CCPO: Certified Concrete Pump Operator

CCPO: Certified Concrete Pump Operator
Concrete Pump Operator

Candidate Info & Instructions


It is important that you understand these instructions. If there is anything that you do not understand, please request clarification from the Examiner.

In order to obtain a passing mark on the Practical Examination, a candidate must be observed competently performing all phases of the concrete pumping operation.


Tasks

The five (5) competence areas are:

  • 1. Hand Signals, Hazard Planning & Soil Conditions
    Hand Signals, Hazard Planning & Soil Conditions
    • Time: Will depend on opportunities in the workplace to display naturally occurring evidence of competence.

    • All candidates must:

      • Correctly interpret hand signals.
      • Determine, monitor and avoid potential hazards.

    • Truck Mounted Concrete Boom Pump operators must:

      • Using the Soil Type, Description and Load Bearing Capacity Chart, accurately calculate soil pressure for the pump they are using, taking into account the specific job site conditions.

  • 2. Pre-Operational Inspections & Procedures
    Pre-Operational Inspections & Procedures
    • Time: Will depend on opportunities in the workplace to display naturally occurring evidence of competence.

    • All candidates must:

      • Ensure all required documentation is up-to-date and present.
      • Conduct a Safety Pre-Check and complete the relevant paperwork corresponding to this task.
      • Undertake a Pre-Operation Inspection while the power/engine is off.
      • Inspect the condition of the Pump to ensure that it is safe to operate.
      • Undertake a Pre-Operation Inspection with the engine running.
      • Demonstrate the ability to safely use the different Cycle Equipment Functions.

    • Truck Mounted Concrete Boom Pump & Tower Placing Boom operators must:

      • Inspect the condition of the Carrier (Truck Mount only), the Boom and Attachments to ensure that it is safe to operate.

  • 3. Set-Up & Prime
    Set-Up & Prime
    • Time: Will depend on opportunities in the workplace to display naturally occurring evidence of competence.

    • All candidates must:

      • Have all required PPE.
      • Correctly set up and prime the pump.
      • Successfully operate controls and confirm site is ready with contractor.
      • Assess and prepare delivery location and position boom.

  • 4. Concrete Pumping
    Concrete Pumping
    • Time: Will depend on opportunities in the workplace to display naturally occurring evidence of competence.

    • All candidates must:

      • Correctly and safely operate the Concrete Pump (inc. performing various manoeuvres)
      • Monitor the concrete mix.

  • 5. Clean Out Procedures, Washout & Shutdown
    Clean Out Procedures, Washout & Shutdown
    • Time: Will depend on opportunities in the workplace to display naturally occurring evidence of competence.

    • All candidates must:

      • Show good clean up (blow out for Tower Placing Booms) and shut down procedures.

Operation Requirements for Candidate to Demonstrate Boom Control

These instructions are a guide to the type of boom movement the assessor is looking to observe on the job site.

Operation Requirements for Candidate to Demonstrate Boom Control

These instructions are a guide to the type of boom movement the assessor is looking to observe on the job site.


Step #1: Set up of the concrete pump according to the diagram. Unfold the boom and position the discharge hose at position # 1

Step #2: Manoeuvre the discharge hose in the following sequence 1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8-9-10.

Step #3: When moving the discharge hose along the wall forms the chain must remain inside the form and the end of the discharge hose must not raise more than 6” above the form.

Step #4: When positioning the discharge hose in the columns the hose must be lowered 1 ft into the column.

Step #5: When moving the discharge hose from the wall form to a column, column to column or column to wall form the Blocking cap will be installed.

Note: Footings measure approximately 60 feet in length (2 sets of 30 feet)


Operation Requirements for Candidate to Demonstrate Boom Control

Note: The same level of skill and difficulty required to complete the Field Diagram must be replicated on the work site.

Operation Requirements for Candidate to Demonstrate Boom Control


Pre-Test Briefing

There is a pre-test briefing where the Examiner will go through the tasks with the candidates.

While you are waiting to take your test, you will have sufficient time to read the description of the tasks to be performed and review the operator’s manual and load chart for the Concrete Pump that you will operate.

Post-Test Procedure

Once you have completed the Practical Exam:

  • The Examiner will record your performance.
  • The Examiner is not permitted to review your score sheet or discuss your performance on the test.
  • Exam results will be emailed to you within approximately five (5) business days.


Note: It is the candidate’s responsibility to be familiar with the equipment on-site. The Practical Examination is structured so that the candidate can use the machinery which he/she is used to.


During the Practical Examination, you are under the direction of the Examiner and must follow the Examiner’s directions at all times.

Once you have completed all components of the assessment you will be informed by the assessor and you may leave the testing area. Only personnel involved in the administration of the test should be present in the immediate vicinity of the concrete pump.

Time limits

The Practical Examination is a 1-day event.

Sub-tasks are not timed. Assessors are looking for competence in each area.

One working day is adequate time to complete all required tasks to demonstrate competence in all areas of concrete pump operating from start to finish.

Unsafe Act

If at any time during the examination, you commit an “unsafe” act, you will be disqualified from continuing with the test.

The Examiner has the authority to stop the test at any time for safety reasons. Please ask the Examiner if you have any questions.

If you are disqualified due to an unsafe act, your case will be reviewed by BCCSA and Fulford Certification, and you will be notified as to your eligibility for rescheduling your Practical Examination.

Candidate Statement

The Examiner will ask if you have read the candidate information and instructions and will answer any questions you may have. He/she will review with you the weather conditions and ask you to sign a statement indicating that you understand the instructions for the test and agree with the Examiner’s assessment of the weather conditions.

Weather Conditions & Equipment Problems

The Examiner will check the wind speed and record weather conditions on your score sheet.

The Examiner has the responsibility to determine if weather conditions/equipment problems are such that a test needs to be suspended. If the test is interrupted due to weather conditions/equipment problems, the procedure for restarting will be as follows:

  • You will resume the test at the beginning of the task you were performing at the time of the interruption.
  • If you resume the test on a different machine, you will have the option of starting the entire test over from the beginning.
  • If the test is delayed to a different day, the test must be restarted from the beginning.


How do I schedule taking the Practical Exam?
CCPO Handbook

Handbook: Read the Practical Examination section

(pg. 21 - pg. 30)

Read this Practical Examination section in the Candidate Handbook for comprehensive information about the Practical Exam - including the test site information, test scoring information, and more.

Download the CCPO Candidate Handbook PDF2.42 MB


  Reference Materials
Written Exam Fee
Test Centre Exam $350
Virtually Proctored Exam $250
The same fee applies for retest candidates.
Practical Exam Fee
Practical Exam Application Fee $1,500
Practical Re-Testing Fee $1,500
or portion thereof
Cancellation Fee:
The full fee applies if the candidate is a no-show to the appointment.
Rescheduling Fee:
Over 7 days before the Exam N/A
2-7 days before the Exam $200
1-2 days before Exam $500
24 hours or less before Exam $400

NOTE: The Practical Examination normally requires that an Assessor to be present for the full day of pumping. In an instance where for unforeseen circumstances, one or two components of the examination were not completed, the Candidate may be able to book a part-day of assessment. This part-day of assessment will be at the discretion of the Test Coordinator and the Assessor. In such a case the part-day assessment fee would be $650.


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