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NCCCO crane operator testing for Saudi

The US based National Commission for the Certification of Crane Operators (NCCCO) has signed an agreement with the First National Company (FNRCO) of Saudi Arabia, for the certification of crane operators, riggers, and signal persons in the Kingdom.

The five year agreement was signed last week at the US - Saudi Arabian Business Council’s (USSABC) corporate offices in Vienna, Virginia.

Under the terms of the agreement, NCCCO mobile crane operator, rigger, and signal person exams will be made available at a number of locations throughout Saudi Arabia and other countries in the Middle East. NCCCO's computer-based testing partner PSI will provide the facilities for written exam administrations, all of which will be in English.

NCCCO will also provide the expertise to train examiners for the practical testing of operators and set up practical test sites. NCCCO auditors will ensure that exams are conducted to the same standards as those used for testing operators in the USA and will issue official credentials to those candidates successfully passing both written and practical exams.
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Abdullah Bani Hameem of FRNCO (L) with Thom Sicklesteel of NCCCO

NCCCO chief executive Thom Sicklesteel, said: "NCCCO is excited about having FRNCO as a partner and the opportunity presented by this international agreement to bring a higher level of safety to the construction industry in Saudi Arabia. FNRCO is committed to providing a high level of training for crane professionals to prepare them for the NCCCO exams which will raise the skill levels and safety standards at work sites throughout the Kingdom."

FRNCO eastern region executive manager Abdullah Bani Hameem, added: "FRNCO is confident that NCCCO's proven certification exams and test integrity procedures will provide the anticipated safety benefits over the course of this long term agreement."


The NCCCO is really a big joke. They really don't test the abilities of the crane operator. The NCCCO has a committee that think they know cranes, and make up these bogus questions. Their committee is made up of non-crane operators {or crane operators who have very limited crane experience}. Their written exams are not based on "REAL WORLD" scenarios. The load chart questions used to be sole based on the crane's capacity....with no regard to the wire rope capacity. And even now it isn't based on real world application. The NCCCO does not physically test the individual on setting up the crane. So many incidents occurred cause some one got their CCO card...yet they never knew how to extend the outriggers or level the crane. ANY ONE CAN PASS THEIR EXAMS! I can show your 8 year old child how to pass everything including their practical. Anyone can do their practical one hand one function and pass it in time.

Mar 18, 2020