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Hoisting Machine Operator Class C1, C2 or C3

STEP 1: LICENSE CRITERIA

To become a New York City-licensed Class C Hoist 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

  • Obtain your license (see Step 5)

STEP 2: LICENSE QUALIFICATIONS

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;

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

  • Have at least two (2) years of experience within the three (3) years prior to application under the direct and continuing supervision of a licensed Hoist Machine Operator in New York City or in another jurisdiction that regulates crane operators and have at least one hundred (100) crane set ups; and

  • At least one (1) year of the qualifying experience must have been in New York City or in an urban area of comparable density;

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 contact the Licensing Unit via email at Licensingdob@buildings.nyc.gov.

STEP 3: EXAM REQUIREMENTS

To become a licensed Class C Hoist 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 the applicant intends 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 the applicant would like to operate all C type machinery, he or she must show compliance in Two CCO certifications. An NYC HMO Class C License and a TLL certification issued by NCCCO will only allow the applicant to operate large telescopic boom cranes with a swing cab. A TSS certification from NCCCO will only allow the applicant to operate small telescopic boom cranes with a fixed cab.

To obtain a Class C1 license, the applicant must show a valid CCO certification card for one or both of the following:

  • Mobile cranes, large telescopic boom cranes (swing cab) (TLL);
  • Mobile cranes, small telescopic boom cranes (fixed cab) (TSS)

To obtain a Class C2 license, the applicant must show a valid CCO certification card for one or both of the following:

  • Mobile cranes, large telescopic boom cranes (swing cab) (TLL);
  • Mobile cranes, small telescopic boom cranes (fixed cab) (TSS)

To obtain a Class C3 license, you must show a valid CCO certification card for:

  • Mobile cranes, small telescopic boom cranes (fixed cab) (TSS)

Crane Institute Certification (CIC)

The CIC Certification shall permit operation of the type of equipment authorized by the New York City license. If the applicant would like to operate all Class C type machinery, he or she must show compliance with Two CIC certifications. A NYC HMO C License and an under 21 ton certification from CIC will only allow the applicant to operate small telescopic boom cranes with a fixed cab.

To obtain a Class C1 license, the applicant must show a valid CIC certification card for one or both of the following:

  • Telescoping boom cranes, 21-75 tons (swing cab);
  • Telescoping boom cranes, under 21 tons (fixed cab)

To obtain a Class C2 license, the applicant must show a valid CIC certification card for one or both of the following:

  • Telescoping boom cranes, 21-75 tons (swing cab);
  • Telescoping boom cranes, under 21 tons (fixed cab)

To obtain a Class C3 license, the applicant must show a valid CIC certification card for:

  • Telescoping boom cranes, under 21 tons (fixed cab)

STEP 4: BACKGROUND INVESTIGATION

Once the applicant has obtained a NCCCO or CIC Certification, he or she must schedule an appointment with the Licensing Unit to submit his or her information for a background investigation Monday through Friday from 9:00am-12:45pm. The Applicant must bring the following original documentation to the appointment:

  • 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;

  • NYC Buildings Experience Verification Forms from all licensed Hoisting Machine Operators that supervised 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

  • Social Security History of Earnings for the years the applicant 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 you 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 he or she is a union member;

  • Child Support Certification Form;

  • Valid 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 is residing;

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

  • Two 2x2 Passport Sized Photos;

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

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

STEP 5: OBTAINING 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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