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Hoisting Machine Operator Class A

STEP 1: LICENSE CRITERIA

To become a New York City-licensed Class A Hoisting Machine Operator, the applicant 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 Hoisting Machine Operator license must meet the following qualifications:

  • Be at least eighteen (18) years old;

  • Be able to read and write the English language

  • 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 license;

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

  • At least one (1) year of the qualifying three (3) years of experience above must have been in New York City

OR

  • The applicant must have held a Hoisting Machine Operator license issued by another jurisdiction in the United States for ten (10) years prior to the application, and at least five (5) of those years of experience must be in an urban area of comparable density within the United States.

The following areas have been identified by the Department as areas of comparable density to that of New York City:

  • New York, New Jersey and Connecticut metropolitan area

  • The greater Boston, Massachusetts area

  • Los Angeles, California metropolitan area

  • Chicago, Illinois metropolitan area

  • Philadelphia, Pennsylvania tri-state metropolitan area

  • Washington, D.C. tri-state metropolitan area

  • San Francisco/Oakland California metropolitan area

  • San Diego, California metropolitan area

For specific qualifying cities within these metropolitan areas, please email the Licensing Unit at Licensingdob@buildings.nyc.gov.

STEP 3: CERTIFICATION EXAM REQUIREMENTS

To become a licensed Class A Hoisting Machine Operator the applicant 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. To obtain an HMO Class A license, you must show compliance with NCCCO certifications. An HMO A license and a TLL certification issued by NCCCO will only allow you to operate large telescopic boom cranes with a swing cab.

To obtain a Class A license, you must show a valid NCCCO certification card for at least One of the following:

  • Mobile cranes, telescopic boom cranes (swing cab) (TLL)
  • Mobile cranes, 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. To obtain an HMO Class A license, the applicant must show compliance with CIC certifications. For telescopic boom cranes a NYC HMO Class A license and a 21-75 ton certification issued by CIC will only allow the applicant to operate large telescopic boom cranes with swing cabs.

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 (TB21)

STEP 4: BACKGROUND INVESTIGATION

Once you have obtained a NCCCO or CIC certification card, the applicant must schedule an appointment with the Licensing Unit to submit his or her documents for a Background Investigation, Monday through Friday from 9:00am-12:45pm. The applicantmust bring the following original documentation to his or her appointment:

  • Original NCCCO or CIC Certification Card as cited above;

  • Department of Buildings Physical Examination Form (LIC61);

  • Proof of Certification of Compliance with substance abuse provisions. The Department will provide a substance abuse policy compliance document for the applicant to complete during his or her appointment. Prior to this appointment, the applicant will need to have a substance abuse test conducted at a laboratory or doctor’s office;

  • A typed & notarized letter from the applicant listing the name, address and telephone number of the laboratory/doctor that performed the substance abuse test and consent for the laboratory/doctor to the release such information to the Department;

  • Typed and completed LIC2 application form;

  • Typed and completed LIC34 affidavit, if applicable;

  • Typed and completed Background Investigation Questionnaire;

  • The applicant’s direct supervising licensees must complete the NYC Buildings Experience Verification Forms to support the timeframe of qualifying 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 the applicant is claiming as experience;

    Note: There is a fee charged by the Social Security Administration for this service. The applicant must request the report to be run by “company name”. the applicant may request the information by mail or in person (ordinarily the applicant can receive this instantly in person).Visit http://www.ssa.gov/online/ssa-7050.html) for more information

  • Union Extracts for the years the applicant is claiming as experience, if the applicant is a union member;

  • Driver’s License;

  • Birth Certificate, Current Passport or Green Card;

  • Social Security Card;

  • Proof of Residence (Utility Bill, Lease or Deed) or a typed notarized letter and bill from the person with whom the applicant resides;

    Note: Cell phone bills will not be accepted for proof of residence.

  • Two 2x2 Passport Sized Photos;

  • National Certification Practical Exam Results showing type of equipment on which the applicant was tested;

  • Child Support Certification Form;

  • $500 Background Fee (Cash, Check, Master Card, Visa, Discover or Amex); and

  • $91.50 Fingerprint Fee (Money Order only payable to DCAS)

Note: The applicant will not be able to obtain his or her license until he or she completes a 40-Hour Hoisting Machine Operator Department-Approved Course and receives a Certificate of Completion; course information will be provided if the applicant passes the background investigation.

STEP 5: APPLYING FOR YOUR LICENSE

If the Department determines that the applicant meets all qualifications and he or she passes the Background Investigation, the applicant will receive a letter from the Licensing Unit with a list of instructions and required items that he or she must submit to the Department to obtain his or her license including information on when and where to take the 40-Hour course.

For more information, visit the Department website at www.nyc.gov/buildings.

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