Our crane inspector training is designed to prepare you for your NCCCO Crane Inspector Certification Exam. Five years of crane-related experience is a requirement for this certification. Prospective candidates will also either need to have crane operator certification in good standing or be prepared to take these certification exams concurrently with the crane inspector certification exam.

In lieu of experience as a crane operator, mechanic, technician, or shop foreman, related education may be substituted. Two years of education equates to one year of experience, and this substitution can account for up to three total years of experience. Applicable education may include courses in engineering, physics, applied mathematics, applied science (non-destructive testing), construction technology, heavy equipment mechanics, or welding technology.

Crane inspectors help ensure a safe worksite for everyone. Training for your NCCCO crane inspector written exam aims to fully prepare you for the test. In addition to covering material that’s specific to the exam, we’ll also offer test-taking strategies and a comprehensive practice exam to help prepare you for success.


  • Inspector responsibilities
  • Inspector experience requirements
  • Inspection frequency criteria
  • Mobile Crane Core Exam training
  • Specialty Crane Inspector training
  • Crane Inspector Core Exam training
  • Machine maintenance
  • The safest, most effective inspection techniques
  • Inspection documentation requirements
  • A complete practice exam and answer review session
  • Tips for taking standardized tests

To become a certified crane inspector, individuals must first pass the Crane Inspector Core Examination. Next, you (the student) will need to complete a specialization exam relating to inspector certification. Inspector specialization exams include any one or all of the following: mobile crane inspector, tower crane inspector, or overhead crane inspector certification. If candidates do not already hold an operator certification, they’ll also need to successfully pass each respective crane operator core exam as well.

The exam for certified crane inspector range from 40-70 questions and have durations ranging from 60-90 minutes. Details about each exam and the certification path can be found here. This certification does not include a practical exam portion. Certification is valid for five years.