NCCCO has announced it is stepping up efforts to prevent unauthorized use of the CCO logo, as well as its acronyms “NCCCO” and “NCCCO”.

“As the success of the program has grown, the CCO logo has started to appear on web sites, certificates, and even certification cards from non-accredited programs in unapproved forms,” says NCCCO executive director, Graham Brent. “The CCO logo and acronyms are registered trade marks and, as such, can only be used with prior written permission,” he adds.

Brent reminds anyone interested in displaying the CCO logo that they must submit a written proposal for each intended use of the CCO logo or acronyms, including a copy of any proposed artwork. The company must receive written permission for each such use.

In addition, a company offering services (such as training) must not be certifying crane operators through any other program. “The least we can do for employers seeking to verify a crane operator's credentials, is to remove any confusion of the CCO acronyms and logo with another program not in compliance with (nor under the control of) NCCCO,” Brent adds.

Further information about NCCCO policies on the use of its trademarks may be found at www.nccco.org/training/documents/Training FirmAgreement0304.pdf.

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