NCCCO Certified Rigger/Signal person

The NCCCO Rigger and Signal Person certifications consist of classroom training, hands on rigging scenarios along with written and practical examinations. Students successfully passing the examinations become nationally certified by the NCCCO, opening up employment opportunities as a certified rigger and signalperson around the country.

    Program Overview

    A certified rigger is a person who has been trained and certified to handle and move loads safely and efficiently. For this to be accomplished, a variety of knowledge that needs to be obtained and safely applied to every lift.  These include, but are not limited to sling inspection, sling angle reduction factors, rigging hardware inspections, and applying correct hitch types.  

    Along with being a certified rigger, a good ground worker also needs to be a certified signalperson as well.  This course will cover the proper OSHA hand signals in 1926 Subpart CC, along with the proper methods to use voice signals and have a strong understanding of crane dynamics.

    This is a three-day course prep course to assist individuals for the NCCCO Rigger Level 1 and Signalperson written and practical examinations. A fourth day may be necessary to complete all practical examinations, depending upon class size.  For the NCCCO Rigger Level 2 certification, please contact us directly.

    Course Breakdown

    • Day 1: NCCCO Rigger Level 1  (Please see informational breakdown below)
    • Day 2: NCCCO Signalperson (Please see informational breakdown below)
    • Day 3: NCCCO Written and Signal practical exams.

    Day 4: Rigger Practical Exams.


    NCCCO identified the following job duties for Rigger Level I certification. A Certified Rigger Level I can perform simple, repetitive rigging tasks when the load weight, center of gravity, the rigging, and rigging configuration are provided or known by the rigger through experience or on-the-job training prior to the rigging activities. Specifically, Level I Riggers should be able to demonstrate or have knowledge of how to:

    • Inspect rigging before use
    • Identify and attach rigging with basic knowledge of hitch configurations, capacities, and basic knots
    • Recognize associated hazards
    • Signal operations
    • Use various types of rigging equipment and basic hitches and their applications


    This course will prepare candidates to take the NCCCO signalperson certification written and practical exam. NCCCO certification exams are designed for signalpersons who are trained and who will use hand and voice signals in crane operations. NCCCO Certification examinations are designed for signalpersons who are trained and who will use hand and voice signals in crane operation.  A certified signalperson will understand the following:

    • Crane Limitations and Dynamics
    • ASME B30.5 (2011) – Mobile & Locomotive Cranes, Section 5-3.3: Signals
    • ASME B30.3 (2012) – Construction Tower Cranes, Section 3-3.3: Signals
    • OSHA 29 CFR Part 1926 Subpart CC—Cranes and Derricks in Construction (Sections 1419, 1422, and 1428: Signalperson Requirements and Qualifications)
    • Voice and Signal Communication
    • Situational Awareness


    In addition to knowing and demonstrating Rigger Level I knowledge and skills, a Certified Rigger Level II can select rigging components and procedures based on rigging capacity. A Level II Rigger can perform the following rigging tasks unsupervised:

    • Estimate load weight and center of gravity
    • Identify lift points
    • Determine and select rigging based on loading
    • Perform pre-use inspection of rigging and lift points
    • Identify and attach rigging with knowledge of hitch configurations and load angle factors, rigging capacities, and load integrity
    • Understand load dynamics and associated hazards

    As applicable, Level II Riggers will also have a working knowledge of hoisting equipment, winches, jacks, industrial rollers, and similar equipment.

    NCCCO Certified Rigger/Signalperson Training Eligibility

    The NCCCO Requirements to complete this certification are that you must be 18 years old. The NCCCO certification is designed for individuals who have been trained to handle and move loads.   You also need to comply with their substance abuse policy and code of ethics.

    Each certification is independent and not reliant on the other.  Therefore, to complete the certification for the Rigger Level I, you will need to pass a 60 multiple choice question test along with a practical.  To complete the Signalperson tests, you will need to successfully pass a 60 multiple choice question test along with a practical.

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