Obtain a: Master Rigger License



In order to obtain a Master Rigger license, you must meet the following qualifications prior to applying for the license:
  • Be at least eighteen (18) years old
  • Be able to read and write the English language
  • Be fit to perform the work authorized by the license
  • Have good moral character so as not to adversely impact your fitness to perform the duties and responsibilities of a Master Rigger
  • Have at least five (5) years of practical experience in the hoisting and rigging business within seven (7) years prior to application date
  • Have satisfactorily completed a Department-approved thirty (30) hour training course*
  • Have knowledge of and be able to explain the risks of such work and necessary safety precautions that must be taken, including safety loads and computations, types of rigging, size and strength of ropes, cables, blocks, poles, derricks, shear legs and other tools used during such work
* As of July 1, 2015 during the three (3) years immediately prior to renewal, the Licensee must have successfully completed a Department-approved eight (8) hour recertification course including the instruction on inspection, maintenance, repair, use, installation, hazards associated with, and the relevant sections of the Building Code and industry practice with regards to: 1) Rigging methods, hardware and equipment; 2) Hoisting machines including Cranes and Derricks; 3) Climber/Tower crane assembly, jumping, and disassembly; 4) Suspended Scaffolds; 5)Critical picks, and; 6) Fall hazards and fall protection

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


You must pass a written and practical exam in order to become a Master Rigger.

You must complete the exam application (LIC41), check the box that indicates you are a Master Rigger candidate and submit the application with the $525.00 fee to the Department (see contact information below).


After passing the written exam, you must apply to take the practical exam (LIC42). First, complete the exam application, check the box that indicates you are a Master Rigger candidate and submit the application with the $350.00 fee, payable by money order only, to:

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


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

  • If your application is accepted, you will receive an email from the exam administrator in one (1) to two (2) weeks with instructions on how to schedule your exam.  Exams are given at several locations in the State.
  • The practical exam assesses your knowledge of the rules and regulations governing hoisting and rigging in New York City, weights of various materials to be hoisted, knowledge of safety measures, accident prevention and related matter and your ability to perform rigging operations.  You will not be allowed to use reference materials during the exam.
  • Passing score is seventy (70) percent.  If you pass the written exam, the site proctor will print your report on-site and a practical exam will be scheduled.
  • If you pass the practical exam, you will receive a letter via US Mail by CPS approximately three (3) to four (4) weeks after the date of the practical exam.


In order to become a Master Rigger, you must also pass a background investigation by submitting the documents listed below, in-person and by appointment only to the:

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

You must bring the following documentation with you to your appointment:

  • Examination Score Report
  • LIC2 license application
  • Typed LIC34 if applicable
  • LIC51 application
    NOTE: Applicants may also fill out the LIC51 Voluntary Authorization for Service of Process by Email even if they would like to receive Notices of Violation (NOV)/Summonses via email.
  • LIC61 Form, must be completed by a physician within 90 days prior to the appointment date
  • 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. This is NOT the Social Security Statement.

    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 the Social Security Administration for more information

  • 30 hour Department-approved Course Certificate
  • Photo ID (driver’s license, learner’s permit, State ID, green card, or passport)
  • Original Social Security Card
  • Original birth certificate, current passport or green card
  • Proof of Residence (utility bill, bank statement, 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.
  • Two (2) passport-sized photographs
  • Child Support Certification Form

  • $500.00 Background Investigation fee

    NOTE: For questions regarding your background investigation status, email all inquiries to lbackgrounds@buildings.nyc.gov


Once you have passed the exams and the background investigation, you need to obtain your Master Rigger license card.
  • If you pass both exams and the background investigation, you will be notified in writing by the Department’s Licensing & Exams Unit that you are eligible for a Master 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 by calling the Licensing & Exams Unit at (212) 393-2259. Candidates without appointments will not be seen.

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