How Much Does It Cost to Get Certified for Cranes?

by Kaylee Finn - Updated September 26, 2017
You must get certified before you can operate a crane in most states.

The National Commission for the Certification of Crane Operators (NCCCO) developed and manages certification for crane operators. Each state has individual laws, but most require certification through the NCCCO. In order to become certified, you must pass a two-part exam, consisting of a written and a practical portion. These two portions are administered independently and you pay testing fees for each of them separately.

Written Exam

The mobile crane written exam is $165 for the core exam and an additional $10 for each specialty you wish to be certified in. The tower and overhead crane exams are $165 each, or $50 each if you are also taking the mobile crane exam. If you fail a specialty section of the exam, but pass the core, retesting is discounted to $65 for the first specialty and $10 dollars for each additional specialty.

Practical Exam

The practical portion of the exam costs $60 for one mobile crane type and $10 for each additional mobile crane type. The tower and overhead crane exams cost $60, with a $10 discount if the candidate is taking more than one crane type exam. The practical exam must be completed within 12 months of the written exam.

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Training

Training is not required by the NCCCO to become certified. However, it is recommended that you receive some training before attempting to operate a crane for the first time. Additionally, a course may help you to pass the written portion of the exam. Training schools offer full courses for prices ranging from $1,200 to $1,800 (as of August 2011), depending on the length of the course. These schools may also offer additional practice time on their cranes, with an instructor, at a rate of about $100 an hour.

Considerations

Some training courses may include the NCCCO testing fees in their price. Additionally, many courses may have a guarantee, saving you from retesting fees should you fail your exam the first time. If you already work in the construction industry, you may be able to get your training or exam fees paid through your employer.

About the Author

Kaylee Finn began writing professionally for various websites in 2009, primarily contributing articles covering topics in business personal finance. She brings expertise in the areas of taxes, student loans and debt management to her writing. She received her Bachelor of Science in system dynamics from Worcester Polytechnic Institute.

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