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Crane Operator


A crane operator operates any type of crane (cable, boom or hydraulic) on a construction, demolition or excavation site, outside of New York City.

Certification Requirements

An applicant must file an application for certification with the New York State Department of Labor in order to become a certified crane operator.

Age Requirement

Must be at least 21 years of age.


Minimum of 3 years practical experience in the operation and maintenance of a crane.

Fees: (as of August 1, 2012)

$150 New (non-refundable)
$150 Renewal

Examination Description

Both written and practical.

Certification Renewals

Every 3 years.

Certificates Issued and Active

As of March 1, 2012, there were 3,016 active certificates outstanding for this occupation.

Licensing Authority

New York State Department of Labor
Division of Safety and Health
Licensing and Certification Unit
State Office Campus, Building 12, Room 161
Albany, New York 12240-0001
Phone: (518) 485-7815
Fax: (518) 485-8530

Standard Occupational Classification

53-7021 - Crane and Tower Operators
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Fees stated and other information contained in this report are subject to change. Please contact the licensing authority listed above for the most current information.

This page was last updated on 9/11/12.

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