Effective December 1, 2021, concrete pump operators in BC are now required to hold a valid certification for the pump type they currently operate, as per recent changes to BC’s Occupational Health & Safety Regulations. The Certified Concrete Pump Operator (CCPO) certification is a professional accreditation delivered by the BCCSA. Pump operators who hold this certification are known as Certified Concrete Pump Operators (CCPOs).
This certification program was built by industry and safety professionals to ensure holders of the certification are operating to a standard of high competence – one of safety, environmental consideration, and value. Those who hold this certification have demonstrated theoretical knowledge of concrete pump operations and they have shown they can apply this knowledge by working competently in the field.
The CCPO certification program currently offers certifications in 5 pump types:
- Tower Placing Booms,
- High-Pressure Line Pumps (over 1,233 psi),
- Low-Pressure Line Pumps (1,233 psi & under),
- Truck Mounted Boom Pumps – 41 metres and under, and
- Truck Mounted Boom Pumps – over 41 metres
Obtaining the Truck Mounted Boom Pump – over 41 metres certification will also grant an operator the Truck Mounted Boom Pump – 41 metres & under and Low-Pressure Line Pump certifications.
Obtaining the High-Pressure Line Pump certification will also grant the operator the Low-Pressure Line Pump certification.
Requirements for CCPO certification include:
- Be at least 18 years of age
- Pass the certification tests
- Hold a valid Class 3 BC Driver’s License, if required for your pump type (e.g., truck mounted boom pump)
Benefits to Employers
Concrete pumps are an increasingly important tool in modern concrete and like other skilled trade areas, concrete pump operators now have a certification they can be proud to carry which employers can use to verify the competence of any pumpers coming on their worksite.
Employers who employ CCPO's can benefit through:
- Reduced risk
- Fewer accidents, injuries & fatalities
- Assurance of operator’s abilities
- Less property damage
- Improved safety records
- Enhanced public image
Learn about the CCPO Certification Tests.