STEP 1: LICENSE CRITERIA
To become a New York City-licensed Class A Hoist Machine Operator, you must:
Meet the License Qualifications (see Step 2);
Apply for and pass the appropriate National Commission for the Certification of Crane Operators (NCCCO) or the Crane Institute Certification (CIC) written and practical examinations (see Step 3);
Apply for and pass the Background Investigation (see Step 4); and
Apply for your license (see Step 5).
STEP 2: LICENSE QUALIFICATIONS
All applicants applying for a Class A Hoist Machine Operator license must meet the following qualifications:
Be at least eighteen (18) years old;
Be able to read and write the English language;
Be fit to perform the work authorized by the license;
Have good moral character so as not to adversely impact your fitness to perform the duties and responsibilities of a Hoisting Machine Operator;
Have at least three (3) years of experience (minimum) within five (5) years prior to applying for a Hoisting Machine Operator;
If within NYC:
Under the direct and continuing supervision of a Class A or B Hoisting Machine Operator licensed by the Department, and including outrigger placements incorporating at least one hundred (100) crane set ups, 25 of which must have occurred on machinery for which a NYC Class A license is required;
If Outside of NYC:
Under the direct and continuing supervision of a Hoisting Machine Operator licensed in an urban area of comparable density within the United States that regulates cranes, including outrigger placements incorporating at least one hundred (100) crane set ups, 25 of which must have occurred on machinery where a NYC Class A license would be required.
Additional Qualifying Experience
The following areas have been identified by the Department as areas of comparable density to that of New York City for the Hoisting Machine Operator Class A license:
- Boston, MA
- Chicago, IL
- Los Angeles, CA
- Philadelphia, PA
- San Francisco, CA
- Seattle, WA
This list is representative, but not all-inclusive.
STEP 3: CERTIFICATION EXAM REQUIREMENTS
To become a licensed Class A Hoist Machine Operator you must pass the appropriate National Commission for the Certification of Crane Operators (NCCCO) or the Crane Institute Certification (CIC) written and practical examinations for the type of machinery you intend to operate. Candidate handbooks and application information can be found on their websites – NCCCO, www.nccco.org and CIC, www.craneinstitutecertification.com.
National Commission for the Certification of Crane Operators (NCCCO)
The NCCCO certification shall permit operation of the type of equipment authorized by the New York City license. If you would like to operate both A and B type machinery, you must show compliance in Both NCCCO certifications. A TLL certification issued by NCCCO will only allow you to operate large telescopic boom cranes with a swing cab. A TSS certification from NCCCO will only allow you to operate small telescopic boom cranes with a fixed cab.
To obtain a Class A license, you must show a valid NCCCO certification card for at least One of the following:
- Telescopic boom cranes (swing cab) (TLL)
- Telescopic boom cranes (fixed cab) (TSS)
- Lattice boom truck crane (LBT)
- Lattice boom crawler crane (LBC)
- Tower crane (TWR)
- Overhead crane (OVR)
Crane Institute Certification (CIC)
The CIC Certification shall permit operation of the type of equipment authorized by the New York City license. If you would like to operate a Class A license, you must show compliance with CIC certifications. For telescopic boom cranes a 21-75 ton certification issued by CIC will only allow you to operate large telescopic boom cranes with swing cabs and an under 21 ton certification from CIC will only allow you to operate telescopic boom cranes with a fixed cab.
To obtain a Class A license, you must show a valid CIC certification card for at least One of the following:
- Lattice boom crawler (LBCW)
- Lattice boom carrier (LBCR)
- Large telescopic boom (Over 75 Tons)
STEP 4: BACKGROUND INVESTIGATION
Once you have obtained a NCCCO or CIC certification, you must call to schedule an appointment with the Licensing & Exams Unit to submit your information for a Background Investigation at 212-393-2259. Your appointment will be scheduled between 9:00am-12:45pm Monday through Friday and will be at:
New York City Department of Buildings
Licensing & Exams Unit
280 Broadway, 6th Floor
New York, NY 10007
You must bring the following original documentation with you to your appointment:
Original NCCCO or CIC Certification Card as cited above;
National Certification Practical Exam Results showing type of equipment on which you were tested (Friction or Non-Friction);
Department of Buildings Physical Examination Form (LIC-61);
Proof of Certification of Compliance with substance abuse provisions. The Department will provide a substance abuse policy compliance document for you to complete during your appointment;
Typed & notarized letter from the applicant listing the name, address and telephone number of the laboratory that performed the substance abuse test and consent for the laboratory to the release such information to the Department;
Typed and completed Background Investigation Questionnaire;
Notarized Supplemental Investigation Questionnaire;
NYC Buildings Employment Verification Forms from all licensed Hoisting Machine Operators that supervised the applicant’s work during the years he or she is claiming as experience;
Note: The Experience Verification Forms must come from the licensed Hoisting Machine Operator who supervised your work during that time, not from Human Resources. The supervising licensee must hold at minimum, the class of license for which the applicant is applying. NYC Buildings Experience Verification forms, posted on the Department website must be submitted along with the Background Investigation Questionnaire.
Social Security History of Earnings for the years you are claiming as experience;
Note: There is a fee charged by the Social Security Administration for this service. You must request the report to be run by “company name”. You may request the information by mail or in person (ordinarily you can receive this instantly in person). Visit http://www.ssa.gov/online/ssa-7050.html) for more information.
Union Extracts for the years you are claiming as experience, if applicable;
Birth Certificate, Current Passport or Green Card;
Social Security Card;
Proof of Residence (Utility Bill, Bank Statement, Lease or Deed) or a typed notarized letter and bill from the person with whom you are residing;
Note: Cell phone bills will not be accepted.
Two 2x2 Passport Sized Photos;
Certificate of Completion for the 40-Hour Hoisting Machine Operator Department-Approved Course;
Child Support Certification Form;
$500 Background Fee (Cash, Check, Master Card, Visa, Discover or Amex payable to Department of Buildings).
STEP 5: OBTAINING THE LICENSE CARD
Once you have passed the background investigation, you need to obtain your Hoisting Machine Operator license.
If you pass the background investigation, you will be notified in writing by the Department’s Licensing & Exams Unit that you are eligible for a Hoisting Machine Operator license.
You have one (1) year from the date of that letter to submit the required documents for your license. If you do not complete the process within one (1) year of the date on the letter, you will be required to reapply for the background investigation.
You must make an appointment by calling the Licensing & Exams Unit at (212) 393-2259. All documents submitted must be originals; copies will not be accepted. Candidates without appointments will not be seen.
For more information, visit the Department website at www.nyc.gov/buildings.