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Please click on the city you are interested in and it will bring you to their licensing requirements. There can be other major cities that require licensing so please check with you local government before operating in that City or State.




The number one question that frequently gets asked revolves around licensing. The OSHA Subpart CC Crane standards have spelled out specifics about crane licensing. Here is our shared opinion in bullet points in the hopes that we can keep it as easy as possible to understand:

  • OSHA now has the responsibility to ensure that crane operators are licensed.
  • OSHA will cite the employer for employing an unlicensed operator.
  • The Subpart CC Crane standards identify which license is applicable.
  • OSHA will only recognize the applicable license
  • If you are working in an American state which issues licenses, you must possess that state’s license. If you possess any other license, it will not suffice if the state you're working in doesn't recognize it.
    • For example, you work in Massachusetts. The Commonwealth of Massachusetts issues licenses, so you must have its license. No other license (Federal, DoD, CCO, CIC etc.) is recognized in Massachusetts today.
    • Or, for example, if you’re licensed in Massachusetts but you’re going to work in Connecticut, you will need to get a Connecticut license. If you are working in Connecticut with a Massachusetts license and get caught by OSHA, you can be cited.
  • If you are working in a state that instead recognizes an accredited license (CCO, CIC, NCCER), only that license will be applicable in that state.
  • In the northeast, Massachusetts, Connecticut, New York and Rhode Island are states that issue licenses.
  • New Hampshire, Vermont and Maine don't issue licenses yet.
  • States that don't issue licenses have until November 2018 to put together an OSHA compliant license program or adopt an accredited license program..
  • New York City issues its own license but accepts some accredited licenses as well. Call ahead before you take a job there.
  • States like Massachusetts require licenses regardless of the crane's location. For example, private property does not exempt the operator from licensing.

We are trying to keep on top of the decision makers to maintain which states are doing which programs. All info can change, as the 2018 deadline gets closer.

I hope this helps make sense of licensing. If you have any questions, call our office at 508.966.4100