The National Commission for the Certification of Crane Operators (NCCCO) has appointed Robert (Bob) Hornauer to the new position of manager of test integrity. Hornauer, who will operate from NCCCO's Groveland, CA, office, will also have special responsibility for CCO certification activities in California.
Hornauer will oversee issues relating to the security of written and practical exam administrations, quality of test delivery, and candidate misrepresentation. Incidents of alleged credential forgery and test impropriety will also fall under his purview.
“The creation of this new full-time staff position reflects NCCCO's vigorous policy of ensuring the quality and integrity of the certification process,”said NCCCO executive director, Graham Brent. “Test security has become a high priority for certification programs in many other disciplines, and this proactive approach to dedicate staff to this vitally important area will provide confidence to certificants and applicants alike that their credential will be protected for the long term.”
Throughout his 35 year career in construction safety, Hornauer has held leadership roles for many industry groups including the National Construction Safety Executives, AGC of California's Safety and Health Council, and the construction specialty division of the American Society of Safety Engineers.
Hornauer became involved with the CCO certification program in 1997 when, as corporate safety director for a major California construction company, he led a voluntary effort to certify crane operators leading to the administration of the first open written exams on the West Coast.