NCCCO receives ANSI accreditation for Rigger and Signalperson certification schemes

5 October 2010


Virginia-based awarding body, the National Commission for the Certification of Crane Operators (NCCCO), has received accreditation by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) for its rigger and signalperson certification programmes.

Certification schemes for riggers and signalpersons are among the most recent programmes the commission has added to its awards portfolio.

Now with official recognition from ANSI, they are in compliance with the ISO/IEC 17024, the international standard for organizations responsible for the certification of workers.

Workers undertaking the Certified Signalperson or Certified Rigger Level One examinations at the NCCCO will also be qualified in accordance with OSHA’s new federal rules for cranes and derricks.

NCCCO founder and executive director, Graham Brent, explained: “A central part of NCCCO’s goal since its inception 15 years ago has been to establish national testing programs that are fair to all candidates, while at the same time are both valid and reliable assessments of essential knowledge and skills.

“ANSI’s accreditation of these two new certification programs, in addition to accrediting our crane operator programs, is clear testimony that that goal has been achieved.”

Across the US state regulators are increasingly demanding that awarding bodies are ANSI accredited, as this will be a requirement under the new OSHA cranes and derricks rule when it comes into force in November.

ANSI Program Director, Roy Swift, commented: “Achieving ANSI accreditation is a major undertaking and the NCCCO can be very proud of this accomplishment.

“No other accreditation process demands the degree of psychometric or management disclosure that ANSI requires for accreditation under ISO 17024.”