people to attend these 2 preparation days. The National Exams are comprehensive and difficult. We will focus on the regulations that apply directly to the exam and we do practice exams during the class. Our students have commented that we’re covering the right materials and they felt prepared when they took the National Exams.

Day 3 – National Exams (written) and Practical Testing for Signal Person and Rigging begin. These run throughout the week until all students have been tested.

If additional days are necessary for Practical testing, students will get an appointment time to return and complete their practical exam for Certified Rigger or Signal Person.

Course information:

CCO Certified Rigger & Signal Person Class: Slings, Rigging Hitches, Basic Rigging Configurations & Inspections are covered in depth – Crane Signal Person course follows ASME/ B30.5 Standards for Hand & Voice Signals- Apprx class time is 6 hrs. The CCO Written Exam is the following day. Practical “Hands On” Skills exam immediately follows the written exam.

Fed OSHA 1910.180 – 1926.753, ASME B30.5 & Cal OSHA 4999 Qualified Rigger standards are covered along with practical demonstrations of crane signaling, sling inspections, rigging applications and rigging knots . Students will learn “HOW-TO” plan a crane lift, SAFELY Rig the load and signal the crane.

We have 35 years of experience in Cranes & Rigging. Turner Safety uses ASME B30 .5, Crosby’s Lift Guide Instruction Tools and OSHA Regulations to train your employees. This class is good for both Construction & General Industry applications.


A person who has become certified to handle and move loads. The level of certification depends on 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 iron worker, electrician, carpenter, millwright, mechanic, laborer, mason, longshoreman, lineman, pipe fitter, boilermaker, and the like. (The persons described in the categories below will be referred to as “rigger” though they carry another occupational title).

Rigger Level 1- Practical Examination

There are no time limits for the Certified Rigger Level I Practical Examination.

Before the test, you will watch a short candidate video or presentation showing all the tasks you will be required to perform during the examination.

Prior to beginning the examination, the Examiner will ask you for a government-issued photo identification such as a driver’s license.

The Examiner will ask if you have read the Candidate Information and Instructions and will answer any questions you may have. He/she will have you sign the score sheet indicating that you understand the instructions for the test.


  • At the Examiner’s indication to start, you will inspect all of the rigging slings and hardware located in front of you. Select those items that meet ASME and OSHA Removal from Service criteria.
  • Place the selected items to one side and say “Done” to indicate that you have finished.


  • At the Examiner’s indication to start, you will be directed to demonstrate six different hitches.
  • After completing each hitch, say “Done” when you are ready to have the hitch evaluated.
  • You will rig a single vertical hitch using the 5 ft. web sling and a ?-inch shackle on the eye bolt located on the round tube.
  • All other hitches will be rigged around the round tube.

You will have one minute to review the available rigging equipment for this testing session. The rigging has been inspected and is approved for use.

  • If your task involves the use of hardware that requires a torque wrench for final tightening, you are only required to secure the hardware to finger-tight condition for the task assignment.
  • Softeners are not required for these tasks.
  • You will choose three task assignment cards—one of each color—for the three rigging tasks.
  • At the Examiner’s indication to start, gather and assemble the rigging materials that are required to complete the assigned task. You will then rig and suspend the 6 in. × 30 in. square aluminum tube, as described on the task assignment card.
  • When you have completed your rigging assignment, announce that you are “Done.” The Examiner will evaluate your completed rigging setup.
  • You will disassemble the rigging assembly before continuing on to the next rigging assignment.


  • At the Examiner’s indication to start, you will tie five different knots using a rope or ropes of different diameters.
  • When it is necessary, use the 4 in. round PVC pipe and eye bolt as your anchor point.
  • Tie each knot and say “Done” when you are ready to have the knot evaluated.
  • Place the tying rope on the table after the last knot has been evaluated.

Candidates must demonstrate the following basic knots:

  • Sheet bend
  • Clove hitch
  • Inside bowline
  • Square/reef
  • Two half hitches

Once you have completed the Practical Examination:

  • The Examiner will complete your score sheet.
  • The Examiner is not permitted to review your score sheet or discuss your performance on the test.
  • Exam results will be mailed to you within approximately 12 working days of International Assessment Institute’s receipt of the score sheet.
  • If you have completed all of your tests, you must leave the Test Site.

The NCCCO Certified Rigger Level I Written Examination tests the following knowledge areas relating to rigging:

Domain: Scope of the Rigging Activity- Approximately 11% of test

Domain: Identify Rigging Components- Approximately 36% of test

Domain: Technical Knowledge- Approximately 10% of test

Domain: Inspection- Approximately 25% of test

Domain: Execution of Rigging Activity- Approximately 18% of test

The Signal Person Written Examination for the CCO Certification Program tests the following knowledge areas:

Domain 1: Hand Signals (Approximately 33% of the test)

Domain 2: Voice Communication (Approximately 13% of the test)

Domain 3: Basic Knowledge of Crane Operations (Approximately 27% of the test)

Domain 4: Situational Awareness (Site Specific Considerations) (Approximately 13% of the test)

Domain 5: Safety Standards and Regulations (Approximately 13% of the test)

Practical Examination

The Signal person practical examination consists of 20 computer simulated scenarios. There is no time limit. Candidates will typically complete the exam in less than 15 minutes. The scenarios show animated crane movements on a large screen. Candidates must demonstrate knowledge of hand and voice signals during the simulated crane operation sequences shown on the screen.

The instructions for each simulation are given to each candidate prior to testing.

CLASSES with less than 10 students may be re-scheduled at our discretion. All safety classes are payable in advance. Requests for RE-SCHEDULING, CANCELLATION & REFUNDS must be made 3 weeks prior to the class date. Cancellation/ Rescheduling fees of $150. will apply with less than 3 weeks written notice. Class Fees are Non-Refundable in the final 14 days of the class date. NO SHOWS are Non-REFUNDABLE

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