5 Jobs You Can Do with an NCCCO Certification

It’s important as we age and mature to constantly work on expanding our skill set. That could mean challenging ourselves in any number of ways, such as adopting a new hobby or a special trade. Professionally speaking, obtaining certain certifications can go a long way in helping you expand your skill set and land a new job.

If you’re considering obtaining your NCCCO certification, you’ve come to the right place. Uncertain of whether it’s worth the time and effort? No problem … we’ll help you figure out if it’s the right decision for you.


Here are five jobs that you’ll be in the running for once you become NCCCO certified. Let’s see if we can find one that’s well-suited to you.

Mobile Crane Operator

NCCCO stands for the National Commission for the Certification of Crane Operators, so as you might expect becoming a crane operator is a viable option for you once you become certified. A mobile crane operator is responsible for what some consider to be the most powerful piece of equipment in the industry. The position entails a great deal of stamina, focus, and coordination.

As a mobile crane operator, you could be responsible for a number of cranes. At West Coast Training’s mobile crane operator training course, students learn to operate large hydraulic, small hydraulic, lattice boom truck, and crawler mounted mobile cranes.

Tower Crane Operator

There are many types of crane operators, and each type requires specialized training, as well as the NCCCO certification.

Tower crane operators are responsible for tower cranes, which are a type of fixed crane, meaning the base of the crane remains affixed to a concrete surface while the machine is in use. The mast extends from the base, making this the tallest type of crane. The height combined with the fixed base makes this crane the best combination of lifting capacity and height, and it’s often used in the construction of tall buildings.

Operation of a tower crane can be performed from a specialized cab or through the use of remote-control equipment. For hooking and unhooking loads, a signal person is often necessary for direction.

Cab operators of tower cranes must meet a number of qualifications. They need to have good critical thinking and problem-solving skills. Acute attention to detail is important as well, and good communication skills are essential.

To determine whether a career in crane operation would be right for you, take our career training readiness quiz. If the position seems like a good fit, we offer a number of training programs and seminars to help you get started.

Signal Person

Oftentimes, a crane operator will rely on a signal person who serves as their eyes and ears by giving visual or verbal commands. The signal person plays a critical role in worker safety. If a crane operator has an obstructed view while operating machinery, or if worksite conditions are especially hazardous, the crane operator will rely on the signal person to communicate instructions clearly and effectively.

In addition to strong communication skills, a signal person must have sound judgment and great attention to detail. He or she must also have good knowledge of the equipment and site conditions. That includes understanding the crane dynamics involved in swinging, raising, lowering, and stopping loads, as well as boom deflection from hoisting loads. In other words, the signal person must have the ability to juggle a lot of moving parts.

If this sounds like it would be a good fit for you, our eight-week crane operator and rigger training program will help you earn your NCCCO certification.

Drill Rig Operator

Drill rig operators are great positions for those who have their NCCCO certification because they are able to work in a variety of fields. A drill rig is a piece of equipment that drills holes in the earth’s surface. Naturally, a drill rig operator is responsible for that machinery. Drill rig operators are used by various industries, including construction, oil and gas, environmental science, and many more.

Drill rig operation is one of the newest specializations requiring NCCCO certification. The NCCCO announced its certification program for drill rig operators in December 2018. It was the culmination of two years of work developing the programming. It’s the latest example of just how many fields and positions will open up to you once you obtain your certification.


Riggers are responsible for the handling and moving of heavy loads. There are two levels of rigger certification. Riggers at Level I are skilled at inspecting the rigging prior to use, identifying and attaching rigging, recognizing hazards, and understanding how to use various types of rigging equipment.

Level II riggers are skilled at the tasks required for Level I certification, plus they also perform additional specialized tasks. Specifically, Level II riggers are able to estimate load weight and center of gravity, identify lift points, determine and select rigging based on loading, understand load dynamics and hazards, and identify and attach rigging with the requisite skill and knowledge.

West Coast Training offers an eight-week crane operator and rigger training program to prepare you for this position. Successful completion of this program will result in Level I rigger certification.

This represents only a handful of the positions available to those who obtain their NCCCO certification. All of these positions require a great amount of skill and expertise, which is why it’s so important for you to become certified. If you’re uncertain which training program would work best for you, give us a call or take our career training readiness quiz.

With an NCCCO certification, you’ll be ready to embark on a future career in any number of professions. If you’re ready to take the next step, complete our information request form. You could be just weeks away from embarking on a new future, and West Coast Training will help you get closer to realizing your full potential.

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