The National Commission for the Certification of Crane Operators (NCCCO) is preparing to offer revised crane choices for its written specialty exams for its mobile crane program.

Replacing the American 5300 on the lattice boom crawler crane exam is the American HC80, while the Broderson RT300 2BO replaces the Grove RT59S on the small telescopic crane exam. The changes are effective July 1, 2006, and tests scheduled after that date will feature the new exams.

From that date, the complete list of options available to candidates taking CCO written exams will be: the Manitex 1768 and Broderson RT300 2BO in the small telescopic crane (TSS) category; the Link Belt RTC 8050 and Grove TMS 750B in the large telescopic crane (TLL) category; the Manitowoc 777T and Link Belt HC238H in the lattice boom truck crane (LBT) category; and the Manitowoc 888 and American HC80 in the lattice boom crawler cranes (LBC) category.

Also, for the first time, CCO recertification exams will offer a choice of cranes in each category. The new options available to recertifying candidates will reflect the changes made on the main exams used for initial certification.

Candidate application forms for the written exams are being updated now and will be available in the next revision of the Candidate Handbook and the Test Site Coordinator Handbook for the mobile crane program.

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