How To Obtain A Tower & Climber Crane Rigger License

Step 1: Exam Guidelines

In order to obtain a Tower & Climber Crane Rigger License, you must meet the following qualifications:

  • 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 particular license
  • Have good moral character so as not to adversely impact your fitness to perform the duties and responsibilities of a Tower & Climber Crane Rigger
  • Have at least five (5) years of practical experience in tower or climber crane rigging business within seven (7) years prior to application date
  • Have knowledge of and be able to explain the risks of such work and necessary safety precautions that must be taken, including connecting pins, cables, anchorages, platforms, pads, plumbs of masts, and torques of bolts; supervision of rigging and hoisting of loads; placement of components; and coordination of sequencing

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


Step 2: Applying for the Exam

You must pass a written and practical exam in order to become a Tower & Climber Crane Rigger.

You must complete the exam application (LIC41), check the box that indicates you are a Tower/Climber Crane 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). To do this you must complete the exam application, check the box that indicates you are a Tower/Climber Crane 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, 1st Floor
New York, NY 10007


Step 3: Scheduling Your Exam

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

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


Step 4: Background Investigation

In order to become a Tower & Climber Crane Rigger, you must also pass a background investigation by submitting the below documents, in person and by appointment only, to the Department at:

NYC Department of Buildings
Licensing & Exams Unit
280 Broadway, 1st Floor
New York, NY 10007

  • Examination Score Report
  • 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
    : 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
  • 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 with whom you are residing
    : Cell phone bills will not be accepted.
  • Latest pay stub or W-2
  • Two (2) passport sized photographs
  • DOB Physical Examination Form Buildings Physical Examination Form LIC61 signed by a physician or a current signed Department of Transportation Medical Examiner’s Certificate
  • Proof of Certification of Compliance with substance abuse provisions. The Department will provide a substance abuse policy compliance document for you to complete during your appointment. Prior to this appointment, you will need to have a substance abuse test conducted at a laboratory or doctor’s office
  • Notarized letter from the Licensee that includes the physician’s/laboratory’s name, address, phone number and your consent to release the results of the substance abuse test to the Department upon request
  • $500.00 background fee

Note: Applicants have ONE year to complete the submission of all documentation.


Step 5: Obtaining the License Card

Once you have passed both exams and the background investigation, you need to obtain your Tower & Climber Crane Rigger License.

  • 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 Tower/Climber Crane Rigger License.
  • You have one (1) year from the date of that letter to submit 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 Unit at (212) 393-2259. Candidates without appointments will not be seen.


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