Who Needs a Massachusetts Hoisting License?

Whether you are a contractor looking to renew your Massachusetts hoisting license, or you are just starting to obtain the many licenses you will need to land more work, you will undoubtedly run into the following two questions:

  1. Who needs a Massachusetts hoisting license?
  2. How do you obtain a hoisting license in Massachusetts?

Starting with the first question, let’s talk about who needs a hoisting license.

Knowing When to Get a Hoisting License

Simply put, you will need a license if you operate any hoisting equipment that is capable of the following:

  • Hoisting more than 500 pounds
  • Lifting loads more than 10 feet
  • Hoisting loads that are larger than a ¼ cubic yard

A few common examples of hoisting equipment that requires this special licensure include the following:

  • Excavators
  • Backhoes
  • Front End Loaders
  • Drill Rigs
  • Lattice Cranes
  • Telescoping Booms (with and without wire rope)

These are only a few examples of the broad array of equipment that falls under hoisting. If you are a contractor who plans to use any of these types of equipment, you are required to get a Mass. hoisting license and keep it up to date.

Myths About Who Needs to Hold a Hoisting License

In some cases, you might falsely believe that the hoisting machinery you’re operating doesn’t require a license.

For example, if you use hoisting equipment on private property, you might assume you do not need a license. The reality is that you are required to hold a hoisting license—even to operate on private property.

Another common myth is that if you are not using your equipment in ways that would trigger the need for a license, then you are exempt. The truth is that if the equipment is in working condition, it doesn’t matter how you are using it. You must hold a hoisting license.

Another misconception is that a hoisting license is not necessary if you are operating equipment in the presence of someone else who has a Mass. hoisting license. No matter who else holds a license, the moment you operate hoisting machinery, you need one of your own. Each person needs to carry this license, and you need to renew it on time.

How You Can Get a Hoisting License in Massachusetts

For those who need to carry a hoisting license in Massachusetts, the next natural question is, how do I obtain one? The Massachusetts government has dictated the following in regard to obtaining licensure:

“To obtain a license, hoisting operators must be 18 years old, complete an application, and successfully pass an exam covering all working parts of the hoisting machinery, safe operating practices, hand signals, and inspection procedures.”

The exam is difficult, so it’s a good idea to enroll in a course that prepares you for the examination.

If you are wondering how you can get a hoisting license in Massachusetts, our At Leisure team is here to help. We offer both initial licensure courses and renewal options. Our courses are done at your leisure, allowing you to work towards the licenses you need in your own time. Reach out to learn more about how our courses work or sign up to begin earning your hoisting license today.