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NCCCO recertification testing

Discussion in 'Cranes' started by skyking1, Oct 11, 2021.

  1. skyking1

    skyking1 Senior Member

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    I checked into recertifying my NCCCO card. Operating Engineers 302 is offering paper and pencil tests on November 13th.
    they're doing refresher courses as follows:
    Tower Thursday November 4th, 6:00 p.m.
    Load charts Friday November 5th, 6:00 p.m.
    Core Saturday November 6th 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
    I am not renewing the tower, I have never used it. I figured it is $180 down the drain.
     
  2. Natman

    Natman Senior Member

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    What is it, 5 years duration?
     
  3. skyking1

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    yes, I am due in December I ran right up to the end :)
    Part of me wants to keep the tower card, but the odds are really low that it will matter. I really prefer a job where I am up and down off the crane and busy.
     
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    I did ask my instructor, first thing/first day: if there was an age limit? He laughed and said he has had a few "student" over 80, that's something to look forward too! 8 more years.....
     
  5. skyking1

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    we talk about firsts. Now I am talking about lasts. I suspect this will be my last crane cert, and in June I will get the last medical. In December I will renew the CDL for probably the last time too.
    I like this stuff but I like other stuff more better. I need to get some boat certs :)
     
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    Someone else can have that tower cert. I like having my "seat" on the ground.
     
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    I see that hook hanging and know the tower is just not for me.
    I thought it was cool, OK freakin cold in Ellensburg in February, to get it.
    The tower had no landings, just a 100' death ladder with a follower cable for your harness.
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    There was a little grove doing christmas trees under me with Ironworker apprentices. Fun stuff.
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    The test was OK.
    Then I was Meh, and then a couple of years later I got up in a 240' tower with 240' of boom on a slack day with my boss. It kicked my arse. Having the cert did not equal me being cut out for it.
     
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