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Hoisting Machine Operator Class B


To become a New York City-licensed Class B 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) (see Step 3);

  • Apply for and pass the Background Investigation (see Step 4);

  • Obtain your license (see Step 5).


All applicants applying for a Class B 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 trade;

  • Have good moral character so as not to adversely impact your fitness to perform the duties and responsibilities of a Hoisting Machine Operator;

  • All applicants for a Class B hoisting machine operator license shall hold a Class A basic hoisting machine operator license and shall have had at least two (2) years’ experience prior to the application date under the direct and continuing supervision of a Class B licensed hoisting machine operator, on equipment for which a Class B license is required. Refer to Rules of the City of New York 104-09 for information on qualifications & requirements.


To become a licensed Class B Hoist Machine Operator the applicant must pass the required National Commission for the Certification of Crane Operators (NCCCO) written and practical examinations. Candidate handbooks and application information can be found on their websites – NCCCO,

TO OBTAIN A CLASS B LICENSE, YOU MUST SHOW A VAILD NCCCO CERTIFICATION CARD FOR ALL OF THE FOLLOWING, because the NYC Code authorizes a Class B License to operate “Without Limitation or Restriction”:

  • Mobile cranes, large telescopic boom cranes (swing cab) (TLL)
  • Mobile cranes, small telescopic boom cranes (fixed cab) (TSS)
  • Lattice boom truck crane (LBT)
  • Lattice boom crawler crane (LBC)
  • Tower crane (TWR)


Once you have obtained an 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. The Licensing & Exams Unit is located 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 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 your 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 Experience Verification Forms from all licensed Hoisting Machine Operators that supervised the your work during the years you are claiming as experience;
    Note: The Experience Verification Forms must come from the licensed Hoisting Machine Operator who supervised the applicant’s 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. The Experience Verification form, posted on the Department website must be submitted along with the Background Investigation Questionnaire and other documents.

  • 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 ( for more information;

  • Union Extracts for the years you are claiming as experience, if applicable;

  • Current and valid Driver’s License;

  • 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).


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.

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