The National Commission for the Certification of Crane Operators (NCCCO) has introduced a signalperson certification programme.

It is a programme designed to meet or exceed all current and proposed standards and regulations that require personnel providing hand signals to crane operators to be qualified. The idea is that crane operators receive accurate information about where loads need to be placed.

For the first time candidates will be tested on their understanding of basic crane operations and limitations, in addition to their knowledge of hand signals and voice communications. Both written and practical tests are required.

The programme follows the intent of the latest revision of the ASME B30.5 Mobile and Locomotive Crane and ASME B30.3 Construction Tower Crane standards, as well as the OSHA Proposed Rule that will revise Subpart N of the Code of Federal Regulations for cranes.

NCCCO has retained its standard certification model of written, practical and re-certification examinations but there is a new computer-generated and delivered practical examination. "This practical exam requires candidates to demonstrate their knowledge of the signals without the use of actual cranes or crane operators," said Dr. Anthony Mitchell, president of International Assessment Institute (IAI), NCCCO test development and services provider. "The development process ensures that the certification process is fair, valid, reliable, and legally defensible."

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