National Credential
Credential: Boom Truck Fixed Cab Operator  ANSI resource
Credentialing Agency: National Commission for the Certification of Crane Operators (NCCCO)

The National Commission for the Certification of Crane Operators (NCCCO), Boom Truck Fixed Cab Operator (BTF) certification attests to the knowledge and proficiency required for the safe operation of cranes. The Boom Truck—Fixed Cab Operator certification is a subcategory of the CCO Telescopic Boom—Fixed Cab (TSS) certification and was developed specifically for the industries that use these machines. Boom Truck Fixed Cab Operators lift, lower, and swing loads at various radii, requiring the use of outriggers/stabilizers. Candidates must pass a practical and written exam.

More information can be found on the certifying agency's website.

Renewal Period: 5 years

Boom Truck Fixed Cab Operator

The following Army Occupations provide training and/or experience that contributes to attaining this credential:

Personnel Category Occupation Occupation Type Related As Promotion Points Skill Level Star Proponent Funded Gap Analysis
Enlisted 12A Engineer Senior Sergeant MOS some          
Enlisted 12C Bridge Crewmember MOS other          
Enlisted 12G Quarrying Specialist (RC) MOS some          
Enlisted 13B Cannon Crewmember MOS some  Promotion Points: This certification has been approved for promotion points. Click for more information.        
Enlisted 13M Multiple Launch Rocket System (MLRS)/High Mobility Artillery Rocket System (HiMARS) Crewmember MOS some  Promotion Points: This certification has been approved for promotion points. Click for more information.        
Enlisted 88H Cargo Specialist MOS some          

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Related As

The military occupations shown in this table are related to this credential in one of four ways: Most, Some, or Other.

Most: This credential is directly related to most of the major duties associated with the military occupation (at least 80%). Note that the credential may require additional education, training or experience before you are eligible for it.

Some: This credential is related to some tasks associated with the duties of the military occupation (related 80% to at least one or more critical tasks but less than 80% of all of the entire military occupation). Note that the credential may require additional education, training or experience before you are eligible for it.

Other: This credential is related to this military occupation, but is more advanced or specialized and therefore will likely require additional education, training, or experience.

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This credential has been approved for promotion points for this MOS towards promotion to Sergeant and Staff Sergeant. Clicking the Promotion Points icon will open a link to the promotion points fact sheet.

Skill Level Designation

Skill Level I: This skill level consists of all Soldiers in the ranks of Private (pay grade E-1) up to Specialist (pay grade E-4). Time in Service (TIS) is generally between initial entry and four Years of Service (YOS). This skill level is Entry-level positions requiring performance of tasks under direct supervision.

Institutional training:

  • Structured Self-Development (SSD) level I
  • Basic Leader Course (BLC)

Skill Level II: This skill level is obtained when promoted to Sergeant (paygrade E-5). TIS is generally between 4-8 YOS. Positions requiring performance of more difficult tasks under general supervision; and in some instances, involving supervision of Soldiers in SL1.

Institutional training:

  • Structured Self-Development (SSD) level II
  • Advance Leader Course (ALC)

Skill Level III: This skill level is obtained when promoted to Staff Sergeant (paygrade E-6). TIS is generally between 8-12 YOS. Positions requiring performance of still more difficult tasks and involving first line supervision of Soldiers in SL1 & SL2.

Institutional training:

  • Senior Leader Course (SLC)
  • Structured Self-Development (SSD) level III

Skill level IV: This skill level is obtained when promoted to the rank of Sergeant First Class (paygrade E-7). TIS is generally between 12-18 YOS. Positions requiring relatively detailed knowledge of all tasks specified for a given MOS, normally involving first-line supervision of Soldiers in SLs 1, 2, and 3, and involving managerial duties.

Institutional training:

  • Master Leader Course (MLC)
  • Structured Self-Development (SSD) level IV
  • Senior Enlisted Joint Professional Military Education (SEJPME) I Course

Skill level V: This skill level is obtained when promoted to the rank of Master Sergeant (paygrade E-8). TIS is generally between 18-22 YOS. Positions requiring direct and indirect leadership roles with expertise in company and battalion-level operations and competency across a given CMF, serving as members of a staff at every level in the Army, with a full understanding of the allocation of resources and their utilization in order to accomplish Army functions and missions.

Institutional training:

  • United States Army Sergeants Major Academy (USASMA)
  • Structured Self-Development (SSD) level V

Skill level VI: This skill level is obtained when promoted to the rank of Sergeants Major (paygrade E-9). TIS is generally between 22-30 YOS. Positions requiring organizational leadership roles with multi-dimensional expertise in units and teams on division, corps, and Army staffs, integrated with Joint, Interagency, Intergovernmental, and Multinational (JIIM) partners with a full understanding of the Force Generation process, operations at all echelons, and how the Army runs.

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Star credentials are MOS enhancing, as designated by the Proponent. MOS enhancing credentials are directly related to an MOS or ASI, are taught either partially or completely as part of a Program of Instruction (POI), and improve the MOS technical proficiency.

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Boom Truck Fixed Cab Operator

Eligibility Requirements ()

Note: This credential may have multiple options for becoming eligible. Listed below are the minimum requirements based on the minimum degree required. To view other options, see the Eligibility tab.

  • Credential Prerequisite
  • Experience
  • Education
  • Training
  • Membership
  • Other
  • Fee

Exam Requirements ()

  • Written Exam
  • Oral Exam
  • Practical Exam
  • Performance Assessment

Renewal Period: 5 years

  • Continuing Education
  • Exam
  • Continuing Education OR Exam
  • Fee
  • Other

National Commission for the Certification of Crane Operators (NCCCO)
2750 Prosperity Ave.
Suite 505
Fairfax, VA  22031
Phone: (703) 560-2391
Fax: (703) 560-2392
Email: info@nccco.org

Boom Truck Fixed Cab Operator

Candidate must be trained in mobile crane operation and it is recommended that candidates currently work in crane operation.

The Boom Truck Fixed Cab Operator credential has the following other requirements:

  • Candidate must be at least 18 years of age.
  • Candidate must meet the NCCCO medical requirements and ASME B30 physical requirements.

Boom Truck Fixed Cab Operator

  • Site (20%)
    • Elements that affect ground stability
      • Below surface (e.g. voids, tanks, loose fill)
      • On surface (e.g., retaining walls, slopes, excavations, depressions)
    • Proper use of supporting materials (e.g., mats, blocking/cribbing)
    • Electric power line hazards during assembly/disassembly
    • Requirements to travel without load
    • Identification and evaluation of hazards
    • Responsibilities of the controlling entity concerning site conditions
    • Review lift requirements with site supervision
  • Operations (26%)
    • Crane inspection for unsafe conditions
    • Personnel safety requirements during crane inspections
    • Leveling cranes
    • Obtain dimensions, weight, and center of gravity of the load
    • Verify radius
    • Power line hazards during operations
    • Wire rope
    • Types of signals
    • Requirements
    • Effects of lifting loads from beneath the surface of water
    • Requirements and procedures for when load is not in full view of the operator
    • Requirements of tag lines
    • Reactions to block/line twisting and personnel in fall zone
    • Use/function of operator aides
    • Alternative operating procedures when operator aids malfunction
    • Use/function of safety devices
    • Emergency Procedures
    • Effects of dynamic loading
    • Effect of side loading
    • Effects of operating in various weather conditions (e.g., wind, temperature, wave action)
    • Conditions where backward stability presents limitations
    • Manufacturer-approved attachments and their effect on the crane's operation
    • Operator's authority to stop operations
    • Shut down and securing the crane when leaving it unattended
  • Technical Knowledge (28%)
    • Current Federal regulations and industry standards, including, but not limited to ASME B30.5, B30.10, OSHA 1910.180, 1926 Subpart CC
    • Basic crane terminology and definitions
    • Functions and limitations of cranes and attachments
    • Inspection requirements
    • Basic procedures for rigging devices and their use, such as slings, softeners, lifting beams, and shackles
    • Basic procedures for termination of wire rope
    • Proper use of hook blocks and overhaul balls
    • Wire ropes
    • Relationship between line and pull and safe working load of running ropes
    • Protective measures against electrical hazards and their limitations
    • Significance of the instruments and gauge readings
    • Requirements for fall protection
    • Requirements for access and egress of the crane
  • Load Charts (26%)
    • Terminology necessary to use load charts
    • Basic math skills without the use of a calculator
    • Ensuring the load chart is the appropriate chart for the machine in its particular application
    • Use of load charts
  • Setup (23%)
    • Proper use of supporting materials (e.g., mats, blocking/cribbing)
    • Proper boom assembly and disassembly procedures
    • How to properly use outriggers/stabilizers and crawlers
    • How to use outrigger position indicators/sensors
  • Operations (23%)
    • Crane operation
    • Pick and carry on rubber and on crawlers
    • Shut down and secure the crane properly when leaving it unattended
    • Use/function of operator aids
    • Use/function of safety devices
    • Power flow systems
    • Procedures when approaching two-blocking
  • Technical Knowledge (19%)
    • Basic crane terminology and definitions specific to different crane types
    • Functions and limitations and attachments specific to different crane types
    • Wire rope replacement criteria and inspection procedures (standing ropes)
  • Manufacturers' Load Charts (35%)
    • Understand different elements of load charts
    • Understand and apply manufacturers’ load charts given various configurations
  • The Practical Examination is comprised of six main tasks that increase progressively in the skill level tested. Skills tested are: inspecting the equipment hoisting, booming, swinging, following hand signals, and combination (multifunction) operations. Crane operation with load and without load is required.

There are a number of resources available to help you prepare for the Boom Truck Fixed Cab Operator examination:

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Boom Truck Fixed Cab Operator

Renewal Period: 5 years

The Boom Truck Fixed Cab Operator credential has the following recertification information:

  • Pass the recertification written examinations. Certification holders who can attest to at least 1,000 hours crane-related experience during their period of certification do not need to take the Practical Exam to recertify.
  • Continue to meet the NCCCO medical requirements.