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This course is for those seeking a MA Temporary Permit to operate equipment ONLY through an approved ARAM Rental Facility. The MA Temporary Permit is a non-renewable permit issued to Compact Hoisting Machinery operators, which is Hoisting Machinery with a manufacturer’s listed gross vehicle weight not exceeding 8,000 lbs. Hoisting Machinery that requires a Class 1, Class 3 ,or Class 4 Hoisting Machinery License, as listed in 520 CMR 6.10, are excluded. Permits have a duration of 14 days, and may ONLY be issued for rented equipment from approved ARAM Rental Facilities. Click here to find an approved ARAM Rental Facility.


ARA of Massachusetts


  • The temporary permit is valid for 14 consecutive days only
  • No person shall be issued more than one (1) temporary permit in a 45-day period
  • Temporary permits may include all three equipment types, as long as they fall within the 14 day period
  • All applicants must be at least 18 years of age and possess a valid driver's license to operate a motor vehicle

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Skid Steer


Mini Excavator




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June 15, 2017 - Notice of Compact Hoisting Machine License Requirements from Division of Professional Licensure

Ladies and Gentlemen -

We would like to take this opportunity to address recent changes at the Department of Public Safety (DPS).

On March 27, 2017, the DPS merged with the Division of Professional Licensure (DPL) and was renamed the Office of Public Safety and Inspections (OPSI). The DPL oversees 28 boards of registration and the Office of Occupational Schools, which licenses and regulates more than 387,000 individuals, businesses and schools to practice in excess of 50 trades and professions in Massachusetts. Under the direction of Commissioner Charles Borstel, OPSI will continue its efforts to promote public safety through regulation and licensing.

It is with this intent that we wish to address the recent confusion regarding the definition of hoisting machinery and its applicability to compact hoisting machinery. The current version of 520 CMR 6.00, promulgated on November 18, 2016, modified the definition of hoisting machinery to read:

Derricks, cableways, machinery used for discharging cargoes, and temporary elevator cars used on excavation work or used for hoisting building material, when the motive power to operate such machinery is mechanical and other than steam, including but not limited to excavators, backhoes, front end loaders, uniloaders, skid loader, skid steer loaders, compact loaders or similar devices, lattice cranes, derricks, cranes with or without wire rope; all fork lifts, powered industrial lift trucks, overhead hoists (underhung), overhead cranes, underhung cranes, monorail cranes, lifting devices, cableways, powered platforms and any other equipment that has the minimum capability of hoisting the load higher than ten feet, and either the capability of lifting loads greater than 500 pounds or the capacity of the bucket exceeds ¼ cubic yards; overhead bridge cranes, electric or air driven hoists, pendant controlled hoists, specialty equipment as categorized by license grade in 520 CMR 6.00.

It was brought to the attention of OPSI that some have questioned whether or not the new definition suggests that compact hoisting machinery that cannot hoist loads higher than ten (10) feet may be considered exempt from licensing requirements of 520 CMR 6.00. This notice is to clarify that OPSI deems compact hoisting machinery to meet the definition of hoisting machinery and is therefore subject to established provisions of 520 CMR 6.00. Although compact hoisting machinery has a gross vehicle weight not exceeding 8,000 pounds, these machines are still excavators, backhoes, and skid steers which are defined as hoisting machinery regardless of their rated capabilities.

A period of 90 days from the date of this notice will be allowed for members of the short-term rental industry and the operators of compact hoisting machinery to comply. During this 90 day period, OPSI inspectors will perform random compliance checks to verify that compact hoisting machinery operators are appropriately licensed. Please note that OPSI is empowered to and reserves the right to issue warnings and, where appropriate, monetary civil fines for noncompliance with 520 CMR 6.00.