CCPO: Certified Concrete Pump Operator

CCPO: Certified Concrete Pump Operator
Concrete Pump Operator

Scheduling the Practical Exam


The BCCSA has contracted Fulford Certification to administer the delivery of the Practical Examination under the policies and procedures of the BCCSA. Fulford Certification is a professional assessment company specialising in competence testing of equipment operators. Since 2014 Fulford has certified over 20,000 equipment operators in Western Canada.


Once your Practical Examination application is approved, the Fulford Certification coordinator will contact you to set up a Practical Examination appointment. The appointment location will be a work site that is agreed upon between the operator, the dispatcher and the assessor.

At the appointment, you will be assessed for competent performance on actual pumping jobs in the field.

Concrete work can be difficult to predict. Sometimes concrete is either delayed or cancelled to the job site where assessment is scheduled to take place. For this reason, assessments are scheduled to take place over a full day to allow for maximum flexibility and the candidate being assigned to an assessable job.


Assessable Jobs

Assessable jobs are those where the operator is to perform the full range of competencies expected of a practically competent pump operator. These are described in Candidate Info & Instructions. A non–assessable job for example would be one where the candidate manoeuvres the pump boom to a basement door and the placing crew use a hose to place the concrete from the boom tip – in this case the boom will not be moved sufficiently enough by the candidate for the operator to make a determination of competence.

The Test Coordinator will work closely with the Assessor and the company dispatcher / candidate to identify assessable jobs and to adapt to other assessment circumstances in the event of concrete cancellation or delay to the worksite.


Exam Rescheduling, Cancellation & Withdrawals

For Practical Exam rescheduling, cancelling and withdrawal policies, see Rescheduling, Cancellation & Withdrawals in our Certification Policies section.

Test Site Information & Requirements
Identification at the test site

Candidates must report to the test site at the scheduled time with their admission letter, valid for the specific test date, and bring governmental issued photo identification along with them. Acceptable forms of photo ID are:

  • Government issued driver’s license
  • Passport
  • Work identification if required

If the Assessor is required to undergo a site safety orientation to work on the site this must be made known to the Test Coordinator well in advance of the practical exam date. Where possible the Assessor will have completed the orientation before the candidate’s truck is brought to site.


Note: Candidates without appropriate identification documents will NOT be allowed to take the certification examinations.


Material to bring to the test sites

Each candidate must bring the following items to the test site:

  • Government issued photo ID
  • Personal protective equipment to wear during the test, including at a minimum: hard hat, work boots and suitable work clothing. All site PPE requirements must be met or the Practical Examination will not proceed.

Other test site requirements

  • The assessment truck must have a current commercial vehicle inspection.
  • The pump must have a current boom inspection.


How do I apply to take the Practical Exam?

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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.


Further information on Concrete Pumping: