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Tower / Climber Crane Rigger License

SECTION 1: EXAM GUIDELINES

In order to obtain a Tower & Climber Crane Rigger License, you 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 Tower & Climber Crane Rigger;

  • Have at least five (5) years of practical experience in the tower or climber crane rigging business within seven (7) years prior to application;

  • Have knowledge of and be able to explain the risks of such work and necessary safety precautions that must be taken, including connecting pins, cables, anchorages, platforms, pads, plumbs of masts and torques of bolts; supervision of rigging and hoisting of loads; placement of components; and coordination of sequencing;

  • Have satisfactorily completed a thirty (30) hour training course from a Department-approved 30-Hour Climber/Tower Rigger Crane within three (3) years prior to application.

Note: Please see the full text of Title 28 of the New York City Administrative Code for all the qualifications requirements

SECTION 2: APPLYING FOR THE EXAM

You must pass a written and practical exam in order to become a Tower & Climber Crane Rigger.

Written
You must complete the exam application LIC41, check the box that indicates you are a Tower/Climber Crane Rigger candidate, and submit the application with the $525 fee to the Department (see contact information below). You must also complete and submit the supplemental exam application.

Practical
After passing the written exam, you must apply to take the practical exam LIC42. To do this you must complete the exam application, check the box that indicates you are a Tower & Climber Crane Rigger candidate and submit the application with the $350 fee, payable by money order only, to:

NYC Department of Buildings
Licensing & Exams Unit
280 Broadway, 6th Floor
New York, NY 10007

SECTION 3: SCHEDULING YOUR EXAM

After submitting your exam application, you must next schedule your exams.

  • If your application is accepted, you will receive an email from the administrator with instructions on how to schedule your exam. Exams are given at several different locations in the City.

  • The exams assess your knowledge of the rules and regulations governing hoisting and rigging operations in New York City, including weights for various materials hoisted, knowledge of safety measures, accident prevention and related matter as well as candidates' ability to perform rigging operations. You will not be allowed to use reference materials during the exams.

  • If you pass the written exam, a practical exam will be scheduled.

  • If you pass the practical exam, you will receive a letter notifying you of your exam score in approximately five (5) weeks after date of exam.

SECTION 4: BACKGROUND INVESTIGATION

In order to become Tower & Climber Crane Rigger, you must also pass a background investigation by submitting the documents below, in person and by appointment only, to the Department at:

Licensing & Exams Unit
NYC Department of Buildings
280 Broadway, 6th Floor
New York, NY 10007

  • Examination Score Report Form;

  • Typed LIC2 application form;

  • Notarized Background Investigation Questionnaire;

  • Experience Verification Forms from all supervisors for the years you are claiming as experience;
    Note: Experience Verification Forms from company Human Resources will not be accepted

  • 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.

  • Photo ID (driver license);

  • Original Social Security Card;

  • Original birth certificate, current passport or Green Card;

  • Proof of residence with a utility bill, lease or deed or a typed notarized letter and bill from the person you are residing with;
    Note: Cell phone bills will not be accepted

  • Latest pay stub or W-2;

  • Two (2) passport sized photographs;

  • Child Support Certification Form

  • DOB Physical Examination Form Buildings Physical Examination Form LIC61 signed by a physician or a current signed Department of Transportation Medical Examiner’s Certificate;

  • 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;

  • Notarized letter from the licensee that includes the physician’s/laboratory’s name, address, phone number and your consent to release the results of the substance abuse test to the Department upon request;

  • $500 background check fee.

SECTION 5: APPLYING FOR YOUR LICENSE

Once you have passed both exams and background investigation, you need to apply for your Tower & Climber Crane Rigger license.

  • If you pass both exams and the background investigation, you will be notified in writing by the Department’s Licensing Unit that you are eligible to apply for a Tower/Climber Crane Rigger license.

  • You have one (1) year from the date of that letter to begin submitting 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 retake the exams.

  • You must make an appointment to apply for a license by calling the Licensing 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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