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Q: What is an amusement device?

A: Under 520 CMR 5.01, "amusement device" is defined as: a fixed or portable mechanical device similar to, but not limited to ferris wheels, carousals, rock walls, euro-bungee or similar devices, inclined railways or similar devices, including inflatables, as well as amusement devices as defined by ASTM. Other amusement devices include go karts, concession go karts, and other mechanical devices that are confined to one path of travel.

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Q: Who must be licensed as an amusement device operator?

A: A person who owns and operates, either individually or through an agent, an amusement device as that is defined by regulation at 520 CMR 5.01.

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Q: How do I obtain an amusement device operators license?

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1. First, please read through the application packet , available on-line at www.mass.gov/dps. Send your completed application to the Department and include the following:

a. A completed application form. This is a 5 page form requiring information about you and an itinerary for the rides you intend to operate.

b. An original insurance certificate for at least $2,000,000 for all amusement devices except "Small inflatable devices" which shall be insured for at least $1,000,000.00. Insured devices must be included with the certificate.

c. A completed certified inspector's report on a form approved by the Department. The form may be obtained on-line at www.mass.gov/dps. An itinerary. This is a form which lists the locations and dates where the owner intends to use an amusement device, as well as the intended amusement devices to be used at that location. The form requires the following information:

e. A copy of the Manufacturer's Data Report for each ride.

f. Documentation of the names of the trained and certified operators for each ride at the time of application submission.

g. Name and contact information, and certification documentation of the certified maintenance mechanic.

h. A copy of all manuals and bulletins for the devices to be operated.

i. One legible copy of a government- issued picture identification bearing your signature.

2. Complete a CORI Request Form. You may obtain a form on-line at www.mass.gov/dps .

3. A bank check or money order payable to the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, in an amount equal to $40.00 per amusement device for which you are seeking registration.

4. Submit a CORI procedure for the Department's approval. Pursuant to 520 CMR 5.00, any amusement device owner must perform criminal inquiries on their employees prior to hiring. However, a CORI check should not be performed until a person has been deemed qualified to be hired for the position in question. For more information, please see the "Criminal History Inquiry Guidelines for Owners of Amusement Devices" and the "Model Policy" , located on-line at http://www.mass.gov/dps.

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Q: Who does the Department perform a criminal background check on?

A: The Department performs background checks on amusement device owners licensed by the Department.

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Q: What steps regarding CORI inquiries must amusement device owners take to be licensed by the Department?

A: Pursuant to 520 CMR 5.00, owners seeking a license to operate amusement devices in the Commonwealth will now be subject to a Criminal Offender Record Information (CORI) background check. In addition, owners will also be required to conduct CORI inquiries on certain employees. First, the owner must submit a "CORI Request Form" to the Department of Public Safety. Owners may obtain a "CORI Request Form" www.mass.gov/dps. Once the owner submits the CORI Request Form to the Department, Department personnel who have been authorized by the CHSB to perform CORI checks will submit the form to the Criminal History System Board (CHSB). CHSB's authorized personnel will process the CORI and notify the Department of the results. By signing the Request Form, the owner authorizes the Department to perform the background check .

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Q: What procedures must amusement device owners comply with to be deemed suitable for purposes of the CORI background check?

A: An owner will either be found suitable or discretionarily or presumptively disqualified. The guidelines the Department uses to make the determination may be viewed at www.mass.gov/dps. If the owner has submitted all of the other required documentation and all other license requirements are met, the Department may then issue a license upon a determination of suitability of the owner.

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Q. Once an owner has been certified by CHSB to conduct inquires on their employees, how does the owner perform the CORI checks on employees?

A: Once an owner is certified by CHSB to check applicants' CORI reports, the owner will receive an information packet directly from CHSB. This packet contains instructions on how to read a CORI report, and how to fill out a specially coded CORI Request Form. Please note that you may not submit the DPS CORI Request form to CHSB for inquiries on applicants for employment. You must use the specially coded form which will be provided by CHSB for this purpose. An applicant for employment must complete the CORI Request Form to enable the performance of a background check. The owners may reproduce the form for inclusion in their application, however under no circumstances are the owners to vary the form or use another version. Please note, however, a CORI check should not be performed until a person has been deemed qualified to be hired for the position in question.

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Q: How should owners determine whether an applicant is suitable for hiring after receiving a CORI report from CHSB?

A: Once an owner receives a CORI report back from CHSB, it is the responsibility of the owner to make a determination of suitability for employment. The Department has provided guidelines ("Criminal History Guidelines for Owners of Amusement Devices") which are available at www.mass.gov/dps. Owners should direct questions related to the interpretation of CORI reports to the CHSB CORI Unit at (617) 660-4640.

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Q: What is a Certified Maintenance Mechanic?

A: A Certified Maintenance Mechanic is an individual designated by the owner of an amusement device as the person responsible for overseeing the maintenance of amusement devices and who has a valid NAARSO Level I or II certification, AIMS Level I or II maintenance certification or a person holding a B.S. in engineering with a minimum of three years experience in the amusement industry, or a person certified by the Department as a certified maintenance mechanic. 520 CMR 5.01.

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Q: How do I become certified by the Department as a Certified Maintenance Mechanic?

A: You may obtain a temporary certification by completing the following requirements:

1. You must have a minimum of 3 years experience in the amusement industry.

2. Complete a Certified Amusement Maintenance Mechanic Application, available at www.mass.gov/dps . This is a 2 page form requiring information about you and your work experience. A check or money order for $100.00 payable to the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

3. Send the completed application to the following address:

Department of Public Safety - Amusement Division
One Ashburton Place Room 1301
Boston, MA 02108

4. Pass an examination administered by the Department, pursuant to 520 CMR 5.02.

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Q: How can I register to take the examination?

A: You must complete a Certified Amusement Maintenance Mechanic (CMM) application available at http://www.mass.gov/dps . This is a two page form requiring information about you and your prior employment. Submit the completed form to the Department at the following address:

Department of Public Safety - Amusement Division
One Ashburton Place Room 1301
Boston, MA 02108

Someone from the Department will contact you to schedule an examination.

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Q: May I fax my application to be a certified amusement maintenance mechanic to the Department?

A: No. The Department requires original documents unless specifically provided otherwise.

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Q: What information will the examination cover?

A: The information in the examination will depend upon the type of CMM license you have applied for. There is a different examination for each of the following licenses: CMM Unlimited, CMM Inflatables Only, CMM Carousels Only, CMM Mobile Rock Walls Only, and CMM Challenge Course/ Permanent Rock Walls Only. You will be examined on the applicable sections of the ASTM, 520 CMR 5.00, and the manual or documentation for the specific device(s) your CMM will cover.

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Q: After I have completed the application and examination process, how long will it take to receive my certification?

A: You will receive your certification within approximately two (2) to three (3) weeks.

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Q: How long is the maintenance mechanic certification valid?

A: The certification will be valid for 2 years from the date of issuance and maybe renewed with a fee of $75.00. The license will expire, however, if the holder ceases to be employed as an amusement maintenance mechanic for a period of one year or more, pursuant to 520 CMR 5.02.

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Q: What is a Certified Inspector?

A: A Certified Inspector is a person who has obtained a Massachusetts Certificate of Competency to inspect amusement devices, and who is not an employee of the Department. The Certified Inspector issues a report regarding an amusement device's compliance with the safety standards detailed in 520 CMR 5.02. Certified Inspectors may obtain a report form at www.mass.gov/dps .

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Q: How do I become a Certified Inspector?

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1. First, read through the application for Certificate of Competency as Inspector of Amusement Devices, available at www.mass.gov/dps . Send the following to the Department:

a. A completed application form. This is a 2 page form requiring information about you and your work experience.

b. A letter from your insurance company verifying your employment.

c. A check or money order for $100.00 made out to the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

2. Send your completed application to the following address:

Department of Public Safety - Amusement Division
One Ashburton Place Room 1301
Boston, MA 02108

3. The Department will contact you by mail with an examination date. You must pass an oral and written exam to become certified.

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Q: May I fax my application to be a certified inspector to the Department?

A: No. The Department requires original documents unless specifically provided otherwise.

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Q: What information will the examination cover?

A: The information on the examination will depend upon the type of license you seek. There are five different categories of license: Unlimited; Inflatables Only; Carousels Only; Mobile Rock Walls Only; and Challenge Courses/ Permanent Rock Walls Only. You will be examined on the applicable sections of the ASTM, 520 CMR 5.00, and the manual or documentation for the specific device(s) your certification will cover.

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Q: After I have completed the application and passed the exam, how long will it take to receive my certification?

A: You will receive your certification immediately upon successful completion of the examination with a passing score.

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Q: What precautions should riders take to protect their own safety and that of their children while on an amusement ride?

A: There are inherent risks in the participation in or on any amusement ride or device. Patrons of an amusement ride or device accept these risks by participation in the amusement activity. You are responsible for your own safety with regard to any risk that an ordinary prudent person should be aware of, and for any additional risk that you, personally, are aware of. For more information please visit the Department's website and view the Amusement Guidelines for Parents, the Inflatable Guidelines for Parents, and the Rider Responsibility Provisions.

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