The NCCCO Foundation has updated its Accredited Certifiers Directory which lists all the crane and crane-related certification programs accredited by nationally recognized accrediting agencies in compliance with OSHA requirements. New in this edition is the addition of a Summary of Updates section at the very top of the first page to alert users to any changes since the last edition.
Under the terms of the crane operator qualification rule, 29 CFR 1926.1427, OSHA requires all certification organizations providing certification to crane operators to be accredited.
The Who’s Accredited? Directory is designed to take the guesswork out of determining whether or not a certification organization is accredited by a nationally recognized accrediting body, as OSHA requires.
The Directory also provides a direct link to the listing maintained by the two accrediting bodies that OSHA recognizes: ANSI and NCCA.
Just as a certification is only valid for a certain amount of time, so an accreditation is reviewed on a regular basis by the accrediting organization, usually annually. That means, just like a certification, an accreditation can be suspended, or even removed at any time.
And also like certification, accreditation is not a “one-time” event. Accreditation is a rigorous and often protracted process. Just because an organization may have applied for accreditation does not mean it is, in fact, accredited and therefore in compliance with OSHA’s requirements. In most cases it takes a certification body many months of review and often continuing dialogue with the accrediting body before accreditation is granted.
There are four (4) certification organizations that are currently accredited.
Accredited by ANSI:
EICA – Electrical Industry Certifications Association
NCCCO – National Commission for the Certification of Crane Operators
NCCER – National Center for Construction Education and Research
Accredited by NCCA:
OECP – Operating Engineers Certification Program
Note that not all certification bodies are accredited for all the programs they offer. Employers can verify for themselves which programs are included in the accreditation scope, and which bodies are accredited, by checking directly with the appropriate accrediting agency, either ANSI https://ansi.link/17024-accredited or NCCA https://www.credentialingexcellence.org/nccadirectory.
In addition, both nationally recognized accrediting agencies issue proof of accreditation in written form usually annually. An example of the written confirmation used by ANSI is: PCAC Decision Letter