How to pass the mobile crane certification for less than $1,000
The costs associated with Mobile crane certification are hitting small companies where it hurts, the time it takes for good training, the testing fees and the practical exam are what we will be discussing in this article.
The written exam consists of two parts, the core and specialty exams.
The mobile crane certification core exam;
The core exam has 90 multiple-choice questions with only 90 minutes to complete the test. This portion is required regardless of the type of crane you are specializing in, and covers all industry related questioning.
The mobile crane certification specialty exam;
These tests consist of 26 multiple-choice questions, you are allowed 60 minutes to complete each Specialty Exam. This portion of the testing is geared towards load charts and crane specific questions.
The cost for the core and one specialty is $215
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Written Testing fees are as follows:
Paper Computer test
Written Exam: Core $165 $205
Written Exams: Core + 1 Specialty $165 $215
Written Exams: Core + 2 Specialties $175 $241
Written Exams: Core + 3 Specialties $185 $262
Written Exams: Core + 4 Specialties $195 $283
Written Exam: 1 Specialty only (Core passed) $65 $100
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Preparing for the written Exam;
OperatorNetwork provides a comprehensive online mobile crane certification program for $149. The program covers the core and two specialties. With an option to select additional specialties at no cost. Testing and transcripts are provided for due diligence and qualification requirements needed to be OSHA compliant. Visit;
The practical tests are administered using two methods, Open test sites and Free lance examiners that travel to locations to conduct the practical’s.
Open test sites, there are currently 33 locations where you and your crew can take the practical exams just about any day of the week. They are listed by state you can view the list here;
There are 186 practical examiners listed on the NCCCO website, you can call and ask if there are available tests in your area, you have 12 months to pass the practical test from the date you passed the written exam. Freelance Examiners
Be sure to plan ahead and negotiate the practical exam pricing, the reason being is that the operating costs for the examiners include an audited site, a crane, his/her time and the fees for NCCCO.
I hope this helps, feel free to call or email me with questions.