For a testing organization to be considered accredited to certify operators under this subpart, it must:
Be accredited by a nationally recognized accrediting agency based on that agency's determination that industry recognized criteria for written testing materials, practical examinations, test administration, grading, facilities/equipment and personnel have been met.
Have procedures for operators to re-apply and be re-tested in the event an operator applicant fails a test or is decertified.
Have testing procedures for re-certification designed to ensure that the operator continues to meet the technical knowledge and skills requirements in paragraphs (j)(1) and (2) of this section.
Have its accreditation reviewed by the nationally recognized accrediting agency at least every three years.
Assess the operator applicant regarding, at a minimum, the knowledge and skills listed in paragraphs (j)(1) and (2) of this section.
Provide different levels of certification based on equipment capacity and type.
An operator will be deemed qualified to operate a particular piece of equipment if the operator is certified under paragraph (b) of this section for that type and capacity of equipment or for higher-capacity equipment of that type. If no accredited testing agency offers certification examinations for a particular type and/or capacity of equipment, an operator will be deemed qualified to operate that equipment if the operator has been certified for the type/capacity that is most similar to that equipment and for which a certification examination is available. The operator's certificate must state the type/capacity of equipment for which the operator is certified.
A certification issued under this option is portable and meets the requirements of paragraph (a)(2) of this section.
A certification issued under this paragraph is valid for 5 years.