The Industry Forum on

Personnel Qualifications

NCCCO Foundation Industry Forum

The NCCCO Foundation’s Seventh Industry Forum on Personnel Qualifications was held October 20, 2022, both in-person in Phoenix, AZ and via Zoom from 1:00 to 5:00 pm MST. A recording of the Forum is now available here.


Keynote Address: What’s New at Federal OSHA?
Speaker: Scott Ketcham, Director of OSHA’s Directorate of Construction, OSHA
Session Description: All the latest in certification, employer evaluation, compliance directives and more who will discuss the latest activities at OSHA and how their impact on the qualification of crane operators and related personnel.

The Future of Professional Credentialing
Speaker: Lenora Knapp, PhD, President, Knapp & Associates International, Inc.
Session Description: Disruption and change are creating an increasingly complex and challenging future for the field of professional credentialing. This session will outline: (1) the drivers of this change, (2) five trends which should be on the radar screen of every organization with a stake in professional credentialing, (3) and opportunities and threats associated with these trends.

ASME B30 Standards Update for 2022
Speaker: Eric Fidler, Director of Product Safety, Grove U.S. L.L.C. and ASME B30 Committee Vice Chair
Session Description: Learn what’s “bubbling under” in lifting equipment standards from the vice chair of ASME B30

Mental Health in the Workplace
Speaker: Mandi Kime, MS, BS, BA, GSP, CHST, Director of Safety, AGC of Washington
Session Description: Why should you care about the mental health of those you work with? Statistics show a growing need to address mental health, reduce stigma, and practice healthy coping and resilience skills. This session will cover some relevant statistics, what needs to be done to address mental health in the workplace, and how you can get involved on a national level to reduce these staggering statistics. The life you save, could be your own…

Test Security Breaches: What Doesn’t Kill You, Makes You Stronger
Speaker: John Zarian, General Counsel and Senior Director, Quality Management, National Commission for the Certification of Crane Operators (CCO)
Session Description: Testing organizations are constantly responding to exam security breaches, both suspected and confirmed. Depending on the magnitude, these incidents can present very real threats to a certification body, but they can also present opportunities for improvement.

Exciting changes and New Features Coming to CONEXPO-CON/AGG 2023
Speaker: Sara Feuling, P.E., Senior Director, Construction, Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM)
Session Description: An overview of exciting changes and new features you can expect to see at CONEXPO-CON/AGG 2023, along with world-class educational opportunities in cranes, rigging, and aerial lifts.

Developments in Certification
Speaker: Thom Sicklesteel, CEO, National Commission for the Certification of Crane Operators (CCO)
Session Description: What changes are coming to CCO?

Making Innovation Accessible to Eliminate Workplace Fatality Risk
Speaker: Kathryn Crawford, Research Manager, Work to Zero, National Safety Council
Session Description: Work to Zero, a program of the National Safety Council, is committed to helping employers adopt technologies for fatality prevention. This session will present the most common hazardous situations contributing to workplace fatalities and the most promising safety technologies to help isolate workers from those situations. Attendees will also learn about free resources to help make innovation more accessible, particularly for safety-sensitive industries such as construction and manufacturing. Join us to learn about our free Safety Innovation Journey toolkit to assist with:
• Understanding your fatality risk
• Exploring technology solutions
• Determining your digital readiness
• Making the business case for safety innovation
• Piloting safety technology

Engaging Youth in Construction Careers
Speaker: Stephanie McNeely, MPA, CFRE, Director of Development and Strategic Partnerships, ACE Mentor Program of America
Session Description: Learn how companies and individuals can partner with their local communities to engage students in promising careers in the crane and construction industry.

Crane Type Advisory Group (CTAG) – Past, Present & Future
Speaker: Fred Simmons, Inspection & Training Manager, Foley Material Handling, Co., Inc. and Chair, NCCCO Foundation Crane Type Advisory Group
Session Description: Learn the when, where, why & who of the CTAG and how to get determinations for your equipment.

NCCCO Foundation Vision and Goals
Speaker: T.J. Cantwell, Executive Director, NCCCO Foundation
Session Description: Learn what the NCCCO Foundation is working and how it plans to help the crane industry by making an impact in workforce development, education, and research.

Panel Discussion Q&A

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Past Industry Forums


The NCCCO Foundation organizes the annual Industry Forum on Personnel Qualifications.  Seven Industry Forums have been held to date, as follows:

  • Washington, DC, October 2015 (inaugural meeting)
  • Honolulu, HI, May 2017
  • Baltimore, MD, October 2018
  • Crosby, TX, October 2019
  • Virtual Event, October 2020
  • Arlington, VA and Virtual, November 2021
  • Phoenix, AZ and Virtual, October 2022

Video recordings are available for the most recent Industry Forums. Click below on the links for each session.

Fifth Annual Industry Forum (2020)

Sixth Annual Industry Forum (2021)

Seventh Annual Industry Forum (2022)

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